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In a word….WOW
Ate here about 3 years ago and it was good, however last week returned and it was maybe meal of the year so far.
Sat at the bar and had 8 courses between 2 of us with matching wines and nothing failed to hit the spot.
Butter was the best I have had in London (although the Boundary in Shoreditch is a close second) and the amouse with Parmesan and popcorn was beautiful.
Starter highlight was the poached egg with Bayonne ham, and the quail main was stunning.
Service had that rare quality of being very professional yet they also could appear relaxed and able to share a joke or 2 (I hate the stiffness of so many high end restaurants).
And to top it all I felt it was very good value for money, for what we ate and drank.
Cannot wait to return...
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Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
Sunday, August 10, 2014
We chose L'atelier for its pre-theatre menu and were not disappointed!!!!!! This restaurant is a real gem. We were seated downstairs at the 'bar' which surrounds the kitchen. L'atelier is simply yet beautifully decked out in red and black.
The service is highly professional, friendly yet discreet, the staff knowledgible and enthusiastic.
We began with an amuse bouche of fois gras,port reduction and parmesan foam being encouraged to try a little of each layer together WOW! This was absolutely incredible - a real explosion of flavours.
My starter was white asparagus salad, iberian ham and quails egg with a nut dressing - totally delicious, my other half had the egg and mushroom concoction with mushroom foam served with soldiers, this dish was pure joy a taste of heaven.
Mains were Cod with a boulliabase sauce - this was sensationaI could have eaten more - not that the portions weren't generous enough but because it was just so delicious. The lamb confit on white beans has turned me a dedicated lamb hater into a convert I would have merrily wolfed the lot if my husband hadn't hurriedly grabbed back his plate!
Dessert for me was the pear and chocolate creation which was beyond compare, rich chocolate, pear bavarois and sorbet! Hubby chose the cheeses which again he had to guard to stop me demolishing! We finished with coffees on the terrace followed by a walk to the theatre (a much needed walk indeed)
The whole experience at L'atelier was exceptional, absolutely wonderful and I cannot wait to return. I love good food and was not disappointed in any way at all. A real ten out of ten visit - I can appreciate how it was given its 2 michelin stars. I
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Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Monday, April 02, 2012
I can not believe for one minute that this is a two star michelin restaurant.
We had reasonable expectations, having had the good fortune to dine at some of the worlds finest restaurants during our 18 year gastronomic affair.
We were seated at the bar overlooking the kitchen on the ground floor, we had booked a table for 5.30 hoping to enjoy a fabulous dinner before the theatre. i decided to go al carte and chose the langoustine fritters followed by the Scallops on Fregola with Black Truffle from the Perigord....and? At £47 for the starter and £34 for the main i waited with great anticipation as to what i would be served. I can only describe the starter as outrageous! nothing more than four (rather tiny) langoustine individually wrapped in wonton wrappers with a bit of basil and chilli deep fried with a basil Pistou which was over oily and lacked flavour. Oh and two deep fried basil leaves, all came confusingly constructed by cocktail sticks which made the whole thing difficult to eat and highlighted the pools of oil on the plate. I muddled my way through thoroughly disappointed. I wondered were the skill was in making this dish, after all isn't that part of what i am paying for?
The second course arrived and looked promising four scallops nicely presented with what looked like black truffle on them. I have to say that i am rather a truffle queen, i absolutely love them, so after my first mouthful i could not believe there was no truffle flavour. Is it me have i missed something? I tried the second one and no nothing not an iota of truffle flavour at all. I called the waitress and said, "these scallops have no truffle flavour at all", "yes madam look there is the black truffle it is with onion compote". "It very well may be but it tastes nothing like it", "i am sorry i don't want it", "you want to send it back"? Yes i do! "Would madame like to try something else on the menu"? No not really, "how about the Egg Cocotte it is a speciality, it is a very lovely dish" Oh ok i am actually still quite hungry and after all, i am here to eat. The Egg Cocotte came served in a martini glass it was a lightly cooked egg in a mushroom froth with bits of mushroom. The chef had purposely added large shavings of black truffle on top, at this point I felt only to make a point, "you have to eat it all together" said the waiter "you will get all the flavour then" he handed me a rather odd shaped spoon and i did what he suggested. What i got was a rather weak flavoured mushroom soup with barely cooked egg and bits of fake truffle which did nothing other that get stuck in my teeth! I pushed it away, a rather awkward looking waitress removed it and promptly asked if we would like to see the dessert menu, NO thank you! "tea or coffee madame "NO". The bill came to £155, my husband had the scottish Salmon with cucumber and wasabi cream, which he said was ok although lacked wasabi flavour, followed by the John dory with orange sauce again edible although quite sweet.
I was not charged for the scallops but the Egg Cocotte was billed at £11 and we were given a tube of chocolates each for the inconvenience and a business card by "The manager" i am guessing, who said "next time you visit ask for me i will look after you" I suggest you make a massive improvement to the food in this restaurant and concentrate on looking after the guests that visit you once cause if they have any sense they will not be back!!
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Food 1 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Two of us ate lunch here as part of a special offer - 2 courses with wines for £32 each. We were seated downstairs which is the more casual dining option with high tables and chairs. We were placed at the counter which was great as we could see into the kitchen.
If I was paying full price, I'd want to be in the first floor restaurant with more comfortable seating.
The food was good, portions small but that encourages you to eat slowly and savour things. It was all competent - the quail was rich and full of flavour but Dr C felt his fish was a bit like hospital food: bland although revived with an interesting 'smear' of honey-based sauce.
The highlight was the dessert - a selection of tarts including cinnamon, lemon and pear & caramel - a great way to sample all the the different flavours.
As you'd expect, the cooking and service is competent and coffee in the top floor bar was a nice finish. I'm not sure we'd return however. The prices are very high [one starter on the a la carte was £37 - admittedly it did include caviar - average is £25 for starters, £40 for mains] and there are other places in London which do food this good for slightly less and with better ambiance.
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Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6
Sunday, December 11, 2011