L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

March’s Michelin lunch was at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Covent Garden. The restaurant is located next to The Ivy and is spread over 4 floors. On arriving, we went to check out the Salon Bar and Terrace on the top floor for a pre-lunch tipple. Given that the weather was very mild, we were lucky to get a table outside on the terrace.

For lunch we were seated on the 1st floor and, as my fellow diners are big food lovers, we decided to go for the 4 course set lunch menu (where you chose 2 starters, 1 main and 1 dessert). There seemed to be gluten-free bread on tap as over the period of lunch, I had 3 servings! They were so nicely presented with the crusts cut off!

For my the first of my two starters I had the Scottish salmon carpaccio flavoured with lemon and Espelette chill which was so delicious. The citrous and spiciness really worked well together.

For my second started I had the quail Caesar salad which was good but out of the two starters, I preferred the salmon.

One of my friends had the cold cold Jerusalem artichoke soup which she said was delicious!

For mains, I had the pork braised pork belly (with mushroom veloute?). We were also served a dish of Joël’s famous mashed potatoes which are amazing but very rich (due to the amount of butter in them) so you can’t eat too much.

One of my friends had the lamb dish which she said was great.

Another friend had the sweet breads which he said were excellent.

For dessert, I had the coulis and mousse of mango and exotic sorbet which was a lovely refreshing way to end the meal.

The service was very attentive and we were the last people to leave the restaurant but at no time did we feel rushed or that we were being given a hint to leave. It was a lovely relaxing lunch and I would love to return for another occasion.


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