The one and only Joel Robuchon’s two-Michelin starred restaurant is situated at one of my favorite places in London, at Covent Garden. After a morning of Monmouth Coffee and shopping around, we ended 5 minutes earlier to our reservation. Me always hungry, Emrah was there to accompany me on tasting and more tasting mission. Leaving our shopping bags at the reception, we followed our hostess… The atmosphere is Japanese meets modern, black, red, counter sitting and tables, minimal, dark yet comfortable with open kitchen.
To start with, cocktails! While sipping the foamy, citrusy, zingy thingy we got ready to order, all with matching wines, we were ready for a 3 hour lunch.
Amouse bouche, foie gras, port wine reduction, parmesan foam.
Le Bar, sea bass carpaccio with tobiko eggs and Espelette chilli
Le Pate en Croute, veal pate set in a crust with foie gras and pistachio
L’oeuf de poule, soft boiled egg with Japanese aubergine mousseline flavored with cumin
La Chataigne, chestnut velouté with celeriac pureé
Le Calamar, sauteéd squid, baby artichoke, chorizo with tomato water served with vegetables
L’Agneau, lamb saddle stuffed with fresh herbs, confit potatoes with lemon
A desssert, Le Mango-Mango, coulis and mousse mango, Joconde biscuit and exotic sorbet and to finish with Le fromage du jour…
Then espresso and home made truffles and marshmallow…
By the time we were done, we were drunk, full, happy and ready to start over again, the restaurant was empty, getting ready for the dinner service.
The dishes were telling one thing, that Joel Robuchon is still at the top of his game, he can play with the ingredients all he wants to and still comes up with the best balance and tastes ever yet to be combined. The place offers you courteous service, a great set menu with matching wine, do I have to tell about food, don’t think so.
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, 13-15 West Street, London WC2H 9NE