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“Good...NYC location is better” 4 of 5 stars
Review of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato 106-0032, Tokyo Prefecture (Akasaka / Roppongi)
+81 3-5772-7500
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Ranked #27 of 6,756 Restaurants in Minato
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $209 - $334
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Akasaka / Roppongi
New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good...NYC location is better”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

It was good, but didn't really compare to L'Atelier in NYC. The Uni pasta was very good...tried a good Japanese white wine...interesting.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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  • Spanish first
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English first
Tokyo, Japan
Top Contributor
159 reviews 159 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“OK also for take-away and eating outside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

The place has also a sort of bakery and patisserie. The choice is not overhelming, but some good stuff if you'd like a quick lunch outside. Roppongi Hills has a nice terrace in front of the restaurant with free tables and chairs (nice design by the way). You can buy some sandwiches and sweets of your choice with drinks to consume outside. Nearby there are also plenty of green spots if you're in for a pic-nic. Be advised however that there is always a queue and unfortunately Japanese staff are too meticolous and service-oriented if you're in a hurry. They will wrap every single piece you buy with great care and grace, so nothing for those with short temper.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Moscow, Russia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

We went today, friends from Japan and abroad. The restaurant being fully booked, they still did manage to find the place.
Everything was to the highest standards, food, service. Silvain is very friendly and attentive, speaks all possible languages. All the team is working in perfect harmony, menu Printemps is excellent, they have even Patrimonio from Corse, which is now at its top, and what is most important, next week they are looking for the chief, Mr. Joel Robuchon to come. It would be real festivity, lucky are those who will be in Tokyo next few weeks. Do not miss your chance!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam
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39 restaurant reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Now & Wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

located in the Roppongi Hills Western Tower, this is the restaurant that has created the biggest buzz since it's opening, and the longest queues, since there is no booking policy. Although since recently there is a telephone number on their website for reservations. We got there on a relatively quiet thursday night and were seated immediately at the long counter facing onto the open kitchen where mainly Japanese chefs are creating their culinary masterpieces.

The restaurant looks like a hybrid that could have been designed by Yves Saint Laurent in his Opium periode. All shiny black granite surfaces with red lacquered accents and sleek stainless steel along a Japanese sushi-styled counter. There are a few separate tables around huge pillars for those who seek a more intimate setting. The decor is colourful yet elegant.

The menu is composed of a selection of small dishes -dégustations- that pop up in the 5 different set menus ranging from 15 to 4 selections for each menu. The selection of wines, by the glass and bottles, is impressive as one can expect from a Michelin-starred restaurant with a special focus on Japanese chateaux and producers. The selection of wines by the glass fitted our menu perfectly so we went for that option.

My partner is vegetarian and kept it to a minimum of two plates de dégustations. I choose the 4 course menu with a few extra plates de dégustation -fresh local crab and a tartare of salmon with caviar topped by a tiny leave of gold, served in a bowl of steaming dry ice, definitely a dish with the wow-factor.

The three portions of crab were served on thin slices of spiced turnips, fresh and delicious. My partner's choice of langoustines in an ultra thin and crunchy papilotte with basil was followed by a plate of white asparagus, tomato, olives, capers served with a swirl of creamy mousse of olive oil, simply divine.

As was my main meat dish, filet of lamb grilled to perfection with miniature vegetables and a delicious wine sauce. The chocolate dessert topped it all off with a three-layered combination of crunchy chocolate nougatine, light chocolate mousse and a spoom of yuzu -a Japanese fruit that tastes like a mix of sweet grapefruit and lime. This was served on a plate that had been covered with a film of chocolate with gold speckles that had to be scraped of the plate, quite an impressive gathering of tastes and structures. And fun too.

The service was friendly and fast with Japanese waiters speaking English very well. Our experience at this classy restaurant was just as whe had expected it to be since we wanted to celebrate our last night in Tokyo with elegant French informal dining in a refined Japanese decor. Culinary perfection of the highest level. Well recommended.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Waimea
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“Great Food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

I have had dinner here many times, and the food and service are always very good. The bar seating is fine for two people, but it is difficult to have a comfortable conversation with more than 3 people.

Choosing between the set courses are and the a la carte menu is always a problem. Fortunately, the kitchen never disappoints.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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