[Updated June 2017] L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is awarded 2 Michelin Stars in the Singapore Michelin Guide 2017 and 2016.. Next door Joël Robuchon Restaurant is awarded the first and only 3 Star Restaurant in Singapore.
[Original Entry] Joel Robuchon is known as the “Chef of the Century”, owning restaurants from Paris, Las Vegas, London to Tokyo, earning a total of 28 Michelin stars, the most of any chefs in the entire world.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon where ‘L’Atelier’ translates to ‘workshop’ serves French haute cuisine in a stylized environment, ie a more ‘avant-garde’ and casual version of the Joel Robuchon restaurants.
To be really honest, my initial objectives was to be there to fulfil my personal check-list, to tick the boxes of Singapore’s best restaurants. It’s one of those wish-lists to have. This was almost my last few to visit, only because L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Hong Kong didn’t impress us much.
Over at Resorts World Sentosa, the L’Atelier counter is where you can watch the chefs in full action within an open kitchen concept – as though you are watching a cooking programme.
The square counter seating is inspired by Tokyo sushi restaurants, with a sexy colour scheme of lush red and mysterious black.
The Discovery Menu ($258) includes Duck foie gras custard with spicy black beans broth and Roasted cod with artichoke pickle tomatoes juice. Portions are small tapas-sized though.
Pardon us if you come across sounding ‘cheapo’, but we did notice an “Early Evening Dinner at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon”, in which a 3-course dinner would be served at $78++ (Previously, the cost was $40++. Oh darn!)
Still a value-for-money promotion, though the catch is that the meal was offered 5:30pm to 6:30pm.
Questions ran through our minds, “Would the items be served super fast?”, “Would we be chased out at 6:30pm promptly?” “Who can make it for 5:30pm dinner anyway?”
We went on to dine till about 7:15 pm, with appropriate pacing, and were being gladly served with top-notch service.
A Ladies Night Menu offered every Thursday foes for $98++. Good news for diners then. It is still possible to experience Michelin-star fine dining at wallet-friendlier prices.
While the variety could be limited, taste and portions were not compromised.
Starters included a King Snapper Ceviche or Onion Soup on Comte Cream, Mains were a Seafood Spaghetti or Caramelized Spatchcock, and Dessert (unfortunately no options given) a Pineapple Mousse with Passion Fruit and Coconut Milk
Two of L’Atelier’s highlights to me, were their bread basket and mashed potato. The first scoring in both variety and taste, freshly baked and that you had to keep repeating thyself not to overload on carbs even before the amuse bouche.
Joel Robuchon is not only known for his Michelin stars, but his mashed potato as well. So one cannot leave without try the rich, creamy, velvety pommes puree made with four simple ingredients: potatoes, butter, milk and salt.
Sometimes those that look effortless, require the most amount of effort. The mashed potato looking plainly simple, was so smooth and buttery and there was immense pleasure letting the mash slide down your tongue. (My dining partner did say it was overly rich.)
We missed the former pricings though. Is this what you call the ‘Michelin curse’? My dining partner told me at least there is one more quiche, and free valet and parking.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Hotel Michael, Level 1, Resorts World Sentosa
Tel: +65 6577 6688
Tel: +65 6577 7888
Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Thurs-Mon), Closed Tues, Wed