L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, WC2H

The Halal: Anything on the menu but they require you to pre-order halal dishes in advance of 48 hours. Pork and alcohol are served here.

Located in Covent Garden, Joel Robuchon’s michelin starred restaurant is a ‘theatre for the senses’. Unfortunately, my visit here was a little while ago and since then the menu has changed (and the restaurant has lost a star!) Nonetheless, it’s earnt a spot in the diary!

The Place: The restaurant is set over three floors. The ground floor “L’Atelier” has a Japanese counter concept where you can watch your food being meticulously prepared by a dozen or so chefs who work with military precision.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe first floor “La Cusine” has a more sleek decor with widely spaced tables and another open-plan kitchen featuring a wood-fired oven. The top floor is “Le Bar”.. an elegant space to have drinks before or after your meal.

The Food: French to its core. We ate at L’Atelier (ground floor) and had a variety of elegant fish dishes and a beef main course.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASorry we didn’t have any decent photos of the beef!

The presentation was exactly what you’d expect from a starred restaurant- artistic and classy. Don’t get me wrong, the place is acknowledged as one of the best restaurants in the world- and it’s really very good. Ingredients are cooked to perfection using a variety of complex techniques but we were disappointed by the taste. I suppose our expectations of flavour-packed French food were sky high having eaten at the sister restaurant, La Table de Joel Robuchon in Paris- which to date is the best restaurant we have ever been to. Ever.

Desserts were a spectacular end to the meal and we were able to enjoy them upstairs in Le bar. We went for the Manjari chocolate mousse with bitter chocolate sorbet and Oreo cookie crumb – a decadent finale to our meal and the creamy passion fruit and mango mousse which transported us to an exotic tropical island.

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The Price: To catch a real bargain, go for the pre- or post-theatre deal (Mon-Fri 17:30-1800 or 22:00-23:30) 2 courses £31, 3 courses £36, 4 courses £41. Otherwise be prepared to fork out around £100 per person for 3 courses.

The Verdict: L’Atelier I would definitely go back and give it a second chance – the entrees and mains on the new menu sound very exciting!

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