|Heaven on earth.
When they poured me a glass of Perrier and gave me my very own selection of warm bread in the most covetable
|The view from my seat. Watching the action in the open kitchen. They were sooo-oo quiet.
Accompanied by a dish of the most ethereal butter...
|Only three pieces of bread. It took the greatest act of will to restrain myself.
After they served me the cutest amuse bouche...
|Tomato gelée with avocado creme and basil pesto. Getting ready.
And the most sophisticated fresh, crisp, bright, earthy salad...
|Artichoke hearts, asparagus, arugula, oven-dried tomatoes, balsamic dressing. Oh, and that bacon.
Followed by the pièce de résistance...
|Warm duck foie gras with cherries and fresh almonds. Food pornography.
|God, you can take me now.
And the best ever lamb cutlets and the best ever mashed potatoes....
|Lamb chops with smoked garlic and "zaalouk" salad. I ate with my hands.
|I congratulated the chef Michel del Burgo for the mashed potatoes.
Over coffee and "pudding", as Hot Tuna would say...
|Coffee. Simply excellent.
|Choco-banana macaroon with cherry gummies and gold-covered mini Maltesers. Decadent.
|The most spectacular lemon tart by pastry chef Tadashi Nakamura.
I couldn't help thinking, "I can't wait to come back."
Yez, I would go back in a flash, and I wouldn't stop going until I had tasted everything on the menu, dammit.
My lunch mates will be waiting for me.
The Miele Guide: 2nd place in Asia's Top 20 in 2010/2011, 1st place in 2009/2010, 2nd place in 2008/2009.
The 53rd best restaurant in the world in 2010, according to this.
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon is located at Shop 315 & 401, The Landmark, Central, Hong Kong. Phone +852.21669000. I didn't have a reservation. I just walked in.