An exceptional dinner at
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

In 1989 Joël Robuchon was named ‘Chef of The Century’ by Gault Millau. He has many restaurants all around the world and has accumulated a total of 25 Michelin Guide stars – the most of any chef in the world.

So to say he knows his stuff is a bit of an understatement.

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, an enormous building set over several floors, is on West Street, a short walk from either Leicester Square or Covent Garden station in the heart of sparkling Theatre Land.

So it was the perfect location for pre-theatre dinner when LM and I went to see Derren Brown’s show ‘Miracle’ a couple of weeks ago at the Palace Theatre… (which was very good but I’m afraid I have been sworn to secrecy!)

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Champagne to start…

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

We could see all the activity in the kitchen from where we sat at the bar

We ate in the ground floor restaurant, where we sat up at the long, black and super shiny Japanese-inspired open counter, where we could watch the food being prepared before our very eyes. The kitchen was a real hive of activity and the food that was being created was utterly exquisite.

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

L’amuse Bouche: Royale of foie gras, aged port reduction, parmesan foam

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Le Caviar: Sologne Imperial Caviar on a symphony of salmon tartar, served with a glass of Pully Fumé and a Mother of Pearl spoon…

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

We had chosen a tasting menu, where every course that arrived was more beautiful and intricate than the one before. We were really and truly blown away.

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

La Truffe Noire: Soft boiled egg on a black truffle coulis and young Comté cheese cream

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Le Black Cod: Black cod marinated with miso, served on a daikon purée with yuzu

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

The bar is long and dramatic…

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Outside inside…

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

La Caille: Free range quail stuffed with foie gras and mashed potatoes

The mashed potatoes were so so SO smooth and creamy… and made us both agree once again that we need to buy a ricer. These were mashed potatoes to aspire to and even came with a little extra pot on the side in case we wanted more. We did.

The mashed potato is, I believe, world famous and is whisked by hand until it becomes something of a mousse… it was unbelievable.

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Le Veau: Confit veal cheek, spicy Thai jus and crunchy vegetables

And then it was time for dessert… and for the bar to be raised even higher seemed impossible. We were wrong.

We were presented with an incredible ‘Mango Bubble’, which seemed to glow under the lights…

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Mango bubble, popping candy, crunchy macadamia and passionata sorbet

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Foam!

It was incredibly delicious and delicate… So many fresh textures and flavours with the gorgeousness of mango in every part of it.

And then dessert number two arrived and somehow, we found room to eat it. Heaven.

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

La Chartreuse: Herbs sorbet, fresh kiwi coulis with light cream chartreuse alcohol

The entire experience at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is one of elegance, decadence, style and expertise. The meal was one of the best I’ve had in my life and I have been raving about it (as has LM) to everyone I have subsequently come into contact with. Even if they don’t know me. I have chased strangers down the road, wrestled them to the ground and yelled at them “YOU HAVE TO GO. IT’S AMAZING.”

After dinner we walked across the road to see the show (loved!) then came straight back to the restaurant and headed upstairs to the bar and outside terrace, where holed up with a few little sweet treats and cocktails and chatted late into the evening…

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

The bar upstairs…

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

The heated cosy terrace

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

DELICIOUS!

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

TOFFEE AND ORANGE SOUR: Woodford Reserve, bergamot, rhubarb & vanilla marmalade, maple syrup & lemon, finished with egg white

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

This was the perfect way to end a phenomenal gastronomic evening.

We read the menu again on the train home, recalling our favourite parts… which appeared to be every single course, in one way or another.

It was a truly sensational meal and we loved it.

Poppy Loves - a London Lifestyle Blog

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LM and I were guests at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and if I hadn’t loved it I wouldn’t have written about.


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3 thoughts on “An exceptional dinner at
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

  1. Hi Poppy
    Thanks for your blog on L’Atelier. My hubby and I ate there last Saturday. A pre-Theatre before taking in the Lumiere Festival. I think I had the same seat as you, right in front of the kitchen, it was the best. Everything about it was fab. I loved watching the preparation of the food, which was stunningly good. The presentation was fab and the service was excellent and really friendly. I probably wouldn’t have sought out L’Atelier had I not seen your Facebook post and read your blog. Thanks again

    Annette

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