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My first time at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon... and other high end places I've been to that I remember about--- long

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I am lazy and I only write reviews when it's REALLY good or horribly bad.
Went to L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon tonight and I was pleasantly impressed. I know I am pretty critical of food and I don't get satisfied easily.

First food:

They offer three kinds of bread: Sour Dough, Baguette and focaccia.
I only had the focaccia and had a bite of the baguette from my friend's. They are OK, fresh,but nothing out of the world.

The amuse-bouche is some yummy goodie in a little glass, chilled and refreshing. Sorry I forgot the ingredients. It happens when the food is too yummy !

We ordered six courses in total and they are:
1. Crab Meat with Avocado Cream and Tomato Powder.
It comes in a pretty egg shaped bowl, again chilled, light with a very clean taste, a lot of interesting flavors going on when you mix all the stuff in that little jar.

2. Zucchini Scented with Curry, Mozzarella, Ham and Seasonal Vegetables.
I wouldn't have ordered that myself because I don't eat pork usually. Wow, yes, the presentation is beautiful and the taste did impress me.

3.Pressed Duck Foie Gras, Toasted Bread.
I like foie gras and have tired a lot of them. The plate doesn't look as pretty as other dishes, but the flavor is among the best I've ever had. It comes with two thinly sliced cheese and two pieces of radishes. Quite different from the usual garnish.

4. Tomato Gazpacho with Croûtons
I am not a big soup person in general... I tasted it and found the croutons are too salty, but I liked the texture of it, smoothy but not too creamy.

5. Sautéed Amadai in a Yuzu Broth and Lotus Root.
I knew it's white fish( I don't like white fish usually) and thought I'd give it a try. Unfortunately it didn't winmy heart. My friend thought it'd good.

6. Rotisserie of the day --- Chicken
I am not a big chicken fan either ... so I can be biased. Again my friend liked it.

They brought some potato puree with the last two dishes. I have to say they are the most buttery potatoes I've ever had. I told my friend the ratio between butter and potato is 1 :1. Aha...

Pre dessert is yummy too ...

For dessert, we had Le Soufflé – Hudson Baby Bourbon Soufflé, Salted Caramel Ice Cream.
It's just ok to my taste, at least it's not overly sweet. I love chocolate souffle, but not other versions I guess. I've had the famed souffle from La Grenouille and found it's way too sweet. One reason we ordered it because I wanted to try their salted caremel ice cream. I had the sundae with salted caramel ice cream ( I don't even like caramel) from ABC kitchen the other day and it's dangerously tasty( ignoring the pop corns ) !

They also brought us a plate of mixed cheese cakes with a candle on in the end because it's my friend's birthday dinner. Sweet !

Then service :
Not pretentious at all. Unlike a lot of other high end places, people there are more laid back without an attitude. My friend's cocktail was too strong and they offered another one, but we said it's ok to dilute it. I was told It would take a while to get my fresh squeezed juice, like 20 or 30 minutes.I got it around the 3rd dish. Not a big deal !

Ambiance:
it's intimate and cozy. Not the best place if you want to have a lot of privacy because the tables are pretty close to each other. i liked it !

P.S. The last restaurant which impressed me was Megu downtown many years ago. My favorite dishes are CHILLED edamame soup and silver cod in green sauce ( the restaurant discontinued it a while ago). Their soft shell crab in curry sauce is also one of my favorites( but it's seasonal). Now they have another silver cod on the menu, not as good as the original one. Unfortunately overall the food there is not as good as it was before.

I barely remembered the food I had at Per Se except the cute stool they had for my purse. A good touch... Oh, the waiter also took some fruit out of the kitchen because I didn't know how it looked like.

Had the most amazing piece of melon at Masa as dessert... Gee, I wanted more.

I know you guys like EMP. Sorry, I wasn't thrilled.

Also tried Adour Alain Ducasse at The St. Regis, very stuffy and didn't like it too much.

Gordan Ramsay's place didn't impress me either...

I was trying to remember more about other restaurants on my Open Table booking history...

Anyway, my point is L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is GOOD !

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
57 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Megu
62 Thomas Street, New York, NY 10013

Adour Alain Ducasse
2 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Masa
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

 
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  1. great review! I think the potato puree is a signature dish of his. You make me want to go!

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    1. re: pizzajunkie

      Thanks!
      Ask for the special menu, two courses for $45, three courses for $65 (that's what I had, just food, dessert was ordered separately) and three for $80 (?) if you get there between 6pm and 7:30pm.
      The crab meat is tiny, but the fish and chicken are not ...
      Enjoy !