Wednesday, February 27, 2013

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon @ West St London



It was a cold cold evening in London and since I am staying right in the West End of London, a visit to L'atelier de Joel Robuchon at "theatreland" seemed to be a great idea. Morever, not knowing what to expect from this 2 Star Michelin restaurant since this is my first visit to any of the JR chain restaurants, this is going to be interesting!

The restaurant in London consists of 3 different floors where the 1st floor is the L'atelier and you can choose to sit at the high counter concept like a sushi bar but we prefer to go to the first floor where they called it "La Cuisine" and it's a traditional seating and dining concept with an open kitchen and a wood-fired oven. I love the concept as I can see the chefs and staff working in the kitchen and how they immaculately decorate each dish before it is served. It's just amazing because I was just seated next to the kitchen! The third floor is La Salon which is more like a bar and terrace for a chill out evening.




Instead of bread basket, we were served this plate of thin crispy pastry that goes well on its own or with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I love the service here as they are not only efficient, the staff are so informative and so attentive. Now that's what I called a Michelin Star restaurant!

Le Jambon "Iberico De Bellota" £19
It's a plate of wafer thin slices of Iberico that feeds on acorns and are cured for a long time (as I couldn't recall how many because I was too busy eating) and served together with tomatoes on a crispy bread. I tell you... this is one of the best and most delicious Iberico Bellota I've tried! If I am returning, I would definitely order this again. The robust taste of nuts makes it all delicious even on its own.

Le Canard £29
 This dish consists of glazed duck breast, daikon and foie gras "mille feuilles" and braised lolly leg.I can't really remember the taste of this dish as I wasn't the one having it but I remember I did try the duck breast and it was oh-so-tender and flavourful.


Le Caille £29
This is a recommended dish from the restaurant as I can see from the many reviews, this is a must-order dish here. Oh well, this is also my first preferred choice as I love quails... as in eating them. This free range quail is stuffed with foie gras and truffle mashed potatoes. Did you see the beautiful slice of black truffle? The mashed potatoes is also a signature of Joel Robuchon where the potatoes puree is so silky smooth and are rumoured to be cooked with lots of butter in a Le Creuset pot. I absolutely adore this dish as the quail was tender and infused with foie gras which makes it so rich! After this meal, I'll never look at quails the same way again and perhaps with a sheepish nefarious glint in my eyes.

1999 Domaine de La Grange des Peres
I think this is the last 2 bottles they have at the restaurant. It was a great choice of red wine as I have not tried this label before and it's one of those must-try cult wine! Grange des Peres is one of those arguably the greatest and most respected domaine in the entire Languedoc region and availability is really limited.

 A complimentary white chocolate lolly with lemon sorbet. So refreshing and cute!
 Le Chocolate Tendance £11
 When I saw this on the dessert menu, I knew I had to order this due to a profession disease that I could not cure. It's a creamy Manjari chocolate, bitter chocolate sorbet with Oreo cookie crumb. Something so simple yet presented so beautifully and the chocolate was so rich, bittersweet and creamy!

 This is a happy me after the meal. I wished I had more space for some more food grazing but unfortunately I'm all stuffed by the end of the dinner!
 
 
 Next up, I would love to try more Joel Robuchon outlets all over the world.
 
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon 
13-15 West Street, 
London WC2H 9NE 
Tel:+44 0207 010 8600

13 comments:

Sean said...

i love the west end neighborhood, mainly cos i try to make it a point to catch at least two musicals or plays whenever i travel here. and it's nice that many of the restaurants in this area open till late to cater to people who want to grab something to eat after their show ends. and mmm, quail with foie, truffle & potatoes sounds great :D

Chef and Sommelier said...

Hi Eiling! Sounds like an interesting restuarant... How much did your partner pay for the bottle of Grange des Peres? Should not spend more than 200 pounds for that.

BTW, did you visit the Fat Duck? Tell me you did ok!!?

Chef and Sommelier said...

Hi Eiling! Sounds like an interesting restuarant... How much did your partner pay for the bottle of Grange des Peres? Should not spend more than 200 pounds for that.

BTW, did you visit the Fat Duck? Tell me you did ok!!?

eiling lim said...

Sean: Me too and I manage dto catch Billy Elliot and it was great!

Chef and Sommelier: Well he paid 240 pounds for that bottle. I think it's worth it because I really like it and the service there was excellent! I didn't try Fat Duck but I went to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental hotel.

Anonymous said...

Food for the filthy rich, disgustingly indulgent.......

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suituapui said...

Looks at the prices...*faints* but hey! It's London! Even the cheapest stuff would be pricey by our standard.

Huai Bin said...

I love the West End area too! :)

My favorite place to hang out in London (coz all I practically do is watch musicals).

The prices are reasonable if you don't convert and earn pounds...but otherwise it's a bit on the high side. (understatement of the year)

The acorn Iberico sounds great though!

Ciki said...

I ate here before. Found the food average at best .. LOL. Sorry but there were other better restaurants in London..

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