L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Le Jardin) – Hong Kong, China
Rating: 1 (not edible) to 5 (food heaven!): A Solid 5
I am a huge fan of this man… had the luxury of gorging at his namesake restaurant at the MGM in Las Vegas, Joel Robuchon. I am usually skeptical of tasting menus… because I feel like it’s not innovative, more like what their “hits” were at their high point and now just a norm on their menu. However at MGM – it was definitely a MUST for the tasting menu.
Here at L’atelier de Robuchon – we did the “a la carte”… because our friends highly recommended a few must haves and felt it was a much better choice to splurge on a 3 course meal than the tasting menu; total bill $7722 HKD, roughly about $950 USD? Not bad for a party of 4.
We had excellent starters, the amazing King Crab salad and the Lobster salad, the beautifully sashimi Langoustines with Uni and finally the Foie Gras terrains – it was gorgeously presented and the balance of each texture was stimulating to ones palate. We shared the starters and it was a good choice.
The entrees – we went for the Guinea Fowl that comes with a giant piece of Foie Gras & baby fingerling potatoes… it serves 2 (technically it really serves 3! You have the whole chicken and it was served 2 sets, Chicken breast (white meat) and then the Thighs/Legs (dark meat). It was so rich, robust with flavors and amazingly good – I wish I had an extra stomach! Good thing we shared with our dining partners! We also have the Uni Spaghetti w/ egg white foam; which was too rich for one sitting (said friend) and the delicious fried sweetbreads & seasonal veggies.
Desserts – we chose the HK “Dai Pa Dong” Milk Tea – it’s said to take over 20 mins to brew! We also got the cappuccinos, which came with a lovely coffee art of their name (cheeky!) and the deconstructed banana cream pie which came in a dome! Fantastic! And of course their delicious signature soufflés (chocolate & vanilla)!
It was an epic meal! Cannot wait to return, hopefully in a year. Highly recommend to anyone traveling to HK and looking to enjoy some fine dining! #splurgeworthy
PS: the Guinea Fowl is like a free range chicken (less fatty) – takes a long time to cook so be prepared for the wait. Also I would swap out the Foie Gras Terrains – not as good as other Michelin competitors like Eleven Madison Park.
Happy travels! #HappyFoodHunting!