L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong

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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. The atmosphere is lively 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.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• The service at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is top-notch. Expect the staff at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon to be knowledgeable about every dish and easily able to provide recommendations and thorough descriptions in between offering regular responses of, “Oui chef!” whenever the head chef makes a statement or request (in French, of course).

• This Hong Kong restaurant has an impressive wine list — topping out at about 132 pages. It just so happens to be one of the most extensive wine collections in the vibrant city, thanks to more than 3,200 labels of various vintages and appellations. You can enjoy a delightful glass of wine, order a magnum of the best red on the list if you’re feeling ambitious, or simply choose anything in between the two extremes.

• L’Atelier takes inspiration from the seasons, so expect your server to point out dishes that are using fresh, seasonal ingredients that are new to the menu.
Things to Know
• L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is the fifth Atelier opened by famed chef Joël Robuchon, and is modeled after his restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.

• The menu at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is written in French and English. There’s no need to dust off your high school French because the menu comes in both languages for ease of use.

• If you want to try the set tasting menu, schedule off a good chunk of time and come hungry—both steps are worth it when it comes to the multicourse price-fix menu at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.

• At first it might seem funny to converse with your server across a dark wood bar — dishes and drinks will be placed in front of you from behind the bar in a sushi-style setup. But that doesn’t diminish the attentiveness of the staff or their professionalism; rather it creates an intimate experience where you get to watch each of your dishes as they are created, and witness your server scooping up a completed plate and walking it directly to your position at the countertop.
The Food
• 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 parmesano reggiano cheese and white truffle folded in, you’re sure to savor every bite.

• Robuchon’s chilled sweet corn soup is accented with caviar and a rich beef jelly that only serves to enhance the natural flavor of the corn. It’s a creamy and colorful way to begin your meal.

• An impossibly round column of steak tartar is topped with fine black truffles and sports a gold leaf-covered egg yolk in its very center. The dish is paired with a white porcelain cup of thin, crisp French fries.

• For dessert, don’t miss the classic L’oeuf de Poule, a soufflé perfumed with Tahitian vanilla extract and featuring a creamy yolk hidden inside.
The Look
• The interior design of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is sleek and sexy. Once you take the escalator up to the entrance of the establishment you’ll enter a dim, inviting space that is all about dark wood and thick red velvet.

• The Atelier is set up almost like a sushi restaurant, with a square bar set around an open kitchen. You’ll be assigned a red velvet chair, a perch that allows you to take in the red-hued kitchen that is accented with heaping baskets of brightly colored green and red peppers, bowls of green apples, and fruits that appear to be suspended in columns of “ice.”

• The colorful foods serve as décor at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and the black and red place setting atop the dark wood bar provides a neutral counterbalance to all the stimulation in the kitchen.
Getting There
15 Queen’s Road West, Hong Kong
TEL852-2166-9000