Friday, June 3, 2011
Fine Dining: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Paris Etoile - Review
As I had never eaten at any of Joël Robuchon's restaurants, I decided to take advantage of my week-end stay in Paris to eat at the recently opened Atelier de Joël Robuchon Etoile located right on the famous Champs-Elysées Avenue in Paris. Even though this restaurant opened its doors only six months ago (December 2010), it has already earned two Michelin stars, hence achieving the same recognition than the original Atelier located rue de Montalembert.
Though the place is dark, its minimalist decoration give it an Asian touch and it's probably no coincidence that the chef is Japanese. The menu is not the same than at its sister location, though some dishes can be found in both establishments.
In addition, I must say that Robuchon's idea of eating at the bar in a more relaxed setting than what is usually experienced in top restaurants is great. Our waiter was very nice, knowledgeable and we interacted a lot more with him while sitting at the bar than at any other Michelin starred restaurant. I thought that added an even more positive note to the overall experience. As for the food, I must say this was one of the finest meals I have experienced and in my honorable opinion, it undoubtedly beats the meal I had at Auberge de L'Ill in Alsace last week. Not only were the preparation perfectly executed but they were also creative, original and sublime. My taste buds are still in awe two hours after leaving the table! Here are the dishes we got to try and I can only advise every single one of you to try them out on you own:
Amuse bouche: Lemon & Basil & Tapenade Jelly:
Sea Urchin on a spicy carrot jelly topped by a gold leaf:
Caviar with smoked salmon dices on a soft-boiled egg (the highlight of my meal):
Lobster with asparagus and morels:
Duck Foie Gras with almond stuffed cherries:
John Dory with coconut milk and coriander:
Quail with Robuchon's signature mashed potatoes:
Mango Mango dessert:
Red fruit sorbet with carambar cream: