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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.
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 might prefer the many and varied pleasures of KFC. But the problem with so much choice is that it often paralyses you with indecision and instead of constantly trying out new places, you end up going over and over to the same places.
That’s the only reason I can think of why I have left it seven years to venture back to L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon after my initial visit back in 2006. It’s been too long – it really has. Joel Robuchon is the French chef wunderkind who famously retired at the pinnacle of his career, in possession of six Michelin stars. He launched his less formal L’atelier Joel Robuchon concept in 2003 and his London restaurant is part of this venture. Just as I remembered, you are not allowed to wander off to find your table alone but are escorted every step of the way (even in the lift) – but that is probably because the layout is so confusing, with two separate dining areas on different floors plus a basement bar... More from Cooksister »
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... More from Frenchy love food »
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... More from The Picky Glutton »
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 Summer. This visit we decided to check out the 1st floor (more ‘formal’ dining area). More from FoodiesOnTheProwl FoodiesOnTheProwl »
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.
guide to Michelin
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 for leather and go for the £129 10 course taster menu, to try and get a good cross section of what was on offer (although I was tempted by the £49 poached egg starter from the ‘a la carte’ menu)... More from randommondays »
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.