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“Tres bien!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
13-15 West Street, London WC2H 9NE, England (Covent Garden)
+44 (0)20 7010 8600
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Ranked #286 of 17,041 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $64 - $192
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Description: Drawing on Joel Robuchon's internationally renowned culinary expertise, already accredited with several Michelin Stars at restaurants throughout the world, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon's philosophy is based on serving simple cuisine of the most exceptional quality. This London restaurant has been awarded Michelin Star, as well as 3 AA Rosettes, establishing it as one of the most exceptional places to dine in London. Robuchon's menu delights the palate with clean insightful flavours and refreshingly understated presentation. The dishes are predominantly French with Italian and Spanish influences. The dining experience at L'Atelier is an interactive one. On the ground floor, the eating counter surrounds the entire kitchen where the food is prepared. Robuchon sees the immediate benefit of this Japanese-inspired layout to chefs, as one can gauge the reaction of clients, and even converse with them whilst they watch their food being prepared. Unlike the sister restaurants in Paris and Tokyo, the London restaurant also has another 20 seats where diners can sit opposite each other. Meanwhile, La Cuisine on the first floor offers more traditional restaurant seating in a setting that could be likened to dining in the kitchen itself. Wherever you are seated you will enjoy the highest quality food in an informal, convivial environment. Valet parking is also available. Please note, last reservations are taken half an hour prior to closing time. Dress code: Smart Casual, shorts are not permitted.
Warsaw
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Tres bien!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

I went to L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (in London) with my girlfriend and her parents for a midday lunch and I was impressed with literally everything. Food was excellent - I highly recommend cooked foie gras. Although all the dishes ordered during this lunch were excelletn .The service is also worth mentioning - helpful in recommendation, quick and amusing - with a typical French sense of humor! L'Atelier is a bit pricy, it's worth it. Good selection of wines and champagnes. When you will be making reservations - ask for a table next to the ive wall:)

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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singapore
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18 reviews 18 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great restaurant and food. Not too stuffy. And not overly priced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

Had dinner with my family at the restaurant. We were with our kids 12 and 14 and we had a great time. We all enjoyed the food which was excellent.
The restaurant was not stuffy as we had feared with modern decor and a relaxed feel to the place. The staff and were friendly. The pricing for a restaurant of this type seemed reasonable. The wine list was good.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in London or visiting.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
“Perfect food. Superb staff.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2010

First time here last night and it is one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in. No, of course it is not cheap, but it is very good value for money. There is a prix fixe menu, £27 for 3 courses, but if you add drinks to that, the bill for 2 including service still comes in a sliver under £200. But it is so worth it! The beef flank with gratin potatoes was divine. Even better than the food is the staff. Service was impeccable. The female German sommelier is outstanding. The other (mostly French) staff are quietly effective and super polite. Just the right balance of being friendly and helpful without being overbearing or in your face. Absolutely no snootiness. None of that "I'm-too-good-to-serve-you-and-you-should-be-lucky-to-be-eating-here". Genuine friendliness, not corporate-enforced. The staff are clearly being treated well by management and it shows in their attitude to the customer. I can't wait to go back. I also like the fact they don't have a silly formal dress code like some other top-end restaurants in London. Smart jeans and smart trainers are fine.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Australia
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“Do lunch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2010

Try the lunch set menu - excellent value at 22GBP for 2 courses or 28GBP for three courses. The food was truly excellent, the green pea soup was a star - the soup itself is just perfect, and it would seem unbelievable but the addition of tiny croutons topped with goats cheese made it impossibly better. Main course of rotisserie chicken served on macaroni gratinee wih mushroom foam was earthy perfection and I am guilty of lying awake at night thinking of this dish. Of course the chocolate pearl dessert was a sensation. The restaurant itself is sleek and stylish yet still comfortable, the staff extremely friendly and helpful.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A serious night out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2010

Expensive small plates, excellent service. Don't go if you don't want a very nouvelle cuisine experience. And if you want a little more energy, sit downstairs in the uber-cool bar vs. the more quiet, reserved, black and white upstairs.

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