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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, 19 October 2018

Service was excellent, and the London Restaurant Month menu we had was outstanding value. Some people online have mentioned being rushed, but we certainly didn't feel that. Bar seats are brilliant as you get to see what is going on in the kitchen. They were also very comfortable, which we were not expecting. We regularly eat at Michelin star restaurants, and this was certainly on-par with others we have been to.

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Visited On Friday, 19 October 2018

Great evening, fabulous food and charming service.

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Visited On Saturday, 20 October 2018

Went for lunch course and it’s AMAZING !!!!!!

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Visited On Saturday, 20 October 2018

Simply love the food , ambience and everything is so nice and consistent always . However, the manager or senior guy with glasses was rather impersonal .. that makes the experience less pleasant .. when he is taking our coffee and tea order , he never keeps an good eye contact was busy rolling his eyes everywhere, indicating we are rather invaluable to him.. I am doing service training in Asia pacific and that was very very rude of him !

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 October 2018

The food is amazing. It's always a secured choice to have dinner there.

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Visited On Friday, 19 October 2018

Best meal I have eaten for a very long time! Probably the best food I’ve ever had. Expensive but worth every penny

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Visited On Friday, 19 October 2018

Was made to feel very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Great food served impeccably and very enjoyable all round.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 October 2018

We had a wonderful time at l’atelier Joël Robuchon ! Great atmosphere and amazing food ! Parfait !

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Visited On Thursday, 18 October 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch - delicious food and excellent service. Ambience was good too.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 October 2018

Wonderful meal excellent service thank you

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

Every aspect was superb. Service was particularly helpful and their suggestions were very valuable for me. I hope I can come again soon.

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Outstanding! The reviews were good so expectations were high but honestly this place blew us away. The staff were attentive and knowledgeable, the concept and feel was entertaining and the food was unbelievable. I will 100% be coming back and will be asking to sit at the counter so we can better see the chef's at work.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Fabulous meal and a great atmosphere. No reasonably priced wines though.

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Visited On Monday, 15 October 2018

Very impressive, as always. Exceptional food and service, great view into the kitchen. Sensible price.

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Visited On Monday, 15 October 2018

It is a top of the line restaurant. When I am in London always stop by there and never disappointed

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Excelente experiencia, un almuerzo distinto. Super recomendable.

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Visited On Monday, 15 October 2018

The staff were outstanding. They were friendly yet very polite and had a good sense of humour, which helped make us feel very comfortable As for the food, it was just amazing! The combination of ingredients for every dish worked so well and the presentation were just mini works of art! I just can't wait to return!!!

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Great service and delicious meal! Been there three times in two months and still loving it. Thank you!

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

I went there for the birthday of my girlfriend and we had an amazing experience. The ambience was amazing and having the kitchen in open view was an experience in itself, we could clearly see that the chefs paid attention to detail and everything was cooked to perfection. The food was world class and we savoured every bite.The staff were very helpful and ensured that our evening was made perfect. We had a wonderful celebration and i would definitely recommend visiting for a celebration or for a incredible dining experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

First class service and quality food, expertly prepared. We were slightly thrown initially when we realised we were being sat at the counter, but this in fact turned out to be the best way to experience the restaurant, as you can see everything going on in the kitchen. Would not hesitate to recommend.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Fantastic service, we were really well looked after, right down to being informed that the butter that accompanied the bread was unpasteurised (I'm pregnant so this was important to know). The food was exquisite, we'll definitely be returning.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Extremely enjoyable evening. Really interesting watching the chefs at work in the kitchen. Fully appreciated the service.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Amazing food!

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Everything was amazing!!!

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

I have visited this restaurant once a year for the past seven years. The consistency ofthe restaurant is very impressive only to be outdone by their staff. Thanks for great food!!

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