Chefs at pass, l'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, London

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Covent Garden, special tasting menu dinner

Menu (in English and French) from a review dinner at the two Michelin-starred l’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Covent Garden with wines chosen to match each course (Read my review here):

Le parmesan en cappuccino au vieux porto – Parmesan cappuccino with port


Le tourteau, dans une gelée acidulée à l’avocat – Crabmeat with tomato jelly and avocado

“O Rosal” Bodegas Terras Gauda 2010, Rias Baixas, Spain

La Saint-Jacques d’ecosse en carpaccio aux oursins et huile d’olive citron – Scottish scallops Carpaccio, sea urchins and lemony olive oil

Rivaner Domaine Mathis Bastian 2010, Moselle Luxembourgeoise, Luxemburg

L’asperge du pertuis, un cappuccino léger et ses croûtons gourmands – Green asparagus cappuccino served with golden croutons

Grüner Veltliner “Goldjoch” Pfaffl 2011, Weinviertel, Austria

Le foie gras de canard aux raisins verjutés et gingembre confit – Seared duck foie gras with Muscat grapes and ginger confit

Gewurztraminer “Cuvée Christine” Domaine Schlumberger 2007, Alsace, France

L’œuf coque sans coque façon piperade ibérique à l’huile de persil – Soft boiled egg on a “piperade” with Iberico ham and parsley oil

Mâcon Loche Domaine Cordier 2010, Burgundy, France

La caille au foie gras et caramélisée avec une pomme purée truffée – Free range quail stuffed with foie gras and truffled mashed potatoes

Saint Laurent Weingut Heinrich 2010, Burgenland, Austria

La sphere (modified to fruit)

“Straw Wine” De Trafford 2009, Stellenbosh, South Africa

Le minty au chocolat coulant Araguani, mousse de lait, sorbet à la liqueur de menthe – The minty chocolate Araguani, milk foam and mint liqueur sorbet

Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim 1999, Douro, Portugal

Qin Xie

Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef.

When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN.

Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014.

According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.


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