Review, Vacation

Dining Experience: L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

We always wanted to try another Michelin-starred restaurant since we’re in Europe.  Joel Robuchon is very popular so we booked this restaurant for lunch.  The experience we had at this restaurant was very different from our last one.  We didn’t have the same amount of food and I was just full, not to the extent as last time where I couldn’t eat for the next 10 hours.  I guess it’s a good thing. :)

The restaurant was pretty hard to find as it was located in a dark cellar inside a drugstore.

As you can tell the menu is in French, but our server professionally and patiently translated the menu for us.

The decor is very modern and romantic.  We sat facing the open kitchen which was perfect to see the chefs in action.

We started off with an amuse-bouche with tomato and ricotta.

The bread family in action again.

Starters were impressive.

Seared duck breasts with cherries

Crispy poached eggs with salmon

I can never say no to lobsters, so happy my sister ordered this dish.  The spaghetti was cooked al dente and the coral emulsion just made this dish a little fancier.

Red mullet fish with mussels on risotto

They are known for their mashed potatoes which were creamy, rich and just heavenly!!

The best madeleines I ever had!

I apologize for not naming some of these dishes because I forgot what I ate.  I know, what kind of foodie am I???

Overall, I thought the restaurant has a nice, modern vibe.  Food was not as good as Hélène Darroze.  The presentations were beautiful though.  In terms of value, I still prefer Darroze.  I’m very cheap when it comes to food, I don’t mind paying $$$ for food but it has to be equated to the quality and I didn’t feel like Robuchon deliver the quality to price ratio.  Thank you for reading.  Talk to you next time in the land of waffles and mussels!

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3 Comment

  1. Reply
    January 18, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Mmmm what a delicious meal! Those mashed potatoes look so good and creamy! I want to eat those madelines too! Lol.

  2. Reply
    A Very Sweet Blog
    January 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Exquisite presentation! Everything looked really good Jo. But I can see where the other one was better. Glad you experienced this one though.

  3. Reply
    January 20, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    What I would give to have drown my face in that lobster pasta again!!!

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