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Jan 3, 2013 10:47 AM

Joel Robuchon Restaurant or L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon?

I'm trying to decide between lunch at Joel Robuchon Restaurant or L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon while in Tokyo this month. We've always wanted to dine at Robuchon restaurant just to see if it's worth the hype, but most of the locations are in cities we seldom visit.

We've made reservations at Joel Robuchon Restaurant but are having second thoughts now. It seems that the Restaurant has better reviews on CH and other sites, as well as the extra Michelin Star, but it's also more much expensive and seems to be more formal as well. We'll be packing very light on this trip and I'd really like to avoid having to bring more formal clothes just for the one meal, whereas L'Atelier seems more casual.

Any recommendations from Chowhounders? Is Joel Robuchon Restaurant worth the extra money and inconvenience, or does L'Atelier hold its own?


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  1. Don't forget La Table which is in-between the main Joel Robuchon and L'Atelier in terms of sophistication.

    From my experience at the three restaurants, food wise, they all share some dishes, but Joel Robuchon goes higher with ingredients and preparation with their dinner tasting menus. If you want the best in the world of Robuchon, you'll find it only at the main restaurant.

    Comparing similar and less expensive menus, you'll still pay more at Joel Robuchon, but not much.

    Of course, L'Atelier is much more casual. Last month I had lunch there dressed in jeans and t-shirt. La Table is more sophisticated, but still relaxed enough. Joel Robuchon is, of course, very formal.

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    1. re: babreu

      Thanks, babreau. We considered La Table but the set lunch menu seems very pork heavy and my friend doesn't eat pork. It sounds like Joel Robuchon will be worth the extra expense and inconvenience; having "the best in the world of Robuchon" is what we're after. Thanks for the advice.