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Friday, 30 January 2015

The Birthday Lunch: L’ Atelier de Joel Robuchon London

As someone who is fond of afternoon tea, I celebrated my milestone birthday last year with an afternoon tea at Marriott’s Hansbury Manor. I enjoyed it so much that I said to myself I am going to celebrate every birthday from that day on with afternoon tea. But this year, Robuchon came calling.
Hailed as the “chef of the century”, Joel Robuchon is the only chef who has the most Michelin stars among all his restaurants around the world combined. We missed a chance in dining at his restaurant in Paris because we did not book well ahead. To my delight, I learned he also has a restaurant in London, the 2 Michelin star L’ Atelier de Joel Robuchon which is a few doors down from The Ivy. I did not waste time and booked well ahead  and voila, I got us a table for my birthday.
I know it is cliché but to say that the food was amazing would be an understatement. I am not a food blogger so I will let most of the pictures speak for themselves though this wonderful meal would be difficult to put into words in itself.

Kicked off the birthday lunch with my favorite cocktail, Peach Bellini.


Amuse Bouche, heralded the start of our meal. Foie gras, port reduction and parmesan foam. We were told to scoop all the layers. The result, an explosion of different flavors that compliments each other. It was beautiful.

Game Terrine with lardo di colonnata and confit pear. The caramelized pear added a twist to this lovely dish.

Soft boiled egg on a Hampshire watercress coulis and young comte cheese cream. The husband's order.

Could I say this is the best tasting fillet of fish ever?

Pommes Puree. Robuchon's famous signature dish. Soft, silky and decadent. Once you have tried it, you will not look at mashed potato in the same light again.

What better way to end a four course meal for a macaron loving birthday girl than with a massive macaron, stamped with the chef of the century's logo.

Robuchon operates in an open kitchen which  makes it more exciting for diners to see how their food is intricately prepared. The service is very attentive. At the helm (pictured) is executive head chef Xavier Boyer.

L' Atelier de Joel Robuchon
13-15 West Street, London

+44 (0)207 010 8600