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L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon – Paris – 1 Michelin Star

October 5th, 2008 · No Comments

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First of all – although the guide book and apparently many magazines had written no reservations, they actually accept reservations for the dinner service but only the first seating at 6:30pm.  I think they also accept reservations for certain times as lunch at well and it would be worthwhile to call for the exact times.  Given that they only accept reservations for a short period of time for an approximately 40-seat bar (2 bars in separate rooms separated by the central open kitchen), it is no surprise that the first seating was fully booked to the chagrin of many customers who were waiting outside the doors before the restaurant opened.  It actually seemed that the best time may be to show up at around 9pm when most people were finishing up the first seating.

It is worth it to wait for this food.  Be warned – the seating is bar only and you are quite close to your fellow companions.  We quite enjoyed it but if you don’t like close quarters or a romantic dinner is planned, this may not be the place for you.  The food was all excellent.  Favorites – the caille (quail) with truffled potatoes (we have never tasted meat like that from any animal and the potatoes are amazing), pigeon wrapped in foie gras (a delicious chunk of meat in a foie gras/bacon wrap – a combination which just can’t help being delicious), le merlan (a generous portion of perfectly cooked fish with herbed butter), and the perfectly grilled foie gras.

There is a tasting menu. But at the suggestion of the diner next to us, one of us did the tasting menu while the other went a la carte (something which you can’t normally do at most restaurants) – so we could try a greater variety of dishes.  I ended up ordering 3 appetizers (warning – appetizers are quite small in size), a main and 1 dessert.

An amazing meal. Would eat here again to do the tasting menu.

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
5, rue de Montalembert (corner of rue du Bac)
Paris 7th arrondissement
Telephone: + (33) 1.42.22.56.56
Hours: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm – 12 midnight, 365 days/year

Reservation possible for the first service from 11:30am to 12:30pm and from 2pm to 3:30pm and for dinner at 6:30 pm only.

Cost: appetizers 10-20 Euros (small portions – you could make a meal out of a 3-4 of them), mains 30-60 euros

Information:
Non-smoking restaurant.
Valet parking.
Car park Montalembert nearby.
Dogs are allowed.


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Tags: Favorites · France · French · Michelin starred · Paris

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