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“Food Fantastic, Drink, Dreadful”

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Ranked #1,079 of 24,426 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $60 - $287
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, 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 3, 2013

To say this restaurant is an experience is an understatent, the ambience, and decor are amazing. The colours black with a splash of red here and there. We were greeted by a beautiful young lady and escorted to the cocktail bar for an aperitif, the Gin & Tonic, went down a treat. We were then escorted to the restaurant where we sat facing the kitchens, watching the chefs preparing the dishes. We enjoyed a four course meal, every bite to be savoured, everything was delicious. We also enjoyed a glass of wine with the meal, me,red, the Mrs white, very nice. when we received the bill, we were shocked to find that the wine was £17 per glass, and the G&T, £11.It was nothing special, do they really need to fleece people. I suppose if one can afford to go to a place like this, it really doesnt matter how much wone pays for drimg. This was a wonderful culinary experience, with the edge slightly taken off it by the very expensive drinks.

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Thank edmcgee
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

My husband and I are experienced travelers, both in US and oversees (including France several times), this French resturant experience goes down as probably our all time favorite (including those in France). First, the resturant itself is beautiful, live greenery growing on the wall, red/black colors, great use of fresh vegies and fruits for decoration, the atmosphere is so romantic, feeds every sense of the human body. The food was beyond amazing, didn't want to eat anything as each plate was a work of art. We sat at the bar facing the kitchen watching each chef and sous working very hard at preparing everyones meals. Every staff person was attentive, extremly knowledgable, personable, and impeccalbe service. The flow and detail throughout the evening was precise, made the experience that more special. We shared multiple dishes, foi grois, caviar, prawns, dover sole, champagne....insane chocolate dessert in the salon. Seriously, if you can...L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon is a must for any occasion to mark your London trip on top! You will not be disappointed!! In a city known for it's amazing food this tops the list!

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Thank RAMDGM0330
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

What a great lunch treat for my 60th birthday. This restaurant is wonderful, very unassuming on the outside but inside is a different story, very smart but not pretentious. We joined our fellow diners in the bar which has a wonderful selection of cocktails and other drinks. We all chose the 4 course tasting menu with wine pairings and everything was pronounced fabulous. It was a real treat to drink such wonderful wines without having to compromise on a single choice or two. As far as value goes, this is excellent for food of such quality and imagination. Lunch is an affordable option for a special treat and one I'll never forget.

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Thank WhiteHorseWalker
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

I had the pleasure of experiencing of one London's FINEST restaurants L'Atelier in the West End! Seven of us decided that it was time for Robuchons' London eatery so we arrived to be greeted by the wonderful surroundings of RED and BLACK (with a few vines / leaves / greenery on the walls!) We sat at the bar facing the head chef and all the wonderful masters of food art! At first it was slightly 'cramped' (sitting at the bar on bar stools) but once my neighbors moved - then there was space to enjoy the food and the surroundings. The service was instant and impeccable. The servers had their jobs 'down pat', with almost 'military-like' precision. Pricey - YES! But, was it worth it? - YES! Joël Robuchon's saying for the day: "For me, London is the gastronomic capital of Europe. It's the most modern, most innovative, city where new things are happening..." Agreed...and his restaurant is its testimonial. The appetizers (or 'starters') are amazing - CAVIAR served three different ways (I had the caviar over crab) then how about the TRUFFE BLANCHE? Excellent. I had the Sea Bass as a main course (which was somewhat disappointing for a restaurant of this caliber), but the desserts made up for it, especially the CHOCOLAT TENDANCE. The service is at your pace....should you want to eat and run, make the theatre or just relax and savor the delights of the chef - its all up to you. Its LONDON and PARIS all rolled up into one delightful package. If you have two credit cards to spare (once the bill arrives) then L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon is a must. I will most definitely return (...and probably skip the Sea Bass.)

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Thank Don R
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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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