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LAtelier de Joel Robuchon

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With a string of Michelin stars to his name, Joël Robuchon offers stellar gastronomy at the London outpost of his global empire. Like its neighbour The Ivy, this hotspot hides its interior from the gaze of casual passers-by, so there's a delicious sense of anticipation as you arrive. To begin, sip a chic aperitif in the bijou bar with its secluded rooftop terrace. Located on the first floor, the restaurant is the largest space (good for groups or business lunches), but we think the ground floor holds most appeal, with its shiny red stools and open kitchen dramatically framed by sleek black decor. Meticulously choreographed chefs can be seen preparing intricate multi-layered plates notable for their complex flavours and textures: a silky poached egg coated in crisp rice batter topped with caviar; juicy tiger prawn spun in vermicelli and laced with exotic lime and sumac; velvety hot foie gras with a ‘rolled heart’ of tangy green apple and hibiscus juice. Service never disappoints, and satisfied customers rightly deem the whole experience “excellent”.

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L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

13-15 West Street ,London WC2H 9NE

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by   bronze reviewer (12)

Feb 2014

Although there are more economic options available we opted for the 8 course tasting menu with wine matching and were not disappointed. While undoubtedly pricey, the food was of an extremely high standard and the servers courteous, friendly and professional throughout. Other diners may prefer a more formal presentation but the style at Joel Robuchon worked well for our party. From the amuse bouche (foie gras, port reduction and parmesan foam) through to the end this experience was a delight. Highly...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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Outstanding

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May 2013

The food is quite outstanding and entirely worthy of the 2 Michelin stars. Value of money amongst the global elite of restaurants is comparative and in this case, while not cheap, this is value for the money. To be able to watch the chef and his team on the ground floor L'Atelier is a privilege and you should ask to sit at the bar. Cannot fault it and now in my personal global Top 10 restaurants

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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by   platinum reviewer (107)

Jan 2013

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If you go sit at the bar. It is unusual to have this type of top-notch haute cuisine being prepared in front of your eyes (as you would in a sushi restaurant) and it adds to the experience.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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Dec 2012

Lovely place to go to if you want a good meal in a quiet place where you can enjoy good conversation. Me and my sister went for the ground level counter area, and we both had the tasting menu. Much is down to individual tastes and you may not like all the dishes – personal taste! It is expensive but considering the overall experience we were happy. The counter seating is good if you are going as a couple or 3 people, but any more and you're better on a table as it's hard to talk to someone 2 seats...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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Oct 2012

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I booked a table for 3 people as I had 2 visitors from Australia and went to L'Atelier for lunch. We had 2 course set lunch with matching wine. As we were 3 of us, the staff seated us cleverly in a L shaped corner where 2 sat on one side and the 3rd person on the other side. My visitors commented how the seats were so comfortable, correct height, not too tall not too short. Until they mentioned, I didn't realise how comfortable the chairs were. We had main course and desert for our 2 courses. My...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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May 2012

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Editor's pick Our visit to L'Atelier was overall a great gastronomic experience, although it didn't quite meet my, admittedly sky high, expectations. We went for the set lunch, four courses with matching wines (£60). A starter of white asparagus with quail eggs and honeyed pistachio nuts was beautifully delicate. But my second starter, the pate, was not worth the £7 supplement: too rustic, too chunky, with lumps of gelatin and not enough foie gras and with a matching wine which was too flabby to cope. My main...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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by   platinum reviewer (125)

Mar 2012

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon is absolutely sublime. The centre of attention is and has to be the food and its preparation. Both in the upstairs “cuisine” and the downstairs “comptoir” (the original bar dining on high stools) the team in the kitchen is on full display to the diners. The professionalism, dedication and perfect results are nothing short of inspiring. There is no shouting and throwing as some biritish TV chefs would like us have believe. Here a zen-like approach is evident and the result...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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    New Yorker Meets London :: A lunch with L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon | New Yorker Meets London

    I have been to L’Atelier many times before, but only to make use of the quiet tucked away cocktail bar upstairs. I would sink into one of the comfy fluffy sofa chairs to celebrate the end of a fun packed week with some friends. Sometimes, the bartender would even make a cocktail personalised for each guest, mine was a bubblegum vodka with white chocolate, it was incredible!

    This was the first time I have returned to dine here. I knew that L’Atelier had two Michelin stars, but lost its second one in 2013, so I was interested to find out what kind of experience awaits me...
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Essential Details for L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

  • Address: 13-15 West Street, London WC2H 9NE
  • Telephone: 020 7010 8600
  • Email: info@joelrobuchon.co.uk
  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun -4pm) 5.30-10.30pm (Sun 6.30- )
  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Covent Garden
  • Price: £81.00
  • Wine: £32.00
  • Champagne: £84
  • Lunch: £35/38 (2/3 courses)
  • Private Dining: 12

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