If there is a “traditional” restaurant where I enjoy going to regularly, it has to be Atelier by Joël Robuchon. The chef has now put down roots in history, but his restaurants still keep up with the times!
The two Parisian restaurants, Atelier Etoile, located in the 8th direct (1 star) and Atelier Saint-Germain by Joël Robuchon (2 stars), offer a modern, elegant and refined decor, but is never ostentatious. It doesn’t surpass the dishes, but is present as a witness.
According to me, it’s the best French gastronomy, which is revisited but executed in a great manner. When it comes to the aesthetic side of the dishes, there is no exception. The dishes are signed Bernardaud, they are chosen with great care, to tell the tale of each meal.
The concept of these Ateliers is to eat on the counter “around the kitchen”, which makes the experience all the more entertaining and warmer. This gastronomic show is a feast which revolves around the symphony of flavors, which are carefully prepared, before our eyes.
Let’s talk about the menu!
An enriching menu with about sixty references, the best and the most gourmet ones. The wisest option is to order little portions and share through the Degustation menu, the black cod, burger, scampi, king crab, egg, bar ceviche…. everything is delicious at the Atelier, not to mention exquisite!
But if you feel like sharing a dish, suckling lamb chops are delicious, and you’ll be enchanted by the smoothness of the famous mash!
As for the desserts, the title of the menu explains it well, known as the “grand finale”!
Whether it’s peach in a crunchy haven, chocolate temptation, coconut and its crystalized juice at -200°C, or even the sudachi froth in its fine shell. It is definitely an explosion of flavors!
One also appreciates the choice of seasonal and local market products! The chefs Axel Manes / Attilio Marrazzo ( Atelier Saint-Germain) and Éric Bouchenoire / Thierry Karakachian (Atelier Étoile) hold all the cards in their hands, to make these two best Ateliers, long lasting!
L’Atelier Étoile de Joël Robuchon
Publicis Drugstore 133 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris
L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon
Hôtel du Pont Royal, 5 Rue de Montalembert, 75007 Paris