A few weeks ago I was browsing on Facebook when a promoted ad caught my eye. The Shangri-La Hotel group invites guest chefs to do pop-up events at their hotels around the world, and I know from reading about them in the past that these have included some of the world's celebrated chefs. I got a little curious and clicked on the ad, and soon I found myself rounding up a few friends to have lunch at a restaurant I haven't stepped foot in a long time.
Petrus at the Island Shangri-La is hosting Frédéric Anton, who has been with Le Pré Catelan for nearly 20 years and helped it acquire three of those coveted Michelin stars. I've long heard the name but never had the opportunity to visit, so this would be my chance to get a sense of what it might be like to dine there.
We had a choice for each of the three (or four) courses, but I really wish that I could have taken every single one of them, since they all sounded really delicious. Indeed, the courses I ended up not choosing all looked really good.
One of our dining companions generously brought a bottle of 2007 Louis Roederer Cristal. The first pour was not as cold, which delivered noticeable acidity. After cooling down in an ice bucket, there was a little more of the toasty notes on the nose.
I wasn't really feeling like drinking much at lunch, so I didn't take the sommelier's offer of 2004 Petrus by the glass (which was offered at a decent price, TBH), nor sharing in the bottle of red Burg that the others at the table shared.
This was a very good and relaxing Friday lunch, and I was pretty stuffed by the end. Perhaps I'd have the opportunity to take in the beautiful views and the cuisine at Le Pré Catelan... soon.
P.S. Many thanks to the sommelier for waiving corkage for our bubbly.