Last March I found out my 3 young cousins were going to be in Hong Kong at the same time as I was. I told Elizabeth about it and she said we had to bring them to Robuchon, the #1 restaurant in Asia (2009/2010) according to The Miele Guide. It would be a once in a lifetime experience for them specially for Jay, a budding gourmand.
The other times I ate at Robuchon were in the main dining room where they had a different menu and was more expensive. This was my first time to eat at the bar. It was a different experience which I enjoyed.
We had the prixe fixe menu which included amuse bouche, appetizers, entree and dessert plus coffee and petit fours for HK$390. It was a great deal considering the amazing food and service. Dining at Robuchon is a must for visitors to Hong Kong looking for the best French cuisine.
I was so impressed with my 3 cousins. They made a conscious decision to order all different food so that they could all try many dishes. I definitely benefited from it too since I also tried their orders.
Jim, Jon, and Jay
This was the bread basket of Robuchon. They have the BEST bread I’ve ever eaten in any restaurant. They sell these breads in their small shop at the Landmark and they sell from HK$15-20 each for a small piece. I told my cousins to eat their fill of the yummy bread and so they did. One of the biggest advantages of sitting in the bar is getting the bread while it’s hot and lots and lots of quick refills.
Most of the bread were crusty. There was one with bacon in it, mini croissant, mini baguette, but my favorite was a round soft roll with a cheesy dough. It was so addicting.
The amuse bouche was a small quantity of cumin flavored carrot & mango soup with foie gras custard. What a yummy way to start lunch!
carrot soup w/ mango & foie gras egg custard
I had the foie gras terrine for starters. At this point I was already half full from the bread. The terrine was good and the portion was generous. I couldn’t finish it so Jay gladly finished it for me.
duck foie gras terrine w/ toasts
The J brothers ordered crabmeat veloute. They were quietly analyzing and enjoying every bite of it.
Alaskan king crabmeat w/ fennel veloute
I was in my “trying to eat healthy” phase so I ordered the salmon. It was just fabulous. The cut of the fish was thick but it was still perfectly cooked. The middle of the thickest past was slightly underdone that’s why the salmon was so moist and delicious. The rich delicate sauce was just perfect with the fish.
Scottish salmon fillet w/ white wine & butter sauce
They gave us a free dish of mashed potatoes. Or should I say butter with a little potatoes? This was the smoothest, richest, butter-iest, creamiest mashed potatoes we’ve ever tried. The first bite made me swoon, two bites and my heart was racing and on the third bite I could feel my arteries start to clog.
Elizabeth said the cod was the best fish she had ever eaten in her life. She kept raving about how good the sauce was.
cod fillet w/ eggplant & aromatic verjus
I didn’t get to try the risotto one of the J brothers ordered. It looked so creamy and I barely could distinguish the rice. They liked it though.
risotto w/ cheese & spring vegetables
I wanted to order the duck confit but I asked the waiter which he would recommend, the salmon or the duck. He said the duck confit was very rich so I ordered the salmon. That didn’t stop me from trying it though.
duck confit w/ mashed potatoes & Comte cheese
OMG! It was so, so decadent. Imagine super tasty, tender pieces of duck under rich butter mashed potatoes and topped with salty, strong Comte cheese. It was heavenly and deadly. I wish I ordered it. I’m glad I didn’t.
lychee sorbet w/ fresh grapefruit & Dita jelly
I had the strawberry compote with aged balsamic vinegar with mascarpone & honey ice cream. It was superb although I didn’t taste the aged balsamic vinegar. Maybe it blended so well with the fresh strawberries that I couldn’t discern it.
strawberry compote w/ aged balsamic
almond ice cream on a brownie & Gianduja cream
It was a fantastic lunch with great company. Everything was cooked perfectly. I’d love to go back again and again. Definitely 5 stars.
menu découverte l’ atelier, small tasting portions, appetizers & entrees
2 thoughts on “L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon with the J brothers”
hi! did you make reservations? And is there a big difference at the bar area from the main dining hall? Would they ask you where do you prefer? What would you recommend? Im planning to try it on my next hk visit.
Yes we made reservations. The bar area has a slightly cheaper set menu but it’s equally good and sometimes the choices are even better. I think the bar area is good enough!