Eating Hong Kong - Part 1 (continued)

Day 1
Dinner: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

After our afternoon shopping in Causeway Bay, we barely had two hours to get back to our hotel for a rest before getting ready for dinner.

Fast forward to two hours later. Although the restaurant's address says The Landmark, we had to step outside the mall onto Queen's Road to get to the atelier's main entrance. Opening the door, we enter into a foyer lined with black walls. The lift was on the right, leading to the restaurant on the fourth floor. The ambience is dark; with its minimal lighting , I had to focus a bit on navigating myself to my seat which is pulled up to a bar-style countertop that surrounds an open-to-view kitchen.

There are two sets of menus: the Small Tasting Portions menu (very much self-explanatory) and La Carte, which consists of appetizers and full-sized entrées. Most of the dishes come in small tapas-like portions, but they still show a high degree of innovation and finesse. We decided to go for items on the Small Tasting Portions menu so we could have a variety of food to eat - yay! The maitre d' tirelessly explained each and every item on the menu and once we made our choices, he expertly arranged the order in which the dishes would be served for us to enjoy. For starters, we were served a complimentary White Asparagus Jelly with Tomato Purée. It was refershing and cool to the palate. I liked the asparagus bits on top as they were crunchy.

The food was beyond perfect. From the home-made bread basket to the salad with the freshest ingredients, the scallops, poached baby oysters, langoustine ravioli with foie gras sauce, and veal paillard, I could only say "oh my God" after every bite. Fresh, high quality ingredients made this a magnificent gastronomical experience.

King Crab and Avocado Salad with Buffalo Mozarella and Extra Virgin Olive Oil - You can taste the freshness of everything in this salad. The buffalo mozarella was so soft, it just melted in my mouth.

Scallops cooked in the shell with Seaweed Butter - oh my oh my, the scallops were cooked beyond perfection, and the seaweed butter was divine.

Poached Baby Kumamoto Oysters with Echiré Butter - These cute oysters were only 2 inches in (shell) size. I don't have a clue what Echiré butter is, but it sure tastes great, and I would like more on my poached oysters, s'il vous plait.

Corn Soup with Foie Gras - I love foie gras; I could eat it anytime. The soup was rich and creamy and although foie gras was already rich in itself, it didn't overpower the flavor of the soup.

Langoustine Ravioli with Foie Gras Sauce - this was the highlight of my dégustation. A generous chunk of langoustine inside each ravioli, topped with foie gras sauce. What more could I ask for?

L'Atelier's Signature Mashed Potato - the best mashed potato I have ever had.  The consistency is almost runny; the velvety texture and flavor are amazing.

Veal Paillard topped with rocket salad and truffles - by the time this dish was served, I was getting full so I didn't quite enjoy it as much as the previous dishes. I could have done without this dish, but I must say the truffles made me put a few forkfuls in my mouth.

For dessert we had Les Glaces, a trio of raspberry, lemon, and mango sorbets; and Le Chocolat Sensation. The sorbets were refreshing and super smooth - no lumps of ice crystals. Le Chocolat Sensation was in a league of its own. It left me speechless, so I just closed my eyes and indulged in this wonderful dessert.

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Shop 401, 4/F The Landmark
Queen's Road, Central


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