Monday, March 12, 2012

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon @ The Landmark, Hong Kong

Cuisine: French
Visited: 7 January 2012
Price: HKD800 per person without alcohol (what I paid for)
Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Value for money: 6/10
Services: 7/10

Indeed it has been long, almost 3 months since my last review; whatever excuse I may have, busy with daily work blah blah blah, please kindly accept.  Any let's start a new episode of food adventure.

Not long after new year, I had a chance to visit Hong Kong and surely did make my way to the famous L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon which is situated on 4th floor of The Landmark.  This place is charming indeed.  The cool decor with red but lively tone in dark setting.  Bar seating is the core style of this place but if you prefer private table, it is available for you.  As you may probably know that this is a 3 Michelin Stars restaurant, we were surprised that price is kept at reasonable level.

We did try the dinner menu which is a 4-course set.  You can also go for 8-course menu if you want to taste more fabulous dishes.  What really great about this place is wine list from my perspective, there are something like 3,000 choices for you: wine from every part of the world, some even come with reasonable mark up such as Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 at HKD845 while high street price is around HKD750 or Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Champans 1er Cru 2005 for HKD1,600 a bottle vs. HKD1,100 for high street price or Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon 2007 for HKD1,300 vs. HKD1,000 in retail shops.

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon @ The Landmark, Hong Kong

The Entrance

The Unique Bar Seat Style

Before mentioning about food, I must admit that services here are pretty good.  Politeness, friendliness and great recommendation, all are there.  Perhaps, if they do not make things too hurry, it would be even better (but it is Hong Kong though).

Basket of breads here came stylishly and it was never empty.  Delicious choices of bread were all there and with good butter, I could just survive with that.  For L'Amuse Bouche, it was Foam of Parmesan, it was great and drooling.  In fact, if I recall it correctly, I had had something like this elsewhere before.  But never mind, it was nice anyway.

Never Empty Basket of Breads

L'Amuse Bouche of Parmesan Foam

The soup dish was Foie Gras Rolls with Beef Jelly on Sweet Corn Veloute (10/10). This was surely by far the best corn soup I have ever tried.  Smooth touch, creamy but light feeling in the mouth.  Foie gras did also match amazingly with the soup.  The only negative point was, there was too little T___T.

Foie Gras Rolls with Beef Jelly on Sweet Corn Veloute

The appetiser was Sea Scallops with Leeks and Salsifies, Creamy Horseradish Sauce (8/10).  Oh.....did you just say you do not like leeks, forget what you just say or think.  These sea scallops was great, light to taste and charming.  Really fresh half-cooked scallop with horseradish sauce that covered unpleasant scent of leeks that you may dislike.

Sea Scallops with Leeks and Salsifles, Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Main course was Braised Veal Cheek with Spinach Gnocchi (8/10).  Ok, I love this dish.  Tender piece of veal, oh no, it melted in the mouth.  All I can say here is, go get a glass of good red wine and just enjoy this dish.

Braised Veal Cheek with Spinach Gnocchi

Dessert was also lovely for the night.  Chestnut Mousse with Meringue and Cognac Ice-cream (8/10) was delightful.  All were lovely with creamy touch, not so sweet but maintained its elegant.  At the time of dessert and petit fours being served, I was already full.  4-course menu is surely enough for me.  Anyway, I would like to recommend this place to anyone who somehow are reading this blog.  Personally, a revisit is compulsory when I am next in Hong Kong.  Now "Bon Appetit et Au Revoir".

Chestnut Mousse with Meringue and Cognac Ice-cream

Petit Fours

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon @ The Landmark, Hong Kong
Floor 4 The Landmark
15 Queen's Road
Hong Kong

Open Hours: Daily 12:00 - 14:00 for lunch and 18:30 - 22:30 for dinner
Tel: +852 (0) 2166 9000
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