It may be described as a theatrical experience, but don't worry, there is no need to applaud - although, with the late, great Joel Robuchon's name on the door, you may indeed be tempted. Robuchon still holds the most Michelin stars of any chef ever, and his Dubai restaurant is a true showcase of excellence with the total space covering 10,000 square foot, where diners can relax in one of the five different areas and take part in an unforgettable dining experience.
Executive chef Roberto Torre brings this showcase to life using precision, simplicity and emotion in his plates to replicate the Robuchon style. The a la carte menu takes diners on an authentic tasting visit to France. Start with the small plates selection and treat your taste buds to many different seafood dishes from fresh oysters, to crab, to shrimps and langoustines. For a true experience of French cuisine, snails sauteed in garlic and served with parsley chips are on offer for those brave enough for this immersive, cultural experience.
The menu's starters include caviar and, one again, a fantastic selection of seafood. For a vegetarian choice, diners can opt for burrata and heriloom tomatoes as well as vegetarian les tartares. Before reaching the main course, guests are treated to exquisitely-prepared dishes throughout the dining room and the bars. The level of service and flavours are perfectly-matched by the glamorous interiors of warm reds and stylish golds - a reimagining of a traditional theatre with the twist of L'ateliers air of elegance.
Further menu highlights include the poached blue lobster and the confit baby lamb shoulder, slow-cooked for 12 hours and served with baby capsicum. The finale of this gastronomical showcase is one that will leave you wanting an encore. Think: delicately-crafted spheres, light pastries and bouncy souffles. To see a real master at work, opt for the la noix de coco; crystallised coconut at -200 degrees celsius under emulsion of fresh mango, lime and blackcurrant powder.