L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Almost perfectThe food portion was very small. The "compliment from the chef" side dish - aubergine tempura - the batter was a bit thick and hard. Apart from that, the amuse bouche, the entree, the main and the dessert were absolutely amazing!17/05/2013 00:00:00justifies its reputationAn excellent Saturday lunch with outstanding service. The only reservation is that the beef chuck could have been more tender.
The amuse bouche was delicious, as was the pea veloute and the stuffed squid. Very helpful; advice on the wines11/05/2013 00:00:00Great pre theatre menuWent for a pre theatre meal and was very impressed by the quality of food and speed of service. Food and drink is not cheap but given the standard the prices are reasonable. Portions are small but that's not a bad thing for an early supper. Multiple set menu options are available with and without wine included. Ambiance is great, definitely a place for a special occasion.10/05/2013 00:00:00Still the best Mash Potatoes everFood is still exceptional. Service outstanding. Wine list is a dream.
Seems like this place is getting better and better!08/05/2013 00:00:00Very nice mealThey sat us at the bar, but quickly gave us a table when we complained. The fact that you might be sitting at the bar should be made very clear when you make the reservation. We especially enjoyed the mozzarella starter. The seafood spaghetti was very good, although the portion size was a little small. The service was excellent. We would return.04/05/2013 00:00:00Fabulous, but allow enough timeSecond time here, the first was an evening meal with oodles of time to savour and sample the fine food on the tasting menu. Very enjoyable. This time was a business lunch on the special price three course menu (also available as 2 or 4 courses). Excellent value for money for food of this quality but we should have allowed at least one and a half hours for the meal: we wound up rushed. More a case of allow enough time for this kind of meal than anything else.29/04/2013 00:00:00I took my boyfriend for theI took my boyfriend for the lunch with matched wines for his birthday. We sat on the benches around the kitchen which I found a little odd at 1st but he absolutely loved being able to watch the kitchen at work during the meal. The food was delicious and we both enjoyed having the wines matched for us, although it was often difficult to understand what the waiters were saying. They even brought out a small piece of cake with a candle on for him without me asking. A lovely lunch. Thank you.28/04/2013 00:00:00Best lunch I`ve had in a long time!We were there for a 2 course lunch with wine. Lovely food, very nice wine, and excelent service. The staff really tok care of us, and a drink/coffee at the roof terrace after the meal was lovely.27/04/2013 00:00:00delicious!I really like the layout of the restaurant – set around the open kitchen. It’s quite dark and styled with mostly black furniture but there is a ‘living wall’ at the back which brightens up the room with some greenery. The food was delicious and presented with great flair but on the small side. We started with the octopus salad which was very fresh and I followed that with the veal cheek and my friend had the steak ‘chuck’! My veal was extremely soft and melted in the mouth. The steak less so; the flavour was great but it was a little chewy. We started with a cocktail – which was very nice and were offered selected wines by the glass per course. There’s also a nice bar and terrace on the third floor – so scope to extend your evening there.27/04/2013 00:00:00Perfection!All was absolutely perfect from the starter to the dessert. We took the menu with matching wines, and it was definitely a good idea. We loved it and will be back there soon.25/04/2013 00:00:00Sophisticated SohoA very pleasant experience at L'Atelier. Slick restaurant and bar, with a nice feel to it, being quite different to other restaurants in its decor.
Service very good, and our waiter was most professional but friendly with a personality to match. We were seated at the nicest table in the restaurant in my opinion, however although I like the high seating, the chairs are not comfortable without back support.
All courses were very well presented as expected, and I opted for matching wines with a pre-theatre menu, working very well.
The offer is very good value, but pricey if going off the A la Carte, although the sea bass was excellent from that menu.
Check it out as much better than the Ivy next door...24/04/2013 00:00:00Highly Recommended.Our first visit here was for Sunday lunch. Great ambiance, service and the best restaurant food we have had in central London for some time. Friendly, helpful & knowledgeable staff. Reasonable prices for food and drinks. Set menu that was so good we also shared a cheese course and a dessert although we were already satisfied with the two we had planned (best Compte cheese ever and very light delicious raspberry dessert). Good choice on both the set menu and a la carte. Comprehensive wine list with choices from around the world, really tempted by the Oregon pinot noir, but chose an excellent Loire red with advice from the server. Restaurant was full and well deserves its Michelin 2*. Will definitely try to book for our next visit to London.21/04/2013 00:00:00HappyAmazing roof terrace. Great food. Perfect service. One of the best meals of my life.20/04/2013 00:00:00Great timeGreat food- and drinks on the terrace post lunch was lovely in the sun.20/04/2013 00:00:00A nice spot for a good lunchA nice spot for a good lunch in the theatre district. Food was excellent. Good value.19/04/2013 00:00:00A delicious experienceWe booked to go here on a Saturday lunch time for a special occasion and it did not disappoint. Although the restaurant is quite small, and we were sat up on bar stools overlooking the kitchen (the perfect place, by the way) it still felt intimate and not claustrophobic.
The restaurant has a great ambience with low lighting and background mad beats. We opted for the three course menu with wine matching which was amazing and great value. Although small portions on first impression, we were both suitably satisfied come dessert.
The waiting staff were extremely friendly and helpful, ready to answer any questions. The timings of the food delivery were perfect, and we never felt rushed.
We would highly recommend this place.13/04/2013 00:00:00My first lunch experienceI have been to the L'atelier before for dinner but this was my first experience using one of the special lunch offers with accompanying wines. We were seated by the counter and I reminded myself that I really loved this resto and its ambience. The food as outstanding as before and could not be faulted at all. The service of the courses was very swift and at times I felt a bit rushed. I would come again for the food though.12/04/2013 00:00:00Amazing meal and serviceHad the pre-theatre meal with the wine pairing and the dessert from the a la carte menu. The food was absolutely amazing - and watching the chefs cooking right in front of us also added to the experience. The wine pairings were great and matched each course very well. The dessert was especially exciting! Great service as well and a great deal for a pre-theatre meal experience.11/04/2013 00:00:00Swift and stylishWe came for the £29 for two courses pre-theatre menu. There was an excellent choice for a set menu and with everything prepared in front of you, you can see the high standards of the kitchen. Service was attentive and swift and the presentation of the food was excellent. Wine by the glass is expensive but as well as the two courses we were given an amuse bouche and small pre-dessert as well.10/04/2013 00:00:00Special treatL'Atelier has a very special atmosphere. Seated round the food preparation area is like watching a work of art in progress. My lobster salad, which I had watched emerging in the bowl was almost too pretty to eat - however it was well worth the destruction. The John dory was served with thai green curry sauce and the combination was unusual and delicious. We chose the matching wines and were very please that we had - each one was a perfect partner for the course and moved us out of our usual "safe" choices. The fortified wine from the south of France wiht the chocolate dessert wine was lovely.10/04/2013 00:00:00Excellent Pre-theatre Dining OptionL'Atelier de Joel Robuchon is a perfect restaurant for pre-theatre dining given the location near many theatres and the delicious set menus with wine pairings by the glass. The setting is chic but intimate and the staff are professional, knowledgeable and from the moment you enter and are greeted by the front of house team, you are made to feel welcome. We will return.09/04/2013 00:00:002 stars are not enoughThis is the second time we have been and I have never tasted food like it. The asparagus velouté was just amazing and my slow Cooke beef cheek as sticky soft as it could be.08/04/2013 00:00:00Excellent and lively!I really enjoyed the excellent food and service and the lively ambience of L'Atelier. It is diificult to find somewhere like this in London,08/04/2013 00:00:00Dine2enjoyAnother visit to this lovely restaurant, this time for lunch and I was not disappointed. Enjoyed the lunch menu with sommelier recommendations, light and refreshing chicory salad with blue cheese and nuts, lobster with guacamole, slow roasted lamb and John Dory all delivered on flavour and taste as did the chocolate and rhubarb selections for dessert. The wines from France and South Africa complimented the food and makes a nice touch having a different taste with each course. To make it special we started with a glass of Champagne to and finished with additional cheese and port before petit fours and coffee. The extras doubled the bill but well worth it and this remains one of my favorite places to dine.08/04/2013 00:00:00L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon LondonHad pre-theatre meal for 2. Good range of dishes to choose from. Bar table a bit cramped so had separate table instead. Service at good moderate pace. Delivered wrong dish for main course but waitress made no fuss about changing back. Overall good experience in a Michelin star restaurant at acceptable price.06/04/2013 00:00:00Best food in my life!I've only been to 1star rated Restaurant so far, so i wanted
to know why and how they decide between a one
and a two star Restaurant. After visiting l'atelier i understood why. The service was outstanding, we were
lucky to get a table directly at the bar where you can watch the cooks
working on your meals. We had a passioned sommelier
on our side and the food was just amazing.
Def the best food i had so far and the ambience was adorable!05/04/2013 00:00:00Good toptable valueInteresting environment given the complete view the diners are given of the food being prepared. Fortunately watching the chefs preparing our plates didn't seem to put them off as the food was excellent. Service was pretty good and value reasonable when using the toptable deal.05/04/2013 00:00:00Great food, so so ServiceI love Joel Robuchon, and i think it is the only restaurant in London where you can get 2 star Michelin quality food while having a pretty relax atmosphere (You can select the Tapas Menu, which i love).
Tapas we order:
Pig Trotters - always our favorite
Langoustine ravioli - top notch (must try)
Duck with Foie Gras wrapped with Cabbage - very good
Black Cod with Daikon - very good.
Iberico Ham -i should have asked for refund.
Sweetbread - also very good.
and desserts - avoid the selection of tarts/sorbets, they are like pre-made frozen stuff.
Service is bad that night, normally is good. The waitress placed wrong plates, and didn't explain to our friend that she get 3 choices of sorbet, so she got 3 scoops of coconut instead!02/04/2013 00:00:00A lunch to remember...Without doubt the lunch offer at L'Atelier is outstanding. No other Michelin starred kitchen offers as much choice for their lunch deal and the courses we tried were special indeed (Lobster & Makrel starter, Whiting and Spit roast of the day mains, Lemon mousse and chocolate brownie deserts). So were the matching wines. We'll come again and so should you! ; )26/03/2013 00:00:00Fantastic!I love it here – it was my second visit and I was once again very impressed. The food was beautiful and the staff were extremely friendly and attentive.24/03/2013 00:00:00Good value, but poor service.Great value for pre-theatre menu, £33 for 3 courses, last order before 6:15pm. However, poor service from the staff over the night as they always forgot refilling wine for us given that this is a M2 Star restaurant. But overall, satisfied.20/03/2013 00:00:00went for lunch menu on a Sunday.went for lunch menu on a Sunday. Food was good, but not ** Michelin. However, given the price of £39, price/value was outstanding17/03/2013 00:00:00Birthday lunchWe celebrated my birthday here with a set lunch. The choice was excellent, and there was the option of matching wines. All of the dishes we tried were superb. Spit roast of the day (which was pork ribs) was great, as was the duck, and the starters of roasted salmon and clams. Only small gripe would be that the cheese course was tiny! They even brought me a birthday "cake" (actually a slice of chocolate tart). I would definitely recommend and will return on another special occasion!15/03/2013 00:00:00Very nice lunchWent for the 28 pounds lunch option - food excellent, service very good. Nice to go up to the lounge on the third floor for coffee.15/03/2013 00:00:00Great pre-theatreWe are always in a hurry when we come here and the staff never fail to impress with their efficiency. Servers have Excellent people skills with a friendly, unhurried manner despite our usual flurry. The food is superb and the best value are the taster menu or the pre-theatre - a la carte is painfully priced, for essentially the same dishes as the menus.15/03/2013 00:00:00Pre-theatreExcelelnt pre threatre 2 course meal. No cheap but a great experience14/03/2013 00:00:00Perfect birthday presentTook my boyfriend for a pre-theatre meal for his birthday. Food and service were very good, and he even got a small birthday cake with a candle. Lovely touch.13/03/2013 00:00:00Fantastic as always.This is the third time i've been here and each time is as good as the last. The service is wonderful and the food is exceptional (as you'd expect for 2 Michelin *). We chose from the smaller dish menu which gives you the chance to try more. It isn't cheap though, lunch for 2 came to £240 including service. That said, for special occasions i'll still return. The decor leaves me a little cold upstairs but the open kitchen is a nice touch. Booking through here though means that you'll be dining on the more informal ground floor, you'll need to call to ask them to move you to the first floor if you want the more formal option.10/03/2013 00:00:00The coolest restaurant in LondonThe restaurant oozes cool - from the music through to the live wall at the back. Watching the chefs prepare the intricate dishes is incredible and tasting them is even better. It's expensive, but so what. It's an experience that you will remember for a long time and worth every penny.10/03/2013 00:00:00DeliciousWet for lunch for a special occasion and had a lovely time. The food is delicious - v small dainty portions that you'd expect from a 2* place but we were full for ages afterwards! The lunch menu with matching wines was really good value and delicious.
Only poInt to note is its quite dark inside so feels a bit weird for lunch!09/03/2013 00:00:00Very good for value!Very good service and amazing food for value! Highly recommended.08/03/2013 00:00:00Amazing mealWe had a fantastic pre-theatre menu meal at L'Atelier, amazing food - well worth pairing the food with wine - very reasonably priced. Have also been to Las Vegas L'Atelier which is very much the same - great for a special treat or romantic meal, but not too stuffy and quiet so that you feel you can't talk and have to whisper, great ambience.08/03/2013 00:00:00Fantastic lunchI took a friend for her birhtday and we had the 3 course lunch menu with matching wines. At less than £50 each I thought it was fantastic value. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. Defintely give the cocktails in the bar upsatirs a try too!08/03/2013 00:00:00Just brilliantJust had a lovely dinner last weekend for my partner's birthday. Have to say it was a big surprise to us that we were seated at the bar, just setup around the kitchen. This allowed us to see what's going on in the kitchen and how our food was prepared. Absolutely loved the theatre and the feel of this setup. The food was very nice, we both had the tasting menu, my partner the regular one, I went with the vegetarian option. It was a masterclass in classic French cooking infused with truly tasty Mediterranean twists. The service was very attentive, the wine recommendations very classic and subtle.
All in all we had an amazing evening, thank you team. Hope to be able to return soon.03/03/2013 00:00:00WowIt takes a lot to get me to part with 5 stars, but this restaurant was perfection. The service was attentive without being too "in-your-face" or over-bearing and the food was creative and delicious. Dishes were explained clearly and it was just the perfect evening.
We had the pre-theatre menu with matching wines which were also sensational. We will definitely be returning to sample the other menus.02/03/2013 00:00:00Great pre-theatre with wine pairingGreat pre-theatre menu with wine pairing. Also had lunch in Paris at l'Atelier Etoile and had a glass of wine with meal but the wine pairing option was great.
Fun to watch the kitchen and the chefs at work. Great service and good atmosphere.01/03/2013 00:00:00We loved the "bar" seatingWe loved the "bar" seating - fantastic for watching the staff at work. We explained our need to eat quickly (only had one hour before curtain-up) and the most delicious three course meal was promptly produced accompanied by an excellent selection of wines and equally good service. One tiny plea - with such amazing food and surroundings - is the music necessary?28/02/2013 00:00:00Lunch menu perfect for businessLunch menu perfect for business bite - and appropriate amount of food/wine/cost28/02/2013 00:00:00Fabulous pre theatre dinnerWe came here on the pre-theatre deal -myself and my partner thought the food was fantastic. My only complaint is that we arrived 20 minutes early so that we could have a look at the bar area (which we read was fab) but were told we had to order our food by 6.15 so we couldn't-if this would have been explained when booking we would have arrived earlier. Other than that, no complaints!23/02/2013 00:00:00Miam!Very nice food, elegantly presented, with beautifully paired wines, in a delightful bustling atmosphere at the bar.22/02/2013 00:00:00