Mixed in among the designer shops and high-end hotels that comprise Hong Kong’s Landmark building is a little slice of France in the form of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. If the name sounds familiar that’s because Joël Robuchon is France’s most important export since croissants and macarons, and his name is emblazoned on L’Ateliers on three continents.
Hong Kong’s version subscribes to Robuchon’s style of having chairs situated around a dark wood bar that faces a large, open kitchen, allowing you to watch the black-coated chefs work to prepare each dish of haute cuisine. The arrangement at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon might feel informal but the dishes themselves are highly stylized, with exacting preparations and fresh, seasonal ingredients used throughout the year.
With white truffles as the welcome centerpiece for several unique dishes including the Alba white truffle on French potatoes with foie gras rolls and a creamy spelt risotto featuring Reggiano parmesan cheese and white truffle folded in, you’re sure to savor every bite. And you can’t help but eye what your neighbor receives when you’re seated next to strangers as this often leads to copycat ordering after watching the creamy steak tartar or vanilla-scented soufflé sliding onto the forks next to you.