Review: Sunday Lunch at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Awarded with more Michelin stars than any other chefs alive, Joël Robuchon is a bona fide legend of the culinary world. All fans of haute cuisine owe it to themselves to find out what the fuss is about. The new, accessibly priced lunch menus at his two restaurants here at Resort World Sentosa present a delicious opportunity to do so.

This review is for the lunch menu available on Sunday only at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (the more formal Joël Robuchon Restaurant offers lunch on Saturday).

Review: Sunday Lunch at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

The ambience

The softly-lit red and black interior provides a welcome respite from the crowds at the Resort. Counter seats offer excellent views of the kitchen, where chefs weave about among gleaming chrome shelves, busy preparing your food, with a practised efficiency that is fascinating to watch.

The menu

Lunch is available in 3, 4 or 5 courses ($48, $68 and $108 respectively*). You pick the courses from a menu that changes periodically, according to availability and seasonality.

Bread (baked fresh on the premises), an amuse-bouche (a pre-selected, bite-sized hors d’œuvre), a side of the legendary mashed potatoes with your main, plus coffee or tea, are all complimentary.

The food

Elegantly-plated, contemporary French fare with intense flavours and masterfully contrasted textures (the succulent and smooth is often played against the crispy and crunchy). Here are some samples of what’s on the menu:

Sunday lunch at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Assorted fresh tomatoes flavoured with sumac spice and olive oil.
 Sunday lunch at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
King snapper ceviche (a South American raw fish dish) on top of cilantro avocado (the creaminess of the avocado is cut by the cilantro, imbuing the dish with a zesty lightness).
Sunday lunch at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Spinach velouté with Comté cheese mousseline. A soft poached egg is tucked beneath the surface, the thick yellow of the yolk breaking to mix with the plush greeness of the velouté when you dig in.
Sunday lunch at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Frog legs ravioli on parsley coulis and sweet garlic veil. Probably the tastiest wanton ever.
Sunday lunch at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Seafood spaghetti that is distinguished by the freshness of the ingredients, the al dente pasta flecked with flavourful foam, and coated with just the right amount of tomato sauce.
Sunday lunch at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Grilled and caramelised pork pluma with condiments – just as juicy and tender as it looks, and more delicate in flavour than it sounds. The pluma is an exceptional cut of pork whose marbled goodness simply melts in your mouth.
Sunday lunch at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Chocolate lightness in dulcey mousse and vanilla crumble – the mousse is silky as sin while the crumble adds a pleasing texture.
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Red fruits and pistachio lightness on sablé breton drizzled in raspberry coulis. The picture speaks for itself.

The verdict

For food of this quality, and the little gastronomic journey the menu takes you on, Sunday lunch at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is seriously value-for-money. While the portions are French, the richness of the cooking will more than satiate hunger pangs.

All the items on the menu sound so good you may be tempted to order everything – but why not save some for your next visit, which you will probably be making plans for halfway through the meal.

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon lunch menu is only available on Sunday, 12 to 2.30pm.
For reservations, please call +65 6577 7888 or email robuchon@rwsentosa.com

*Prices are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes. Prices are correct as of April 2015, and may change without prior notice.

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