The Joël Robuchon International group has announced it will be relaunching its Mayfair restaurant as L’Atelier Robuchon London on Friday 15th September. The restaurant will be a counterpart to the starred international L’Ateliers; Hong Kong***, Miami**, Taipei**, Las Vegas* and Geneva*.
The relaunch is spearheaded by Executive Chef Andrea Cofini who joined the Robuchon brand in 2014,serving at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon** in Paris and more recently, Robuchon Shanghai**. Cofini has worked alongside Group Executive Chef David Alves to ensure L’Atelier Robuchon London adheres to the group’s incredibly high standards.
On the menu, L’Atelier Robuchon London will celebrate some of the legendary Robuchon classics, from the much-revered Purée de Pomme de Terre (often described as the best mashed potatoes in the world thanks to the 2:1 potato to butter ratio), the Sea Bream Carpaccio – simply dressed with lemon and chive, to Quail with Foie Gras, all made using the incredible supply chain the group gained its initial success with. Cofini’s influence is felt in the regularly-changing modern and elevated additions to the menu, bringing his experience working across the globe to create elegant plates with accents of Asian flavours.
For Robuchon, provenance and quality of ingredients is of the highest importance, and to this day, all of the restaurants world-wide still hold a loyalty to legacy suppliers that have a decades long relationship with the brand.
The restaurant will see the return of the much-loved dessert trolley; a sleek, marble-topped display ofhe best sweet treats from the kitchen including fresh á la minute Madeleines and expertly made patisserie classics. If one trolley wasn’t enough, L’Atelier will also boast a trolley dedicated to their exceptional cheese offering, with a daily-changing rotation showcasing the best of southern French and Italian cheeses.
Guests will be welcomed into the grand elegance of L’Atelier with it’s newly created bar area at the entrance, which leads into the open restaurant area, seating 74 diners. To the left is the sweeping marble countertop which puts the chefs centre stage, a signature feature of all the original Joël Robuchon restaurants where the open kitchen format was pioneered. The colour palette harks back to the Covent Garden L’Atelier with red and black accents, modernised to suit the new location and audience. Soft scarlet seating and subtle warm lighting invites diners to enjoy L’Atelier Robuchon through day and night; from long lunches through to celebratory dinners and drinks in the bar alongside live music.
L’Atelier’s Head Sommelier Neomie Favrat has curated an exceptional wine list with strong French and old world elements to complement the classical flavours of the food. Her aim is to champion small family owned vineyards that produce some the best wines in the world. Her pride and joy is a Champagne list of almost exclusively small producers such as Chartogne-Taillet, Egly-Ouriet and Emmanuel Brochet, with guests having the option of up to 40 by-the-glass wines to sample, ranging from £9 to £195. L’Atelier will be one of the only restaurants in London serving Petrus on Coravin, an excellent opportunity to try this exceptional wine by the glass.
L’Atelier’s reincarnation is focusing on a stellar bar menu that incorporates elements from the kitchen and, for the first time, welcomes guests to the bar area to enjoy a newly launched programme of live music well into the evening. The plush new bar area towards the entrance of L’Atelier invites guests for a more relaxed drink, accompanied by food if desired, but always with the perfect service which goes as standard with all Robuchon restaurants. Heading up the drinks offering is Renaud De Bosredon Combrailles who most recently ran Louie in Covent Garden, coincidentally on the site of the original L’Atelier Robuchon. Renaud has created an outstanding and considered menu of cocktails, with flavours including tomato and basil infused Campari, hay sake and a vodka infused with pastry from Robuchon’s Boulangerie in Acton. Key to the list will be non-alcoholic options that meet the high standards of the list as a whole.
To create a distinct night-time offering, L’Atelier will showcase a changing roster of DJs and live musicians to provide the perfect backdrop for the new bar area.The bar at L’Atelier will be open until midnight Monday to Saturday and 11:30pm on Sunday, serving Mayfair locals and London residents excellent drinks in a cosy and atmospheric lounge area.
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