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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 Saturday, 18 August 2018

the food was good but toilets but the encounter was dirty plate for bread very dirty, bathroom have to jump a lady during the dinner and toilet was dirty, i was having terrible odour on my clothes after left the place {smoggy place} also waiter was not knowledge about the plate{even for eventuality allergy]

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Visited On Saturday, 18 August 2018

It was such a lovely experience ; be able to watch the kitchen worki g & doing this amazing job was a real easure for the eyes ! The food was "exquise" and absolutly wonderful ! We really enjoyed ourself ! The price is amazing for the whole experience ! Service was great, lovely and friendly people !! So 1000 times THANK YOU for everything! To the whole team, and to Mr Robuchon, who was a truly genius !! We will definitely come back ... Very soon :-)

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

For a Michelin star restaurant the level of precision was disappointing. The langoustine ravioli if accompanied by a foie gras sauce however this is not disclosed anywhere so as a pescatarian, had the waiter not pointed this out, it would have been an absolute disaster. Also, the medium ribeye was served medium rare, clear for anyone to see so not sure how that left the kitchen. Otherwise the mash was divine and the waiter was absolutely great.

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Visited On Thursday, 16 August 2018

Amazing food and service every time I have booked a table. I’ve been coming for years.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Très bon service, quantités parfaites pour le menu découverte, superbe expérience !

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 August 2018

All great!

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Fabulous !!

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Both the food and the service were well nigh perfect.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

An unbelievable experience. Thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

What an experience!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

The food is awesome! The atmosphere is friendly and relaxing. I hugely reccomend this restaurant. I will be back for sure!

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

Absolutely first rate! From the welcome, to the service, to the quality of the food the staff were absolutely first rate. The food was aesthetic perfection with flavours and taste to match. Really well presented. The waiters wine knowledge was excellent. All in all we had a super experience, thanks to the Star deal which introduced us to a restaurant we will definitely be back to time and again. Well done.

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

Amazing tasting menu, wonderful service with great knowledge, the level of this restaurant is almost as high as Michelin 3 stars restaurant.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 August 2018

Your staff are brilliant at what they do. Expert, professional and warm. They made our night.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 August 2018

Delicious food and excellent service

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Superb experience - many thanks!

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Excellent service Great advice on food and wine Convivial atmosphere at the bar table

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Visited On Saturday, 04 August 2018

Booked online as was cheaper, the value for money was brilliant. However they take prior to the booking money on the card and assume you will pay the full 13% ‘discreptionary’ Service charge. Although I was happy paying this, I would have liked the opportunity to do it after the meal. Service slowed considerably towards end of lunch but attentive when they were available.

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Absolutely fantastic in every aspect of the restaurant. Cannot fault this restaurant in any way. I will definitely be visiting again! Brilliant!!

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Still one of my favourite restaurants in the whole world! Fab food, amazing service and just magical! Whether I’m in London, Paris, NYC, etc. it is my go-to place when taking friends, clients, family, etc. out...

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Best meal we’ve had for weeks. Expensive but worth it. The wine list is a bit outrageous. Staff were helpful and lovely. We’d forgotten how good it was. Will go again next special occasion. Thankyou

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Quality was excellent, staff great, service and food taste impeccable.. my only gripe is I love my food.. and I’m not small..that said I’d eat here again anytime.. I can easily see why this is one of the UKs top ranked restaurants

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Visited On Monday, 06 August 2018

As usual the food at Joel Robuchon was faultless. We agreed that every detail was just right and that we wanted to eat everything from the menu as it all looked so tempting. Probably the best restaurant in London.

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Visited On Monday, 06 August 2018

Pleasant Entree including service. During the service would be better if they can serve it most of the things on your place and notice that there is no butter knife do we need to use the eating knife for it. The lunch set will definitely recommend people great value. The restroom and the underground area they should improve. Like the grond floor decoration real L atelier setting only too bad the area is to packed with high tables if they could make an L shape counter it will be more pleasant.

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Visited On Monday, 06 August 2018

Tastings menu.You have to lunch agaiy

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