Sunday, July 7, 2013

Day 1027: L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Yes there are outposts all over the world, but of the ones I have been to, there is no comparison - Paris' is the best. Period end of sentence.

Discreet from this street, upon entrance the small restaurant and bar area is mostly black with warm highlights and produce center pieces -- lettuces and peppers as sculptures. Well maybe not that simple but you get the point.

I had the pleasure of dining there on Monday for lunch - what a treat!

The menu is laid out where you can enjoy small French tapas but really they are French small plates or entrees or well both  or should you be feeling decadent, why not do the tasting menu?

So what did I have?

I started with the Aubergine Millefeuille. No this was not a layers of phylo dough here, this was a beautiful stack of eggplant, zucchini, oven roasted tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Sure this is a simple melange of ingredients that is not uncommonly found together but here it had the most elegant melt in your mouth quality - rustic and vegetal yet decadent and indulgent.

I then had their anchovies preparation served with roasted red peppers and onions on top of a bed of a melange of roasted yellow peppers and sautéed onions. This packed a fantastic punch! The fishy briney quality of the anchovies found its perfect complement in the round rustic sweetness of the pepper and onions.

Overall what a treat! It is always such a pleasure to dine here and I truly appreciate how the chef really takes simple everyday ingredients and combinations and truly elevates them to a new level of dining elegance.

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