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Despite losing one of its two Michelin stars in 2013, it’s business as usual at this ‘oasis of calm professionalism’. Diners continue to rave about the ‘outstanding’ and ‘sublime’ dishes devised by superstar chef Joël Robuchon and theatrically prepared in the open kitchen attached to the sleek black and red L’Atelier. Book a seat at the counter to admire and sample beautiful, exquisitely presented small plates defined by highly intricate flavours – from perfectly caramelised quail stuffed with velvety foie gras to roast John Dory on a subtly spiced bed of coco beans and chorizo or the signature ‘caviar’ – delicate layers of crabmeat, lobster jelly and oscietra caviar playfully served in a tin with a tiny pearl spoon. Multi-course set menus are a great way to experience such stellar cooking on a budget, though pitch-perfect wine matches from the ‘charming’ sommelier team are worth the extra investment. Upstairs, La Cuisine is a more natural choice for big groups or business, but you can expect ‘meticulous service’ throughout.

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  1. In the past we visited L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurants in Paris and London. We’ve found the experience to be equally excellent in both cities and both experiences left us wanting more…

    L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London is located in the popular West End theatre district of London and the interior is pretty theatrical and dramatic indeed. The ground floor is similar to Paris St. Germain restaurant, where guests are seated around a large open kitchen and can sit at the counter. The 1st floor is a more ‘formal’ dining area and the 2nd floor is a bar and terrace area, which I imagine is nice during the...
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  1. Published : Friday, 21 December 2012

    randommondays :: L'€™Atelier de Joel Robuchon

    It’s been a while…. I know… We’ve been very busy, but what’s important is we’re back and ending the year on a high, or at the very least with a large bill.

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    Luckily, due to unforeseen circumstances, the opportunity arose to have a big blow out. We decided to pay a visit to one of London’s two-Michelin-starred restaurants, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, in Covent Garden. Naturally, when visiting a restaurant of this billing, you’d be forgiven for getting excited, having big expectations and wanting to try absolutely everything on the menu. Bearing this in mind, we decided to go hell...
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  1. Published : Monday, 8 April 2013

    Frenchy love food :: L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

    Lovely lunch at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. We had a seat on the Indian rosewood counter which surrounds the kitchen, and gives a perfect view on dishes preparation and the vegetal wall, then we went to the Bar & Terrasse to savour our desserts. Atmosphere of the two rooms was very nice but a little bit too much red and black in my opinion...
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  1. Published : Friday, 6 December 2013

    Cooksister :: L'Atelier

    One of the things I love best about London is the abundance of choice. I might go and see a musical; you might prefer classical ballet; or even an experimental dance company from Montenegro. I might choose to go and see Billy Bragg playing his singular brand of political folk music while friend might prefer to listen to Adele warble on about rolling in the deep; and yet another friend might prefer to go and hear a DJ pumping out hard house tracks at a funky club. Or (purely hypothetically, of course!) I might choose to dine in a Michelin-starred restaurant while hubby will only visit steakhouses, and another friend...
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  1. Published : Friday, 1 June 2012

    Edesia Is Hungry - Food of the Gods :: L'Atelier

    My first visit to L'Atelier was in February, and we went to celebrate my wife's birthday. L'Atelier is the London outpost of the esteemed Joel Robuchon, and follows the format and design of a number of these outposts from Paris to Tokyo. The restaurant is set up in 3 sections, a dining area based around the kitchen, a formal dining area and a bar/garden on the top floor. We sat at the bar area around the kitchen area, the best seats in the house as you can see all the dishes being cooked and assembled  As my wife is a vegetarian she chose the vegetarian tasting menu, and as it was her birthday, I chose it too so we...
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  1. The decor and atmosphere may be warm, casual and inviting, but the food is unapologetically Modern European with attentive, knowledgeable service to match. The amuse bouche of foie gras topped with a parmesan foam...
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Joel Robuchon

Born in Poitiers in 1945, Joel Robuchon originally intended to join the priesthood, but family difficulties forced him to find work & at 15 he took on an apprenticeship at the Relais de Poitiers. In 1966 he became official chef to La Tour de France, where he learnt a variety of diverse regional techniques. At 28, he became head chef at Harmony-Lafayette, overseeing 3,000 meals a day. In 1981 he launched Jamin in Paris & within three years had received three Michelin stars. In 1996 he left his Parisian flagship, but maintained the direction of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Tokyo. He opened another L'Atelier in Paris in 2003 & has since established outlets in Las Vegas, New York & London.

Essential Details for L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Covent Garden
  • Price: £81.00
  • Wine: £32.00
  • Champagne: £79.00
  • Lunch: £22/27 (2/3 courses)

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