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L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

13-15 West Street, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 9NE
Critics Review 16/20
Restaurant info
Opening Information

Ground Floor Open:
Monday-Saturday
Lunch: 12:00pm-3:00pm (last seating at 2:15pm)
Dinner: 5.30-11.00pm (last seating at 10:15pm)
Sunday:
Lunch: 12pm-4:00pm (last seating at 3:30pm)
Dinner: 6.30-10.30pm (last seating at 10:00pm)

First Floor for Private Event only

Salon Bar
Saturday, Friday
from 12:00 to 4:00pm
from 5:30pm to 2:00am

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Bar
  • Families and Children Welcome at lunch
  • Private Dining
  • Event Space
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Business Lunch

About L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon’s Japanese-inspired counter concept has won plaudits worldwide. A stylish Indian Rosewood counter, sourced from Canada, surrounds the kitchen to give diners front-row seats. Senses are aroused as head chef Jeremy Page and his team create modern French classics before your eyes. Interaction is welcomed and dishes - in large or tapas-size portions – are often prepared to diners’ specifications. Of course, you may choose to simply sit back and enjoy the spectacle. Whether participating, observing or attending to a companion, you can look forward to an exciting combination of flavours, textures and quality ingredients.

Cuisine: Fine Dining, French, Michelin Star, Tasting Menu
Dress Code: Smart Casual,Dressed for Dining
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Critics Review
Review By Andy Hayler
16/20
Atelier Robuchon is part of the ever-expanding empire of Joel Robuchon, the French master chef. When he was cooking at Jamin in Paris, and later at Robuchon when he moved premises, he was producing as good food as has ever left a kitchen, and was elected “Chef of the Century” by Gault Millau. At the age of 50 Robuchon hung up his chef whites and turned to business, opening a series of restaurants, from Robuchon Galera in Macau to Atelier Robuchon in Paris. The latter, modelled on Japanese counter dining but with classical French food, has been rolled out from country to country, with branches in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei and elsewhere. The décor is always a similar style: red upholstery, a central open kitchen with counter and a few tables around the side, The London branch opened in 2006 with head chef Olivier Limousin, who trained at Taillevent, l’Ampychlès and Le Bellecour. In early 2014 he was replaced by Xavier Boyer, who had worked with Joel Robuchon with over a decade. He was previously head chef of the Atelier Robuchon branches in New York and Taipei. There are various menu options, but if you opt for a la carte you are encouraged to eat three starters per person (these are “tapas” style portions) and a main course. This approach means the bill swiftly adds up, as the tapas are each quite fully priced. A tasting menu was £129, and there was a restricted choice three-course lunch for £33. The wine list spans the world, with wines from Greece, Slovenia and even Japan. The mark-up levels match the global scope. Bernard Fouquet Aubuis Cuvee de Silex Vouvray 2011 was £38 for a wine that you can find in the high street for around £12, Leeuwin Estate Prelude Chardonnay 2008 was £84 for a wine that retails at £24, and the mark-ups showed no relief at the premium end of the list, with Vega Sicilia Unico 2000 at a hefty £750 for a wine that you can buy in a shop for about £216. Foie gras royale with port wine reduction and Parmesan foam was a little amuse-bouche served in a shot glass, rich but very enjoyable, the hint of Parmesan working well with the liver (16/20). Iberico ham (at a meaty £31) was pleasant enough, though not cut very precisely, served with bruschetta topped with tomatoes. Mackerel tart (£19) had good pastry but surprisingly tasteless mackerel, correctly cooked and pretty to look at, but suffering from ordinary quality mackerel; this was topped with olives and Parmesan shavings (15/20). Better was black cod (£19) with daikon and yuzu mousseline, the cod delicate and the yuzu providing just the right level of acidic balance (17/20). Langoustine ravioli (£16) were well made with the pasta having pleasing texture, the langoustines having good but not dazzling flavour (16/20). Veal cheek confit was flavoured with oriental vegetables and spices; the spices were nicely controlled though for me the veal cheek was a little dry (15/20). I preferred quail (£29) stuffed with foie gras, the quail carefully cooked and the foie gras not overwhelming the delicate flavour of the bird (17/20). Passion fruit soufflé (£24) was reasonable but not great, the texture not as light as some, and for me a little lacking in passion fruit intensity, though a coconut sorbet with it was excellent (15/20). Better was a chocolate sphere (£18), onto which was poured a caramel sauce and garnished with almonds, served with cognac ice cream: a lovely, rich dish, the chocolate sphere pretty and delicate (17/20). A selection of tarts (£14) were also very good indeed: lemon, chocolate with coconut, caramel and coffee, and finally pistachio and raspberry. The pastry with these was excellent, the fillings nicely balanced e.g. the lemon tart was not too acidic (18/20). Service was polite but not particularly impressive: water was topped up haphazardly, and when we finished the meal no one bothered to say goodbye. Acceptable in a pub, less so in a restaurant to which Michelin have granted two stars. This meal was a little better than my previous one here, and I can certainly see how it is worthy of a star, but the second star seems generous to me. The menu pricing is consistent with a formal two star experience rather than a casual meal at a counter.
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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Excellent food and wonderful service. Highly recommend.

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

One of the best Restaurant's I have been to

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Sceptical about sitting at counter but was fascinating to watch chefs at work.

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Top. In every respect. People are real pros.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 December 2018

We enjoyed the food and the ambiance, both superb. The service was excellent. This rates as one of the best lunches we have had for many years. Thank you x

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

All done

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Fabulous food, great restaurant and fantastic staff. Would certainly recommend it to anyone and will definitely be back.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Excellent food of a very high standard. Lovely atmosphere (although the high stools were not the most comfortable way to dine). The staff were attentive and pleasant. The prices were quite high, but reflect the quality of the food. Overall excellent.

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Visited On Monday, 03 December 2018

Thank you for the lovely experience and will be back soon !

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Visited On Monday, 03 December 2018

Très bon restaurant, ambiance parfaite, repas extraordinaire....

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Visited On Sunday, 02 December 2018

Outstanding

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Visited On Sunday, 02 December 2018

Impeccable service!

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Visited On Sunday, 02 December 2018

Amazing value, great food and attentive service - will definitely be coming back

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Visited On Sunday, 25 November 2018

We went here to celebrate my wife's birthday, and the dinner was amazing. We went for the 7 course set meal, and it was the best meal either of us have ever had, or will ever have. Every course was amazing, especially the lamb and quail. The service is top notch. It is fun to see the chefs at work in the open kitchen design. Phenomenal restaurant and dining experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Very impressive food, enjoyed sitting at the bar and watching the kitchen dynamics. Service a little indifferent at times.

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 November 2018

The Bookatable menu deal was great value for the money!

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Visited On Thursday, 29 November 2018

The pre-theatre dinner is exceptionally good value & absolutely delicious - we had a great time!

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Visited On Thursday, 29 November 2018

Excellent lunch set meal.

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Visited On Thursday, 29 November 2018

Great food in a great setting. Top service too - fine dining but relaxed.

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Visited On Tuesday, 27 November 2018

I had only an hour for pre theatre dinner and everyone was very attentive and helpful to serve me in this time limit.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

This lunch surpassed a dinner I had at their Champs-Elysees location a couple of years ago. I remember liking the food back then, but I don't remember anything standing out. This meal, though... the foie gras, parmesan emulsion and port reduction starter was one of the best things I have ever eaten. Le saumon fumé was good, not great, but I loved the gin & tonic granité. I loved the quail (la caille), too, and the mashed potatoes were so good. The dessert was good, but not great-- I had the Le Rio-Bruges (smooth Brazilian chocolate with a crunchy heart and praline ice cream).

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Visited On Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Very delicious 5 course set dinner especially the squid starter!

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Visited On Monday, 26 November 2018

I loved the whole experience of returning to your restaurant. The flavours of the food were wonderful and the attentive service brilliant. When you did make a minor error with the sweet, I got the wrong one, you did say you would give me the one I had ordered as well. I didn't take it but I liked the thought.

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Visited On Monday, 26 November 2018

An amazing experience. Food was out of this world. Service was impeccable. Staff was knowledgeable and passionate. Loved it from start to finish:-)

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Fabulous meal

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