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.

L'Atelier_de_Joël_Robuchon

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).

Cheese Course
Cheese 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.

Iberian Ham
Iberian Ham

Next up was Scallops, which were lovely, garlicky and very tender – perfectly cooked.

Scallops
Scallops

Lawrence had the crabmeat with slightly sour guacamole. Beautiful meat presented in a very elegant manner.

L'Atelier Crabmeat
L’Atelier Crabmeat

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.

Cheese Souffle
Cheese Souffle

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!

Langoustine Ravioli
Langoustine Ravioli

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!).

Veal Gyozas
Veal Gyozas

Lawrence had the John Dory fish which was as good as fish gets but probably not the best dish of the three.

John Dory
John Dory

Again I think Mike may have won with his wonderfully cooked Lamb shanks and creamy mash. Sounds so simple, but oh so heavenly.

Lamb Shanks
Lamb Shanks

 

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!

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