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“Brilliant lunch”

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Ranked #530 of 22,564 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $58 - $276
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant lunch”
Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

We went for lunch on a Thursday and ate on the first floor. it's slightly unnerving as you walk into quite a dark reception but you get used to it really quick and suits the restaurant. It was fairly quiet, with maybe only half the tables occupied, but there was still a good atmosphere.

We opted for the four course lunch with matching wines at £58. To start I had a bottle of meantime pale ale (always a good choice). The perfectly soft butter went brilliant with the fresh bread. Sometimes I feel I need to fill up on the bread fearing the imminent arrival of some very tiny courses when going for lunch. Not the case here.

A small pre-starter of foie gras and Parmesan foam was packed full of flavour; I knew straight away this would be a good meal. On the four course meal you choose 2 starters, a main and dessert. First off was a foie gras, veal and pistachio pâté in pastry (it looked just like the best pork pie ever) and came with pickled veg, maybe it could have done with a slightly larger portion of veg as they really helped to cut through the rich pie.

I then had the sea bass cerviche, it looked incredibly pretty and was dotted with tomato and basil; just what I needed after a big starter. The wine perfectly fresh and matching the food spot on.

The main course was lamb shoulder. It was amazingly tender and flavoursome and was served with lentils. It'd have been amazing with mash potato, but then I think everything would be.

The dessert was an Oreo chocolate pot. Not too sweet, as some choc desserts can be, and a perfect way to end a meal. The dessert wine was also a star, a red fortified wine. I am kicking myself for not writing down the name of it.

Overall, the food was amazing, the service was attentive and everything you'd expect from a Michelin starred restaurant and for under £60, superb value. If you have some time for a leisurely lunch, don't hesitate and get yourself booked in.

Thank HuddsMatt
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Theatre of food”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Ate upstairs in "La Cuisine" which is very nice if you're looking for a more formal/traditional dinner.

Started with some wonderful cocktails in the bar on the top floor, before moving downstairs for lunch.

The servers are all great fun, although there were a few minor mishaps with forgetting wine/mixing up plates.

The food is so incredibly full of flavour - although I struggled with the amuse bouche due to my dislike for Parmesan, which lingered during the rest of my meal, so be warned!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank MReviewer12
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Pre theatre menu with wine is a good deal. The wine was lovely. Food portions are small yet filling. The menu is a little quirky, always nice to try something different - beef cheek & jelly starter for instance. Staff are a bit too pushy on the drinks front, aperitif/water/coffee etc, etc. Felt a bit pushed out at the end when they obviously wanted the table and suggested another drink upstairs could book table etc. A bit too in your face for my taste. Ambience very good. It's a tad dearer than some pre-theatre meals in the area but worth a try once.

  • Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“almost perfect”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

I always go to l'atelier de Joel Robuchon, in Paris and London. On our last visit in London i was only able to get a table at la Table, on the 1st floor. It is the same food, almost the same menu as l'atelier on the ground floor.
Service almost perfect except for a waiter who tried to give me a bit of an attitude, but i immediately responded and things went smoothly with him.
I started with the crispy prawn and then the mini burgers. The prawns were excellent but i was a bit disappointed by the burger, i though not up to standard.
However my 2 guests were impressed and enjoyed every bite of their dishes.
Robuchon is one of the world's best chefs and his restaurants never fail to deliver. The burger issues is probably just a matter of personal preferences i guess.

  • Visited November 2012
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“Nice setting, decent food”
Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

Located 5mins from Leicester square, near the Ivy. We ate at the bar in front of the kitchen which enabled us to see the food being made. Service was attentive and friendly. Had a flavoursome Salmon starter, tasty Lamb spit roast & Breton crepe with sorbet. Food was good and we were looked after, only negative was there was some miscommunication with one of the French servers. However overall recommended for the experience!

Thank Amberleyadrian
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