L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London is located in the popular West End theatre district of London and the interior is pretty theatrical and dramatic indeed. The ground floor is similar to Paris St. Germain restaurant, where guests are seated around a large open kitchen and can sit at the counter. The 1st floor is a more ‘formal’ dining area and the 2nd floor is a bar and terrace area, which I imagine is nice during the Summer. This visit we decided to check out the 1st floor (more ‘formal’ dining area).
The 1st floor, called La Cuisine, has an open kitchen as well, but no counter where guests can sit. However, the interior is as theatrical and colourful as the ground floor and I’d hardly describe it as formal (which is a good thing).
When we visited La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London we decided to try & share a few more grazing dishes (instead of doing starter, main, dessert) and settled on:
- LA SAINT-JACQUES D’ECOSSE - Scottish scallops carpaccio, sea urchins and lemony olive oil (8/10)
- LE TOURTEAU - Crabmeat with tomato jelly and avocado (9.5/10)
- LES LANGOUSTINES - Crispy langoustines fritters with basil pistou (8.5/10)
- LE BLACK COD - Black cod with Daikon and Yuzu mousseline (9/10)
- LE PIED DE COCHON - Pig trotter served on parmesan toast (10/10)
- LE BURGER - Beef and foie gras burger with lightly caramelised bell peppers (8.5/10)
- LE CHOCOLAT TENDANCE - Creamy Manjari chocolate, bitter chocolate sorbet and Oreo cookie crumb (9/10)
- LE MANGO-MANGO - Coulis and mousse of mango, Joconde biscuit and exotic sorbet (9/10)
The attention to detail and the visual aspects of a dish are stunning and on top of that the dishes taste great. Because there are multiple Joel Robuchon restaurants around the world, it’s easy make the mistake of thinking that they’re not unique. Nothing could be further from the truth. Creativity reigns freely in L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London, that much is clear and the dishes on offer are very different from any I’ve tried anywhere else in London. With Viajante, Ledbury and Texture, I’d consider L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London to offer the most creative cuisine in the London dining scene, without sacrificing taste.
The bill at La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London came to £150 (incl. service charge, bottle of still water and a glass of wine).
Overall rating for La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: 9/10