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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

Restaurant Openin Hours:
Daily 12:00–14:30
Mon–Thu 17:30–22:30
Fri, Sat 17:30–23:00
Sun 17:30–21:30

First Floor for Private Event only

Salon Bar & Terrace
TUES -- WEDS 4.00pm – 1.00am
THUR – SUN 12.00pm – 1.00am

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.

The private dining room ‘La Cuisine’ is the perfect venue, be it for a corporate dinner, a product launch or a birthday party. The specially devised menus are offered in a bright and welcoming space. To find out more please contact our dedicated events team on either +44 (0)207 010 8600, or on [email protected]

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, 22 February 2019

The only issue was the confirmation of the reservation. I received a call the day before the reservation, I was not able to pick up the phone and tried to call back (several times) and was put on hold for 25 minutes and still failed to get in touch with the restaurant. The experience was lovely, however, the customers sitting next to me were wearing sneakers and jeans. They were quite loud and obnoxious, disturbing the atmosphere. The staff were very friendly, accommodating and attentive. Overall, a great experience.

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Visited On Friday, 22 February 2019

Most satisfactory as always

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Visited On Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Wonderful food.

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 February 2019

very polite staff, as always uncomparable food quality and dish combinations we are fans the last 9 years and believe there are may more to follow.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

The after theatre set menu was delicious and reasonably priced! After watching Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I wanted to have a nice dinner. I'm glad I cam here. The quail was out of this world! And the mushroom with poached egg was amazing. The waiters were attentive and funny. I enjoyed myself. The restaurant itself is beautiful.

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Visited On Monday, 18 February 2019

Went to L'Atelier for my fiancee's birthday. Food was awesome and the staff were very attentive for our every need. They made a cute and tasty birthday cake for my fiancee as well. The tasting menu was tickling our palate until the dessert. Well worth the experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

Best food I've ever eaten, great service, helpful staff

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Visited On Monday, 18 February 2019

Outstanding experience enhanced by the ability to watch the chefs at work

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

The sommelier was beyond expectations and went above and beyond to make the evening an unforgettable one! Thanks so much

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

The food was surprising, complex and delicate, and the service outstanding in a very intimate and pleasant atmosphere.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Absolutely superb food and being able to watch the chefs at work made it even more special. A truly memorable lunch.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

Everything was absolutely excellent. The food was incredibly flavoursome. Everything was cooked to perfection. Can’t wait to go back.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

The food is very nice. Unfortunately, there was a group of PETA ppl come in and shout at us.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

Overall the food was good. Some dishes were delicious some not as tasty as expected. The restaurant was fairly small and people really close to each other while eating, feeling a bit awkward. The whole experience was ruined as my partner and I had to wait for 30 minutes before we were actually seated, being ignored and given excuses for the inconsistency in the bookings' timing. The point that definitely put me off is that I was charged the wrong glasses of wine ordered and when the new bill generated the amount was still wrong as I was charged £160 for two glasses of wine instead of £70. Overall, I was really unimpressed with the whole experience considering the reputation of the deceased chef. If nothing else the quality of service and the trustworthiness needs to be immediately improved.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

It was an amazing experience,we enjoyed every part of it. Where we sat we had the opportunity to see where the magic happens. Seeing the preparation of the food it was an experience on its own. I ordered as a starter the foie gras which was exceptionally good. As a main I ordered seared pollack which I highly recommend. The service was exceptional I will definitely go again.

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

Amazing service and food!

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

Un délice pour les papilles. Un accueil et un service au top. Un grand bravo à toute l équipe !

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

So macht sternekueche richtig Spaß! Nicht diese spiessige flüsterathmosphere wie bei anderen. Wir hatten einen super Platz am Tresen mit Blick auf die kochinsel und unsere sommelier hat uns einen phantastischen meursault empfohlen. Das Essen war ganz ganz großes kino! Wir kommen wieder ;)

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Visited On Monday, 11 February 2019

My favorite restaurant in the world

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Visited On Sunday, 10 February 2019

Gabriel and his team were more than accommodating and made me feel very welcomed. The food was exquisite and the sommelier was well informed and made the perfect recommendations matching my meal. I will be back with more guests in the future. With kind regards, Tina from GMN

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Visited On Sunday, 10 February 2019

very good

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

The food was exceptional, and tasted amazing, made with high quality ingredients married in perfect combinations. If anything, we were slightly let down from the perfect experience by the service, with some rookie mistakes: pouring the wrong water, mixing the dishes up, etc. Would highly recommend the restaurant however.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Excellent food. service was impeccable. The pre-theatre 5 course menu was well balanced. When arriving we were asked when we had to leave for our show and the whole meal was served exactly on time, without it feeling rushed at all.

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Visited On Thursday, 07 February 2019

Exquisite. In my opion - best value for money in London!!

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