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L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Ranked #541 of 23,689 Restaurants in London
Price range: $60 - $287
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, 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.
Reviewed December 1, 2013

Just ate here last weekend. Opted for the tasting menu for two with matching sommelier-recommended wines. Dinner was a bit of a disappointment. Out of the eight dishes, just 3-4 were very good, the rest were nice but nothing special, with one or two even being a little odd, with an overly heavy emphasis on fois gras. Having tried many other Michelin starred restaurants around London and the UK, this one did not feel up to standard.

We were also surprised to find a toddler at dinner with a group on the next table. She was "vocal" and kept on gesturing our way. Initially this was cute, but eventually we wished things would return to the era when bringing a baby to a Michelin starred restaurant (or indeed any good restaurant) late on a Friday night, would not be considered either appropriate or acceptable.

We asked that a certain meat be omitted from one particular dish which was duly noted, however when it arrived, after taking a mouthful, we detected the said meat. We found this to be a pretty poor show. What if we had had serious allergies???!!! The restaurant did make a small deduction from the bill to reflect this, but we felt let down and this cast a big shadow over the rest of the meal (this happened on course 3/4 out of 8 so it happened early on).

Aside from this one serious incident, the service was generally good.

Cocktails and matching wines were wonderful. Atmosphere was great, but when we went up to the bar at 1am, it was dead, despite being advised by the restaurant staff to take drinks up there and soak up the (non-existent) scene!

I'm not sure I would recommend this as other restaurants with far more delicious food are in abundance in London - Michelin stars or otherwise. We did have a pleasant evening, but it was punctuated with issues (annoying child and cock-up with the meat dish). Overall we had a pleasant evening but felt rather under-whelmed as we left.

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Thank Nadine1066
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

The food was in a class of its own, the decor stunning. An amazing night. We have eaten in a lot of good restaurants but this is the best so far.

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Reviewed November 29, 2013

This is the third time both myself and my wife have visited Joel Robuchon L'Atelier for a pre theatre meal...in summary.....excellent service and the food was the "dogs cock".....

I have to say watching the chef's in the kitchen is amazing. Everything runs like clock work, and there is total silence, which is good to watch. The only thing you hear is Oliver shouting "SERVICE" in his London / French accent.

Definitely recommend the overall experience, but not sure about choices of wine with the meals......You hardly got a splash in some glasses.

Merry Xmas to everyone at L'Atelier, keep up the good work...

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Thank robertslpaul
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

We had the lunch menu and, on arrival, were impressed with the ambiance - warm, dark, subtle lighting, modern furnishings, friendly staff.
The food was as inventive as one would expect in a 2* but the entirety of my three course + amuse bouche meal could have been squashed into a half pint mug.
I know you're paying for the name and the skill but, for me, the meal was just not physically satisfying.
For example, 'rocket salad', as part of the starter, consisted of two very small leaves plonked on top of my small deep fried, soft boiled, crispy coated hen's egg.
The teacup sized portion of duck confit with aged French cheese turned out to be a sort of greasy shepherd's pie!
My banana in various disguises dessert promised much by way of its long description but delivered little and was very disappointing.
The wines chosen by the sommelier to accompany our food were OK but, again, the quantity poured of each was pretty frugal.
Our bill for 4 was £226 including the 'voluntary' 13% tip. By the time we were home I was starving.
I would find it hard to recommend this place with any degree of enthusiasm.

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Thank jdgvag
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Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

Came here for lunch and we all liked it so much. Staff was friendly and helpful. Food was amazing from starter to dessert. Nice presentation to perfect taste.

Thank Maple L
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