L’atelier de Joël Robuchon
Central, Hong Kong
Joël Robuchon has the most Michelin stars of any chef.
On that note this blog will read as more of a fluff piece rather than a blog because everything was that good.
I walked in to a red and black dimly lit room; it was quiet, a touch of background music, the call of orders and the sounds of pots and pans. The décor, unlike anything I’ve seen, the best word I can use to describe it was an elegantly refined industrial like style.
After ordering (the whole menu was so appealing it took me about 15 minutes to settle on anything) I was given a whole bread basket with mini loaves, two types of baguettes, two types of croissants, three types of sourdough and a couple of dinner rolls, all this along with a foie Gras amuse bouche.
I decided to match my three courses and was promptly given the wine list. It was so thick it could’ve stopped bullets.
I settled with whatever the Sommelier suggested, they usually know best.
Just after deciding on wine my first course came out, the surprise Caviar box.
It was a tin of caviar layered over a type of jelly, covering seasoned lobster meat. Exquisite flavours swirled all around; sweet, salty with a luscious texture
Second out was the Scampi Ravioli, served with foie gras and truffle sauce. The serving was refined and calculated; The Truffle and foie sauce was intense and bold but still allowed the scampi to be the star of the dish. It was a pleasure to eat, singlehandedly the best pasta I’ve had.
Lastly, I ordered the kobayashi beef burgers. While it was a burger I was expecting big things, kobayashi beef and foie Gras together in brioche, so many amazing things how could it be less than phenomenal.
They came out and It didn’t disappoint; perfectly cooked and seasoned beef and rich foie melting in the mouth. There was one flaw however, the capsicum and “sweet and sour” relish or sauce on the bun did not go in my opinion; certainty not what I was expecting but wasn’t enough to bring the burger or the experience down at all.
Dining at L’atelier de Joël Robuchon (who I casually met as he walked around the restaurant) is an experience and something you need to do at least once in your lifetime.