Saturday, June 19, 2010

L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon (London)

I'm back from my 1 month whirlwind tour of Europe, so be prepared for some heavy updating!

The first on the list is the splendid L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon in London, which was seriously very very good, well worth its 1 michelin star. Awesome. Let's start from the beginning - Joel Robuchon is located near the Seven Dials in Covent Garden, and is an offshoot of the Joel Robuchon range of restaurants (which has come to Singapore, I have heard). Anyway, it's located in a pretty lonely alley - but when we went in, we were greeted with splendid service, giving us space in the cloakroom, allowing us to sit in the comfy sofa areas while waiting for another friend to arrive. The decor, I must add, is pretty neat - Black with dark red gives a modern zen-like setting which is both minimalist and posh at the same time. There are no real tables and chairs, just modernist blocks. Being a party of six, we sat three-three in an L shape around the bar, which made for good watching, and besides we could talk to the chef as well.

The bread came in a fancy shaped dish and was quite excellent.

The first course I had was Pea Soup with Mint, and this was a revelation, much better than I had expected. There was such an intense pea flavour, of sweet vegetables coming through, a complex and rounded taste, and a long finish. It was served with bits of cheese (I'm not sure what) surrounding croutons floating on the Soup which combined beautifully. Also there was some mint which complemented perfectly. All in all, quite brilliant. (8.5/10)

The main course I had was a White fish (I can't remember the name now), with the skin lightly charred, served with leeks and white asparagus, tomatoes, onions, and olives. The fish was superbly clean-tasting - delicious! And the vegetables were superb garnishes to the delicate flavours of the fish. (8/10)

We struck up good conversation with the chefs, talking about the food, their lives, where they're from, everything - and they realised we were going to Paris, and they were really quite excited, saying that oh the food is great, etc etc etc. One of them was even from brittany, so mere mention that we were going there as well made him very excited.

The chefs gave us some of their special Mashed Potatoes to try (the famous Joel Robuchon mashed potatoes) and this was really quite awesome. The potatoes and butter combined together to create such splendid oomph in your mouth - light, buttery, and full of potatoey goodness. So good I just needed some more. The chef shared that it's done by combining half potatoes and half butter, but the butter must first be melted, and then whisked in to create a foamy texture. Oooh i'm dying to try it. (9.5/10)

A view of the neat kitchen

The dessert I had was a selection of cheeses, which were all pretty good. Nothing spectacular though (7.5/10)
(Okay maybe this is from hindsight since I did have the cheese platter from Steirereck - it was still good though!)

Overall a fantastic dining experience, at only 27 quid. Very highly recommended!

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