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L'atelier de Joel Robuchon [London] Reviews?

We’re headed to London in a few weeks, and I’ve only a couple of nights, that are not filled with board-dinners. I have looked for reviews of L'atelier de Joel Robuchon, and have only found a few references and then a good lunch review.

Does anyone have a somewhat recent update on dinner there? We’re doing dinner at Gordon Ramsey’s @ Claridge’s on the other night.

Some of our other dining experiences in/around Mayfair, have been Greenhouse (excellent and very good), La Gavroche (excellent), Menu (excellent) and Savoy House (probably not really in Mayfair, but excellent, as well). To date, my reservations have not come through, so I’m also asking for any other recs, along these lines. I only have a few weeks, but we’re flexible about the times.

Thanks for the information and any recommendations,
Bill Hunt

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  1. I can't comment on L'Atelier personally, but if you've not seen them, there are date-ordered reviews here:

    http://www.toptable.co.uk/venues/rest...
    http://www.london-eating.co.uk/28186.htm

    Also in Mayfair is Galvin at Windows (for French food and a great view); Benares (Indian food by Atul Kochhar); or The Square.(modern French). It might be worth searching by area on toptable, especially if you'd consider booking through a special offer deal - it can make fine dining less financially painful!

    Do report back on where you end up eating.

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    1. re: DollyDagger

      DollyDagger,

      Many thanks. Even though I made the reservations through TopTable, I had not thought to poke around their site. My searches turned up some material, but nothing like your links.

      I will also make note of your other recs., as we have not done any of them in our trips to Mayfair. I'll also know to search TopTable, right after CH and the heck with Google.

      Your information is greatly appreciated. Also, the reservations were confirmed, so expect a review, when we return "state-side."

      Thanks,
      Hunt

    2. I was at L'atelier de Joel Robuchon about a month ago and found it to be very good. The food was quality, the flavours were very well balanced, and the staff and service were excellent. Make sure that you save some room for deserts as the 'Selection of Pies' and 'Chocolate Cube' were fantastic ways to end. A meal here doesn't come cheap - at £150 for 2 people 3 courses and a low-priced bottle of french wine it isn't bad value for a good restaurant but you are paying more for the ultra-modern and trendy atmosphere than for a delicious culinary experience. Also, the people next to us ordered the Whiting that is served whole, crumbed, and lying upright on your plate, which we considered a little too confronting and difficult to eat - bear that in mind if you plan to order it! We ate here for an early pre-opera meal and found it lacking a little in atmosphere and would thus be more inclined to return at a busier time when more people would certainly add to the experience.

      I have heard excellent reviews on La Gavroche although I have not been there yet.

      I recently ate at Wild Honey and found it to be an excellent selection of modern seasonal food with a very relaxed, but smart, atmosphere. I will certainly be eating there again.

      I see that your reservation for L'atelier de Joel Robuchon, has come through so I look forward to reading your review when you have returned. Enjoy your trip to London!

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      1. re: joelq

        Joelq,

        Thank you for the report. We are looking forward to the experience. I was going to try and squeeze the Las Vegas, US L'atelier into our trip this week, but the timing just did not work out. Besides, I probably would choose to be "wowed" by the UK version first, then do the US version later.

        It's been a bit, since we dined at La Gavroche, but I think that I did a review on CH then. It was excellent in all respects, except one. The dining room is smallish, and it seemed that all other diners, except for us, were smoking constantly. I cannot imagine how any of them tasted a thing. Still, with that one quibble, the food, the wine and the service were in the high 90% range, with the food edging up towards 100%. We look forward to going back, as things have changed a bit, since last trip and it was an otherwise wonderful experience. I strongly suggest it. The pricing was about the same as L'atelier, and we did the multi-course tasting menu with the sommelier's pairings. Not inexpensive, but well worth the overall cost in value. Even with the $ going softer, I'd still go back, and will, when we have time to work it back into the mix. Unfortunately, there are still too many other London spots, that we have not made it to - too many good spots, and just too little time...

        Again, I appreciate your comments and will do a full review, upon our return,

        Hunt

      2. My husband & another couple went to L'atelier in March. We sat in the main restaurant and had one of the best meals ever, and we've had a lot of good meals in our days.

        Our group of 4 did the tasting menu, and it was spectacular. I've tried to attach a photo...hope you can read it. The two 'mains' were lamb or quail, which one in our party doesn't eat and they very graciously let her pick something off the regular menu (the tuna.) I think what we all enjoyed the most about the meal is that you could actually taste each flavor that was in each dish. Most of the courses were layered, and each layer's flavor was stunning alone but then eaten together it was magnificent. The presentations were beautiful. The crabmeat with tomato jelly & avocado was served in what looked like a ceramic egg, then the top was taken off to show the food inside. Each was served with a special utensil too. Even though we had the menu, we eagerly anticipated each course...what would it looks like? How would it be served? What would we eat it with? And of course, how would it taste? It was so much fun.

        I had the quail stuffed with fois gras & truffled mashed potatoes as my meat course, and the amount of the truffles truly astounded me. My photos don't do justice but hopefully you can get an idea of what things were like.

        We can't wait to return.

         
         
         
         
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        1. re: Just One Bite

          Sounds fantastic. We are looking forward to the experience. My plan is to do the tasting menu, though I'll have to discuss this with our server, as wife is allergic to bi-valves (oysters, clams, scallops, etc. - two shells are a problem, but abalone is just fine. Go figure.), so we'll see how accommodating they are, based on what the menu holds on our night.

          Thank you for the post and the photographs,

          Hunt

          1. re: Bill Hunt

            I'm dying to hear what you end up doing. I've got a friend who's headed there at the beginning of May for business. He's staying at a place in Mayfair.

            1. re: margiehubbard

              Just got back, and am putting the review together. I just received an invitation from TopTable to also post it.

              In short, it was a great experience. So much so, that I just booked the Las Vegas, USA, location for my wife's birthday in late May. Usually, I do not accompany her to her meetings in LV, but with the opportunity to do L'Atelier in the US, I could not pass this one up. Gotta' try these "back-to-back."

              We also really enjoyed Gordon Ramsey @ Claridge's, and I'll post that review too. It was a toss-up between the two. They are different, but both were very good to great.

              Neither was inexpensive, even by London standards, but both were good values, in their own right.

              Will finish the review tomorrow and post it.

              My suggestion is "GO," and enjoy. Plan on a relatively expensive meal, but again, a good value for what one gets.

              We did both the tasting menu and the sommelier's pairing. I found few faults anywhere.

              Hunt

              PS it's a nice walk from Mayfair (about 15 mins.) and helps one work up an appetite for the meal.

              1. re: Bill Hunt

                went last night ... quite possibly my worst fine dining experience ever ... and that's saying something as i am quite the forgiving diner.

                the night started well enough ... mojitos of various flavours on the patio w great olives. in fact i was so impressed w the olives i felt it was gonna be a great night ... i had just come back from madrid where we ate a lot of olives btu these things were killer!

                then to the meal ... we decided to go the tasting menu route ... skipped the wine pairing since clos maggiore the night before slayed us with the generousity in their wine pours and ordered a bottle of sancere .... the "somellier" was awful ... all he could do was point out bottles and their regions ... when asked for a suggestion he would give a million different picks ... it's his job to suggest ... don't be so shy ...

                then the meal ... started out ok ... there was an amuse of foie and some jelly topped w parm foam in a shooter glass ... nice light and tasty ... then it all goes downhill

                being a michellin starred venue ... the service was woefully inept ... they stuck us at a table in a corner and the waiters would keep bumping my chair and not even apologize ... when they would deliver the dishes, my two companions would get theirs and mine would arrive a good 2-3 minutes later

                there was first a pea soup with some crouton in the middle ... ive had better out of a can ... i think it was pea soup ... the waitress never really told us

                then there was a puree of asparagus topped w a tomato granite in a martini glass ... an acidic pile of mush that tasted like blended grass ... i took two bites (the second to give it another chance because i couldnt believe how bad my first impression was) and had to stop ...

                at this point the service starts getting really bad ... they started popping up over my shoulder and inbetween my companions' heads ... literally! ... they wouldnt say a word ... stare at the finished or half finished dishes that we clearly no longer eating ... and just walk away! .... wtf?

                then we had a scallop

                then a foie

                then the quail (if this is their signature dish they really need a revamp- teriyaki chicken anyone?)

                a sorbet

                and a mousse

                the entire time the same basic errors were happening over and over ... there would keep serving two dishes and wait a good 2-3 minutes to serve the last ... glasses were constantly empty to the point where we would serve ourselves

                when we ordered tea ... my pot of darjeeling came out in relatively short order ... 10 minutes later at which point i was nearly done did my friend;s pot come out ... we wanted to order more wine with the last main course (the quail) and told out waiter so - he dropped off and wine list and didnt return to take our order until dessert!

                at 110 quid a head plus drinks and 12.5% auto grat the whole experience was bizarre to say the least ... i cannot for the life of me understand the recent second star they gave this place ... the food was definitely not good ... everything was mushy - it was like a tasting of baby food ... and dont even get me started on the oompa loompas they had serving us ... im pretty sure management knew we were dissatisfied ... but looking over and pointing at us didnt solve anything ... i would have been completely satisified with the evening had i simply been asked by a manager why we werent enjoying our food (which the half eaten dishes should have been a clear indicator of) and been able to voice our dimay.

                shame really ... because of this evening i have lost all desire to visit any other robuchons .... i was quite looking forward to my meal too .... thank good the drunk bankers who will eat anything so long as there is plenty of drink to go along will keep filling the place and thus keep it open.

                end rant (LOL)

                1. re: slants

                  Did you pay the 12.5% service?

                  1. re: PhilD

                    Service was clearly shite for somewhere of that level - I'd have scrubbed the charge off the bill. And a letter of complaint would be winging its way.

                  2. re: slants

                    Sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience at L'Atelier London. I was there last Nov - though it didn't exactly bowl me over, I did have a good time there & really enjoyed my experience as such. I'd rate it below L'Atelier Paris & L'Atelier Tokyo (Roppongi Hills), but above L'Atelier HK.

                    You should have sounded up your disappointment to the manager/maitre'd that same evening - that'll help them be aware of their shortcomings, and also do other diners a favor by making sure L'Atelier don't slacken their service just because of their reputation. Anyway, my symphathies to you and, like PhilD asked earlier - you know that you can cross-off the 12.5% service: it's at your discretion.

                    1. re: klyeoh

                      i should have ... to add insult to injury when the bill first came they had charged us for 4 tastings at a table of 3! ... they were clearly scared of us by the end of the meal ... im a fairly large guy and i wasnt really being too quiet about how i felt ... the managers kept pointing at us and discussing ... it seemed like they didn tknow what they should do ... also quite ridiculous were the amount of servers behind the bar who spent the entire evening sampling wine w patrons when the 4 guys on the floor were run off their feet ... you guys are right ... i should send a letter of complaint ... i think i will forward tehm my post

                      1. re: slants

                        letter sent ... id really like to see what they say ... i always judge restos based on how they handle a tough situation such as this ... i already told them im not expecting anything of a "freebie" nature ... im on a plane back to toronto tomorrow anyhow ,,, it would be simply nice to have at least an acknowledgement or some form of apology

                        1. re: slants

                          Do let us know how they respond to your complaint!

                          1. re: slants

                            Last year, my husband sent a letter, not so much of complaint, but of disappointment to a famous pub owned by a famous chef. He got back a nice letter inviting us to return and have a free meal, which we haven't as yet done. One of our favorite dishes was just plain horrible that day we were there.

                            It will be interesting to see what these people do, if anything.

                            1. re: zuriga1

                              they replied ... pretty typical response with a twist ... offered a freebie as is usual - bu there;s the classy part ... i told them i probably wouldnt be back in london anytime soon so they immediately refunded the service ... kinda restores my faith in them ... enough to at least give them a second chance

                        2. re: slants

                          Thank you for the review. I am SO-O-O very glad that I encountered my experience, and not yours. Since we were able to give them a go, at the Las Vegas/USA restaurant in a week's time (had a great meal), I'd give the nod to the London restaurant. So did my wife, and she's a real stickler for service and details.

                          Thanks for posting,

                          Hunt

                2. I was looking forward to trying out L'Atelier in London. I'd had a marvelous meal in March at La Table in Paris and decided there had to be quality across the board. I was disappointed.

                  I was a single woman dining alone last week and walked in before 6pm. There were few others there and I expected to be seated at the bar seating. But, out of each seat being empty at the bar but two, I was seated right next to the couple. Awkward. I did, however, have a good view of the kitchen.

                  I ordered the appetizer from the pre-theater menu, the salmon rillette. It sounded better than the salmon on the regular menu. The waitress said there would be no problem. I then ordered the foie gras ravioli. There was a problem inputing my salmon choice into the computer apparently and she spoke to the head chef in front of me about it.. There was a bit of ridicule in French regarding my order. After the waitress went back to input the order I caught the eye of the chef and he asked if I spoke French. I said yes, and he bowed as if in apology and turned back to the kitchen. I should have left then. The salmon app. was a joke and of no great ingredients or architecture: salmon w/mayo on toast. Fortunately the sous chef licked his finger after preparing my dish. The foie gras ravioli was admittedly divine. The passion fruit dessert was pedestrian with some silly plastic tropical sheet underneath the bowl for decoration.

                  I watched others come in, and saw the service to all around me. I was somewhat ignored. When dining alone in Paris, I'm always made to feel comfortable. Generally, in London, I'm ignored. Too bad. The wine was very good and I did strike up a conversation with the couple next to me, so the evening was not a complete loss.

                  Perhaps I got away cheap with a 75 GBP bill, but I would not recommend dining at this restaurant if you're a woman and dining alone. Believe me, business circumstances have me dining alone on occasion and this was a bad experience all around, from service to quality of food. It is not what I'd have expected from a high-end restaurant. I do not plan to give L'Atelier a second shot - at any location.

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                  1. re: vlfrance

                    I'm saddened to read this report. Our service was almost the exact opposite of what you encountered.

                    Now, we did dine as a couple and were also seated just round the arch of the bar, on the shorter end. Not only did we have a good view of the kitchen, but as the "sommelier's parings," for many of the prix fixe meals were right in front of us, the sommelier managed to grace us with little tastings, to see how we liked these with the full "tasting menu," with some variations. The total service was great, in our instance. It was probably just a touch better a week, or so later, in Las Vegas/USA.

                    Now, I did notice that things seemed "strained" in most of the restaurants around London in April. With one exception, no one seemed to be hitting the high marks that we have come to associate with higher-end UK restaurants. Maybe we were just there on a bad week, right before the May Day "celebrations." Maybe it was more than that.

                    I'm also glad that you posted from the perspective of a young lady dining solo. It seems that there are more requests for info on restaurants that accommodate solo diners, more often on CH now. As my wife is often in that position, when away on business, I watch these threads on cities to which she'll be traveling.

                    Again, sorry that the kitchen and the FOH were not up to task for your meal.

                    Hunt

                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                      I did want to make the qualification of my circumstances since it could have been specific to that, or, just the moon being in the wrong position that day...

                      Dining solo is not my favorite thing, but when I do, I want to enjoy it. Your wife is a lucky gal with you keeping your eye out for her!

                      1. re: vlfrance

                        I do agree. While I love to dine, I also do not really look forward to doing so, solo. It usually happens when my wife is at some board meeting, and I'm on my own.

                        As to my wife's "luck," she might argue, saying that my concerns for her dining are a small perk for her having to put up with me the rest of the year!

                        Next trip to London, we'll likely do Joel Robuchon again, as it's now been over a year. I'll keep my eye open to see if there might well be a double-standard. That would not sit well with me. When in less formal situations (not that L'Atelier is that formal), we often extend our table to others, as we often do our wines too.

                        Hunt

                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                          I was going to add a link to my review of both Joël Robuchon L'Atelier, and Gordon Ramsay from that trip. It seems that CH has purged the review. It also had Butler's at The Chesterfield. Seems that someone did not like the reviews, though all were good ones.

                          Sorry,

                          Hunt

                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            Are you referring to this: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/522517

                            I remember reading it and it's still there. Search defaults to only threads from within a year, I had to pull it up by asking for all threads in the last 5 years.

                            1. re: limster

                              Yes. That is it. I *thought* that I had reset the search criteria. Since you found it, and I did not, either I made a mistake, or need to retake boolean 101.

                              Thank you,

                              Hunt

                              PS, maybe I have become so accustomed to some sites loosing older posts, that I now take things for granted. Also, I had tried Google, and it did not show there. Still, I am appreciative of your efforts.

                          2. re: Bill Hunt

                            Here's what was removed:

                            L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

                            Our evening at L’Atelier started out quite early, as we had the afternoon off and wanted to see what the walking time was from Mayfair. We stopped in after their lunch crowd, but well before dinner. The hostess was kind enough to show us around. We had rather early dinner reservations, as we were leaving for the States the next morning and gave our name. She stated that we were to be seated in the upstairs, and showed us around. It was a lovely, modern space, though was a bit more stark, than I had expected. She talked of the bar area, that was another level up, and recommended that we arrive early to start there with some wine.

                            L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is located at 13-15 West Street, London WC2H 9NE, http://www.joel-robuchon.com/. For me, it is right at the edge of Soho and Covent Gardens, though for a Londoner, there might be a better geographical description.

                            Later, we walked through Mayfair to Soho and arrived a few minutes before our reservations. Since we planned on doing both the “tasting menu” and the “sommelier’s pairings” of wine, we walked around a bit, not really feeling the need to start the wine too early. When we checked in with the hostess, she ushered us to a dining area on the ground floor, not the place that we had been shown earlier. It was at this point, that my confusion began. We talked to her about the dining space, and mentioned the dining room on the 1st floor (the 2nd floor to any “yanks”). She then led us upstairs, and I inquired about the menus – different, we were now told. I inquired about the “sommelier’s pairings” – different, we were told. OK, I am a simple yank and was becoming confused. There are actually a couple of slightly different Joël Robuchon restaurants in the building, and the one that we wanted was L’Atelier, which was on the ground floor, where we had been initially seated. Back we headed, a little embarrassed. Fortunately, our original seats were still available. Within the building, there is L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Le Bar de Joël Robuchon and La Cuisine de Joël Robuchon. Even with my exploring, I cannot tell you all of the differences, but maybe their Web site will reveal these.

                            Once seated, and after a few apologies to the servers for my confusion, things began to happen. First, we encountered the sommelier, who was actually “working” the room above. He took time to get some “starter wines” going, as we looked over both the “tasting menu,” and the á la carte menu. With one exception, the “tasting menu” was the way we wanted to go. Unfortunately, my wife has developed an allergy to bi-valves (oysters, scallops, mussels and clams) and one dish featured scallops. After an inquiry, we were assured that a substitution could be easily made for her. They worried that I might also have a problem, but I assured them that I did not. I did offer to have that course per her menu, if it would make things easier on the kitchen, but was informed that it would not make any difference. The next inquiry was whether langostines would be a problem for her. No, it was only bi-valves. Even single shelled mollusks, like limpets and abalone do not cause a problem – something about mollusks with two shells!

                            It did take a moment to get the wine pairings down, as we wanted the full wine-tasting menu, as well, even though we had started with a Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay, while we perused the menus.

                            By now, we had settled into a beautifully lit room with an L-shaped bar, surrounding a working kitchen, and several tables (most seemed to be grouped 2-tops, that accommodated four diners). Black and red were the themed colors (colours for those following along in the UK). The ambient lighting was dark, but there was excellent “task lights” everywhere. While the overall mood was dark, the illumination was really very good, where one was dining. I also liked the under counter lighting and the accents. The space was modern, yet was very utilitarian. Form did follow function here. I hate spaces that are too dark to see the presentations. I always wonder what the restauranteur doesn’t want me to see. L’Atelier is a perfect blend of light and dark. It was a bit less elegant, than I would have anticipated, but I warmed to it. I will admit that I am a big fan of elegant “fine-dining,” and really enjoy the full design treatment.

                            The seating at the bar is on stools, that are evenly spaced around the “L.” The only problem that my wife noted was that the cushions were not that comfortable for her. Now, she’s only 5'-1" so that might have been a problem. She did note that a server had offered some other ladies a cushion to “pad” the stools a bit. For me, I found no problem. She took up the offer for a cushion. This actually worked well, because it provided her with a bit of a “boost,” up to the counter. The under-counter purse hooks were a nice touch. I really like spaces that offer ladies a “purse stool,” or similar, to keep their belongings off of the floor. Usually, my wife brings a “purse-hook” that mounts on the table, but did not have it for this trip. Besides, it would have been unnecessary at L’Atelier, as they had already taken care of this little extra.

                            When we had arrived, the restaurant was only about ⅓ full. Remember that we were dining very early, especially by UK standards. There might have been music in the background, but I did not notice. With the rather hard surfaces, I worried about the volume level, when the crowds arrived. I did not notice anyone else, when the spot filled completely. I do not know how the noise level was modulated, but it was. Even the working kitchen did not overwhelm us with the clatter of pots and pans. Noise levels in restaurants are a pet peeve of mine, but L’Atelier did not come close to offending me. I could converse with our server, Judy, and with my wife. Joël Robuchon must use “noise cancelling” signals, or something, as the place should have been a lot louder, than it was – just perfect! I do not need high db-levels to convince me that I am having fun, or that I’m in a “happening” place. The food and décor speak instead and L’Atelier’s certainly did.

                            Our meals began with L’Amuse-Bouche, which was a little custard, topped with Caviar. With this, we were presented with a glass of Champagne. I should make note here, that I did not manage to write down each wine-course. The “table area” at the counter is smallish, and things were so well orchestrated, that we just sat back and enjoyed the courses, and the wines. Each wine was presented, so I did get to study the labels. I just did not make notes.

                            Our next course was La Courgette (Courgette velouté, tiger prawns and golden croutons). The “velvety pumpkin” was wonderful with the prawns being quite tender. I find that too many dishes featuring Tiger Prawns, have tough, over-cooked prawns, but not this dish.

                            This was followed by Le Tourteau (crabmeat in tomato jelly and avocado). Wonderful, simply wonderful.

                            Then we were presented with the L’œuf (egg cocotte topped with light wild mushroom cream). As with all of our previous wine-courses, this was served with a white. Considering the mushroom cream, I might have gone with a red Burg here, but the pairing worked, so we were both pleased.

                            Next came Le Foie Gras Chaud (hot foie gras with tender apples and apricots, rosemary chicory and Sichuan pepper). I have to admit that I am a foie gras pushover. I am more a fan of “seared,” than pâté and mousse, but this was like velvet. Maybe Chef Robuchon should have added “velouté” to the description, but he HAD already used it earlier. Here, the sommelier went with a Muscat, that worked perfectly.

                            For the next dish, my wife got a substitution. I had La Noix de Saint-Jacques (scallop cooked in its shell with seaweed butter), and my wife was served a tempura langostino with an aïoli. The presentation of her dish was almost worth the cost. The prawn was perched on a spear, a bisected crescent. She hated to eat it, because of its simple beauty. (Note: we had this same dish at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, USA, several weeks later, except that it was paired with a basil pesto and was not quite so beautiful.) We were back to dry whites, and the Muscat did not adversely affect their flavors, even with its residual sugar and full-body. I really enjoyed my scallop, though could not really pick up any definitive taste in the seaweed butter. It was great, just much more subtle, than I expected. Unfortunately, my poor wife could only look at my scallop with envy, though not too much, as she was busy studying her prawn. At least I got to taste it, as well. What a wonderful and sharing wife I have!

                            For our “mains,” we did one each: La Caille (free-range quail stuffed with foie gras and truffled mashed potatoes) and L’Agneau (lamb cutlets with fresh thyme). Both were very good and neither of us minded more foie gras. Neither had appointments with our respective Drs for our physicals, upon return to the US. Even with the foie gras, I gave the nod to the lamb of these two. The quail was moist and tasty, but was a bit tougher to eat. Also, I am more of a lamb fan, than a quail fan. Still, both dishes disappeared quickly.

                            The first “dessert” course was Papaye et Banane (papaya and banana compote, blackberry jelly and cheesecake ice cream). This was not as sweet, as the menu made it sound, and I was very pleased with that.

                            For the second “dessert” course, my wife got Le Chocolat Sensation (Araguani chocolate, white chocolate ice cream and Oreo cookie crumbs). I bargained for a mini-cheese-course, as the Papaye et Banane was enough sweet for me. Though the counter space was limited, we both had managed to hold on to many of our wines. I know that other diners were probably wondering what the heck we were about, as we had to move the glasses about to accommodate the servers’ reaching over the back of the counter to serve and bus our area. Still, I was glad to have all these wines, to go with the cheeses. I also added a glass of Dow ‘85 Vintage Port. Wife even held off on coffee, as she’s been served “regular,” when she ordered decaf, on all too many occasions, and she needed a good night’s sleep, prior to our return flight.

                            I cannot praise the chefs, the servers and all of the staff enough. The evening was very close to perfect. So good, in fact, that we immediately booked a night at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, for an upcoming trip.

                            With the wines, and a few minor substitutions, plus the Port and gratuities, the bill came to several hundred £s. I increased the gratuities a bit, over what was already charged, as we had excellent service. Even with the disparity between the £ and the US $, I would dine there again, as it was a great “value.” Other than not being able to apply the cost to an expense account, I had no complaints.

                            We had planned on walking back to our flat, but the rain had picked up, so we availed ourselves of a cab, instead. So much for a much needed walk back, after a wonderful meal.

                            Review of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, will be posted to CH in a day, or so. There were many similarities, and some differences. It, too, was a wonderful dining experience.

                    2. Ate on July 9th pre theater before seeing Priscilla....went at 5:30 and were the first people to arrive...we were seated at the corner bar table...Met Alicia who was goping to help us...she had a French accent that was tough on our American ears at first but we grew to love it and her throughout dinner....we were presented both the pre-theater and regular menus and ardered cosmos and champagne ( which were all brought to us with flair and fun from Alicia and the wine steward who was from Hungary) ....The three of us all ordered the same thing off the ptm...salmon for an app and The battered fish...we ordered two glasses of teh Sancerre....The salmon was serve din a bowl with fennel creme topped with sliced Gravlax and fused togeter with a gelatin substance....very delicious except one of our diners does not care for gelatin textures and we were not keen enough to deduce that from teh menu description....no problem as a manager passed by and quickly asked why we had not touched one portion and quickly swapped it out for some summer soup, chilled melon soup with a hint ofr mint and a few surprises inside..... time for the main and a rectangular plate arrived with five sticks of sesame battered fried fish , a round eight ounce glass filled with summer greans and teh sweetest cherry tomatoes we have had all summer, and a small cup of yellow mustard based sauce that was connected back to teh fish by an artistic swoop brush across the rectangular plate......excellent presnetationa ndteh food was delicious....WE noticed a large ham leg on teh counter and upon inquiring, the head chef came over from behind teh bar with a plate of aged ham that was smoky sweet describing teh Basque region teh ham was raise din and accepting our thanks with grace and flair...cheese plate of blue finished our meal with the exception of a trio of pastries given to us with our bill and coffee.....This is an exceptionally fun and exciting restaurant that is highly entertaining...we visited teh three upstairs floors and saw the black and white tiled fromal restaurant and the small bar on the third floor with smoking patio...

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                      1. re: carlylecat

                        Thank you for taking the time to comment.

                        We thought that all aspects were very good, and well worth the price, even with the exchange rate being so lop-sided then. As we followed with a trip to the Las Vegas location within a week, or so, we got to compare. Both were good, and each got a few little points better than the other. In the end, it was really too close to call for us, and we would return to either.

                        Thanks,

                        Hunt