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L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

4.3 (1,175) $$$$ $$$$ French, Modern, Creative, Fine Dining


Summary: A haven of traditional French cuisine, rare and refined.

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon stands as a bastion of French culinary tradition in the heart of Paris, offering a counterpoint to the trend of raw vegetable dishes and light eating. It's a place where one can indulge in the art of traditional French cuisine, with signature dishes that have become national treasures, such as milk-fed lamb with thyme flowers, tournedos of beef fillet with black pepper, and veal chop with asparagus and girolles. The restaurant also pays homage to some of the master's classics, including caviar jelly with cauliflower, John Dory with Chateau-Chalon wine, sweetbreads, and even a foie gras burger. Whether seated at a table or at the counter – arguably the best spot – guests can savor a dining experience that has become increasingly rare. The restaurant's setting in the basement of the Publicis building on the Champs-Élysées adds to its allure, with its red and black decor reminiscent of its international siblings. The chefs deliver a symphony of rich and meticulously crafted flavors, occasionally with a Spanish twist for the tapas-sized portions or an Asian influence, like the royale of foie gras with slices of bellota ham. Each dish is executed with precision, from the salad with foie gras, artichokes, black truffle, and Parmesan shavings to the black cod in daikon broth with yuzu, and the caramelized quail stuffed with foie gras accompanied by the iconic Robuchon purée. Desserts by François Benot are not to be missed, with creations like the "parfum des îles," a coconut emulsion over rum granita, and a gourmet version of the After Eight mint chocolate. The service is exceptionally efficient, and the selection of top-notch wines by the glass, all served from magnums, will delight wine aficionados. Beyond its two locations in Paris, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon has made its mark globally, starting just steps from the Arc de Triomphe on the lower level of the Publicis Drugstore on the Champs Élysées. The restaurant's contemporary take on fine dining is evident in its decor and ambiance – a striking red and black color scheme, a long counter where diners sit on high stools with a view of the kitchen team at work, creating a serene and contemplative space. The Robuchon brand is synonymous with a modern approach to haute cuisine, offering guests the choice between small tasting portions and regular-sized dishes, a feature particularly appealing to wine lovers who appreciate the magnum-served wines by the glass.


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133 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France

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