Tokyo: L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

This is the sixth post on my eating adventures to Tokyo. All other posts can be found here

This was probably one of the easiest reservations for me to make, simply because it had an online reservation system in English. I had been meaning to have a taste of the genius that Joël Robuchon is for a very long time. However, the restaurant in Singapore is really expensive. Hence, when I found out how affordable the lunch menu at Joël Robuchon Tokyo was, I jumped at the opportunity. It was also a plus that the Tokyo restaurant has been awarded two michelin stars.
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If you wish to make a lunch reservation, the only available time is at 11.30am and only for counter seats! Following that, only walk-ins are possible. Luckily for me, there was a straight bus from my hotel to Roppongi Hills, hence no navigation issues and I was able to explore the complex before heading to lunch.
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I pondered between the daily tasting menu and the lunch menu. In the end, I opted for the 3 course lunch menu (4,200 yen).

We started with some amuse bouche and bread. The good thing about sitting at the counter is that you get to watch the chefs in action, which was quite exciting for me. The kitchen team seemed very efficient and executed the dishes with little fuss and noise. The waiters were also very attentive and quick to fill up my glass whenever it was empty and to clear my plates the moment I was done.

Starter – smoked salmon with gravalax sauce and lavender honey. First off, the plating was extremely pretty and I really liked the lavender honey component.
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Main – 48 hour pork cheek with carrot and mint sauce. This was executed very well.
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Dessert – Araguani Chocolate ganache served with a cocoa sherbet covered with bitter biscuit powder. The best way the waiter described it was “chocolate on chocolate”. A very rich dessert, which I could not finish, though it was really fun having different textures and flavours of chocolate in one bowl. This seemed to be a very popular dessert. Many people around me had ordered the same thing as well.
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Overall, I would say that I really enjoyed this meal. I couldn’t really find any fault with the experience, be it the food or the service. However, was there a “wow” factor that I couldn’t stop raving about? Not really. Nonetheless, it wouldn’t stop me from recommending this place to other people, especially with the rather reasonable lunch prices.

Add: 2F Hillside, Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032

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