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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
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 Sunday, 20 May 2018

Not only was the food as good as we remembered from our last visit; but, in addition, everyone at the restaurant, from the chef to the members of our waitstaff made sure that we had one of the most entertaining dining experiences in this or any city. We look forward to dinner again - hopefully soon.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

Truly a wonderful experience, from a couple who spent 35 years in the biz. Thanks we’ Be back!

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Best dining experience of my life!

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Excelente gastronomia em ambiente perfeito. Um must!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

My favourite restaurant in London and Europe we have visited. An amazing experience!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

The service was good. But it was disappointing to wait until 530 next to reception until tables were ready. Felt like waiting for a canteen to open. Just keep doors shut. Value for money were good by the desserts were bland. Similar to the pana cotta and sponge you would buy in M&S.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

Perfect

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

Fantastic place. Great food and drink.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

Excellent lunch deal

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

It was my mums birthday and they offered my mum a lovely extra desert with a candle. I didn’t expect anything. Food was amazing, service was perfect. Will be back for sure

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Excellent as usual. My favourite place in London, sitting at the counter and watching the chefs

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

We visited for a few drinks at the bar / terrace - had a wonderful time and excellent service - thank you!

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Mon compagnon et moi-même avons passé un moment inoubliable dans votre établissement. Pouvoir voir les cuisines et les chefs travailler a été une grande découverte. Le personnel était très accueillant et aux petits soins avec nous : nous avons apprécié qu’on nous parle en français même si leur anglais était très compréhensible. Les plats étaient magiques avec une justesse dans les assaisonnements et dans les goûts. Nous n’avons rien à redire à part que nous serons très heureux de revenir chez vous pour goûter encore plus de vos plats.

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Visited On Monday, 14 May 2018

Beautiful food with impeccable service and attention to details. Best food I've had this year!

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Visited On Monday, 14 May 2018

The food was as expected to be well presented and delicious, I was disappointed by the deserts which don’t compliment the the whole experience. The chefs behind the Baba au Rhum need to try a real one first and try again, it was disgusting and grossier... presentation and taste was not there . When it comes to the lemon cheese cake, it was missing the lemon !!! And the buiscuit not nice at all. Regards

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Visited On Monday, 14 May 2018

The lunch set menu was amazing - the staff were friendly and sincere, will be back again!

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

Consistently superb food and service in a lively atmosphere. Highly recommended!

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Visited On Sunday, 06 May 2018

From the dishes presentation to the flavours it is always a memorable gastronomic experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

Deserves the Michelin star. Enough said. Go there.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

Very friendly French staff

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Fabulous food and service at a pre theatre sitting.

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Visited On Thursday, 10 May 2018

Superb

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Visited On Thursday, 10 May 2018

This is a beautiful place with wonderful food.

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Visited On Thursday, 10 May 2018

Whilst the food was good, my only disappointment was the waiter when serving body was over the food. Example, they had to stretch over the bread or your wine when placing the food in front of the customer.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Amazing food. Wonderful staff. Highly Recommended

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