Sunday, August 14, 2005

Chef of the Century, Joel Robuchon

After some speedy walking and a brief subway ride, we arrived at our dinner reservation with not a minute to spare.

We were seated immediately at a long U-shaped counter, almost like a sushi counter. Waiters hustled and bustled in the center of the U-shaped counter and took our orders.

Most of the food was fairly pricy. The tasting menu, which had about 9 courses, was around 90 euros (about $105). We limited ourselves to one or two courses plus dessert (of course!) to keep the price down.

But before I get too far into the menu, let me tell you about Joel Robuchon. OK, actually I don't know much about it him, but I HAD heard of him. When we had walked by the restaurant the previous day, I was surprised to see a restaurant where I actually recognized the chef's name. :)

I'm a big fan of Iron Chef. He was frequently mentioned as a great influencer for Iron Chef French, Sakai-san, and was occasionally mentioned as a chef under whom various challengers had trained under. (I also discovered that there's a book about his cooking on

The restaurant is called L'Atelier of Joel Robuchon. We didn't actually get to meet The Man. He's no doubt off busy promoting his new restaurant at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. :)

We had a great time and the food was really good too. I had lobsters with mushrooms and asparagus and Emily had a breaded fish (which looked kinda creepy since it still had its head.)

Our desserts were also delicious. After dessert, we struck up a conversation with the two American couples to our left and helped one fellow figure out how to use his new digital camera. We did a good job promoting good will towards Microsoft. :) They weren't surprised when we told them where we worked.

After our great dinner, we wandered (a little more slowly) past the Paris Opera house, the Galeries Lafayette, and the Napoleon temple before returning to our hotel to pack for our flight home.


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