A few weeks ago, I had the fun and delicious experience of trying the tasting menu at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. I had heard many good things about this place, and Chef Robuchon has restaurants in London, Paris and Las Vegas, in addition to the NYC location. Tasting menus are my absolute favorite way of dining. Multiple courses of one or two bites that distill the very best of flavors and textures – and by the end of the meal, you are surprisingly stuffed. As with my tasting menu experience at Per Se, there’s not much more I can add in my commentary except that this meal was thoroughly enjoyable – I will let the restaurant menu descriptions stand for themselves!
The tasting menu at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon was officially ten courses, including coffee or tea:
Of course, unofficially, we had a few more small courses here and there – I love those little surprises! Here we have an amuse bouche of fois gras mousse:
We then moved onto the first course – “Panna cotta” of cauliflower with sea urchin and lettuce coulis. I love sea urchin!
The second course was hamachi sashimi with minty guacamole and citrus dressing (first picture), followed by green asparagus veloute with lobster and cashew nuts:
Next – a gruyere cheese souffle and julienne of Iberico and black truffle. Even my eating buddy, who is not a cheese fan (gasp!), enjoyed this:
The next course combined carbs with fois gras – genius! Below is my ravioli of foie gras and eringi mushroom with bitter salad:
The seared sea bass with lightly sauteed vegetables, jalapeno and cilantro was perfectly crispy on the outside and delicate and flaky inside:
For my entree selection, I chose the Long Island caramelized duck breast with candied nuts and salsify confit:
I especially appreciated the cutlery provided at t L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon – do you see how the knife handle is shaped for easier use? I wish I had these knives!
The savory selections complete, we then moved onto dessert – a multi-course affair! My first dessert was passion fruit cream with raspberry granite and Champagne silk:
Accompanied by the strongest, richest coffee I’ve had in a while:
As it was around Valentine’s weekend, the restaurant also treated us to a bonus (!!!) dessert – marscapone cheesecake!
And my final dessert that evening – chocolate custard, almond blanc-mange, and milk ice cream:
And to make the bill a little less painful – we ended the meal with these super-cute fruity candies. Merci!
The tasting menu at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon is definitely not an everyday option (though I wish it were!), but I highly recommend it for special occasions. The food was fantastic and no detail was spared. The service was impeccable and gracious. My one wish was that the tables were further apart – I could clearly hear every word of neighboring tables’ conversations. That one downside wouldn’t keep me from going back though!
Perfect tasting menu for a special occasion.
The Four Seasons Hotel in New York
57 East 57th St. (@Madison Ave.)
What has been you most memorable special occasion meal?