“Legendary” Mayfair restaurant announces relaunch date with new bar and menu

The Joël Robuchon International group has announced it will be relaunching its Mayfair restaurant as L’Atelier Robuchon London on Friday September 15. The restaurant will be a counterpart to the starred international L’Ateliers; Hong Kong, Miami, Taipei, Las Vegas and Geneva.

The relaunch is spearheaded by executive chef Andrea Cofini who joined the Robuchon brand in 2014, serving at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Paris and more recently, Robuchon Shanghai. Andrea has worked alongside group executive chef David Alves to ensure L’Atelier Robuchon London adheres to the group’s “incredibly high standards”.

On the menu, L’Atelier Robuchon London will celebrate some of the “legendary” Robuchon classics, from the “much-revered” Purée de Pomme de Terre, the Sea Bream Carpaccio, simply dressed with lemon and chive, to Quail with Foie Gras, all made using the supply chain the group gained its initial success with.

Andrea’s influence is felt in the regularly-changing modern and elevated additions to the menu, bringing his experience working across the globe to create elegant plates with accents of Asian flavours.

The restaurant will see the return of the “much-loved” dessert trolley; a sleek, marble-topped display of sweet treats from the kitchen including fresh á la minute Madeleines and patisserie classics. L’Atelier will also boast a trolley dedicated to its cheese offering, with a daily-changing rotation showcasing southern French and Italian cheeses.

Guests will be welcomed into the “grand elegance” of L’Atelier with its newly created bar area at the entrance, which leads into the open restaurant area, seating 74 diners. To the left is the sweeping marble countertop which puts the chefs centre stage, a signature feature of all the original Joël Robuchon restaurants where the open kitchen format was pioneered.

The colour palette harks back to the Covent Garden L’Atelier with red and black accents, modernised to suit the new location and audience. Soft scarlet seating and subtle warm lighting invites diners to enjoy L’Atelier Robuchon through day and night; from long lunches through to celebratory dinners and drinks in the bar alongside live music.

L’Atelier’s head sommelier Neomie Favrat has curated a wine list with strong French and old world elements to complement the classical flavours of the food. Her aim is to champion small family owned vineyards that produce “some of the best wines in the world”.

L’Atelier’s ‘reincarnation’ is focusing on a stellar bar menu that incorporates elements from the kitchen and, for the first time, welcomes guests to the bar area to enjoy a newly launched programme of live music well into the evening.

Heading up the drinks offering is Renaud De Bosredon Combrailles who has created an “outstanding and considered” menu of cocktails, with flavours including tomato and basil infused Campari, hay sake and a vodka infused with pastry from Robuchon’s Boulangerie in Acton.

By Matthew Neville – Senior Correspondent, Bdaily

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