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In the past we visited L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurants in Paris and London. We’ve found the experience to be equally excellent in both cities and both experiences left us wanting more…

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: amuse bouche

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: amuse bouche

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: amuse bouche

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: amuse bouche

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LA SAINT-JACQUES D’ECOSSE - Scottish scallops carpaccio, sea urchins and lemony olive oil (8/10)

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LA SAINT-JACQUES D’ECOSSE – Scottish scallops carpaccio, sea urchins and lemony olive oil (8/10)

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LA SAINT-JACQUES D’ECOSSE - Scottish scallops carpaccio, sea urchins and lemony olive oil (8/10)

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LA SAINT-JACQUES D’ECOSSE – Scottish scallops carpaccio, sea urchins and lemony olive oil (8/10)

 

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).

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE TOURTEAU - Crabmeat with tomato jelly and avocado (9.5/10)

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE TOURTEAU – Crabmeat with tomato jelly and avocado (9.5/10)

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE TOURTEAU - Crabmeat with tomato jelly and avocado (9.5/10)

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE TOURTEAU – Crabmeat with tomato jelly and avocado (9.5/10)

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE BLACK COD - Black cod with Daikon and Yuzu mousseline (9/10)

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE BLACK COD – Black cod with Daikon and Yuzu mousseline (9/10)

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LES LANGOUSTINES - Crispy langoustines fritters with basil pistou (8.5/10)

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LES LANGOUSTINES – Crispy langoustines fritters with basil pistou (8.5/10)

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LES LANGOUSTINES - Crispy langoustines fritters with basil pistou (8.5/10)

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LES LANGOUSTINES – Crispy langoustines fritters with basil pistou (8.5/10)

 

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).

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE BURGER - Beef and foie gras burger with lightly caramelised bell peppers (8.5/10

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE BURGER – Beef and foie gras burger with lightly caramelised bell peppers (8.5/10

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE BURGER - Beef and foie gras burger with lightly caramelised bell peppers (8.5/10

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE BURGER – Beef and foie gras burger with lightly caramelised bell peppers (8.5/10

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE BURGER - Beef and foie gras burger with lightly caramelised bell peppers (8.5/10

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE BURGER – Beef and foie gras burger with lightly caramelised bell peppers (8.5/10

 

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)

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE PIED DE COCHON - Pig trotter served on parmesan toast (10/10)

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE PIED DE COCHON – Pig trotter served on parmesan toast (10/10)

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE PIED DE COCHON - mashed potatoes side (10/10)

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE PIED DE COCHON – mashed potatoes side (10/10)

 

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.

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London:  LE CHOCOLAT TENDANCE - Creamy Manjari chocolate, bitter chocolate sorbet and Oreo cookie crumb (9/10)

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London:  LE MANGO-MANGO – Coulis and mousse of mango, Joconde biscuit and exotic sorbet (9/10)

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London:  LE CHOCOLAT TENDANCE - Creamy Manjari chocolate, bitter chocolate sorbet and Oreo cookie crumb (9/10)

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE MANGO-MANGO – Coulis and mousse of mango, Joconde biscuit and exotic sorbet (9/10)

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE MANGO-MANGO - Coulis and mousse of mango, Joconde biscuit and exotic sorbet (9/10)

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE CHOCOLAT TENDANCE – Creamy Manjari chocolate, bitter chocolate sorbet and Oreo cookie crumb (9/10)

 

La Cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE MANGO-MANGO - Coulis and mousse of mango, Joconde biscuit and exotic sorbet (9/10)

La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London: LE CHOCOLAT TENDANCE – Creamy Manjari chocolate, bitter chocolate sorbet and Oreo cookie crumb (9/10)

 

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

(Overall rating is based on taste, ambiance and price)

 

3 comments on “La Cuisine at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London, Dec 2012

  1. Peggy Li

    Dear TerryKnerryBoy,

    Thank you for the lovely review and we do look forward to visiting us in the Summer with another review on our dessert and cocktail pairing???

    Best regards,

    Peggy Li
    Marketing & Communications Manager at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

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