It had been a very very busy week, but there was one thing getting me through – a very generous invite for a meal at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon with Lawrence’s Dad.
We found our way upstairs through the low lit corridor and then were welcomed with the glorious menu. They suggest 2 small plates and one large plate per person. This was just right plus a dessert course at the end (of course).
Lawrence and I were spoilt rotten as we were treated to the accompanying wines for every course.
To start I had the glorious ‘Iberian’ ham with toasted tomato bread, which was accompanied with a divine glass of port.
Next up was Scallops, which were lovely, garlicky and very tender – perfectly cooked.
Lawrence had the crabmeat with slightly sour guacamole. Beautiful meat presented in a very elegant manner.
Then he moved onto the Warm Cheese soufflé with green asparagus veloute – moist with strong flavours which are often hard to get with a soufflé.
The star of the small dishes was Mike’s amazing langoustine ravioli. Unfortunately as always with good food you just never get enough of it, but boy was it good!
On to the mains, first up were the juicy veal gyozas (although I have to admit I had forgotten what meat was in them at this point!).
Lawrence had the John Dory fish which was as good as fish gets but probably not the best dish of the three.
Again I think Mike may have won with his wonderfully cooked Lamb shanks and creamy mash. Sounds so simple, but oh so heavenly.
They also have a good terrace bar up the top, with excellent cocktails – nice hidden place to pre-drink before your meal in Summer.
If you are lucky enough to go we would definitely recommend the food, thank you Archers for treating us!