I booked this a month ago before the trip and I have to say I’m pretty damn excited. There are a couple of Joel Robuchons in Paris. They are also all around the world like in Japan, Hong Kong, London, Macau etc. Michelin star restaurant and world famous. The one in France should be the best right? Here we go. We walked from Champ De Elysees to the Saint German branch which took 30 mins. So IK was hungry, tired and sick of walking by the time we got there. It’s a fairly dark place and with all the de Joel Robuchon restaurants, they all have the black and red theme.
We were greeted and led to the communal bar table which sits around 15 right around. They have 2 sittings and I could understand why this is one effective way to serve all 15 guests at once with really one waiter. This waiter could speak 5 different languages apparently and I have to say the French are impressive with their english. Better than I anticipated.
So there are two choices. The Tasting menu or a la carte. They didn’t really explain very much as i think everyone just goes for the tasting menu. The only difference is you get to choose the main. AND, the menu was all in French and there was no point getting the dictionary out.
The first dish was the Amuse Bouche.To start, Le Crabe Royale – Aux Fine Lamelles de <Daikon> Epicees
Came with a basket of bread which we didn’t touch as we knew there was better things to come.
It was an open kitchen, the head chef overlooking his staff whilst they were at work. He seems pretty young in his 30s and very cool demeanor about him, no typical chef’s hats and white aprons.
This next starter was the le gaspacho – a la catalane, croutons dores sous un sorbet moutarde a l’ancienne. Pretty much a soup with a mustard sorbet. It was a cold dish, but having cold soup was actually good. Opens the palate up.
le caviar – seems to be a common theme during this europe trip for me! sur une <cerviche> de saumon, glace aux agrumes peruviens. A cerviche of salmon with ice underneath and peruvian citrus. I had so much caviar but it is pretty reasonable in Europe esp in Scandanavian countries.
Next up was Les Girolles – et l’artichaut sur un <Macaroni Vegetal> dore au comte. Here we have chanterelle mushrooms on top, Macaroni with vegetal inside. Basically a bit fat pasta with basks and count with a sprinkle of saffron on the side. Out of all the dishes, probably wasn’t my favourite. Tasty regardless.
L’oeuf (The Egg) it translates to Cocotte en <meurette> sus une fine croustade. Basically a casserole in a red wine sauce with fine croutons. This was amazing.
I was yearning for this in France. Le Foie Gras! – de canard chaud, cerises et amandes fraiches dans un jus acidule a l’hibiscus . Foie gras was so rich but a combination with the cherry with a hibiscus jus was just perfect. It was delicious!
Le Saint- Pierre – grille, asperges sauvages sur une emulsion coco-tandoori, citron verte et poivre de <timut>. This was like a little seafood soup. Grilled wild asparagus on a coconut emulsion, tandoori, lemon and green peppers with some clams. This was just unbelievable.
there were a few choices for the mains but i went for the sweet breads. Le Ris De Veau – cloute de laurier frais a la feuille de romaine farcie . The leaf on top seemed like a eucalyptus leaf. This was very rich and each time i hear short breads, I forget out rich it is.
IK ordered the L’agneau De Lait – en cotelettes a la fleur de thym. Milk lamb chops in thyme. The thyme was so fresh the chops were small but tasty. A side of mashed potatoes on the side which was filled with rich butter.
A bit more mashed potatoes here. Way too much but so rich, full of flavour.
Finally we start the desserts. L’Agrume – pamplemousse et orange sous un sorbet a la mandarine et son croquant au citron vert Almost like a creme brulee citrus version – Grapefruit and orange sorbet, in a crisp mandarin and lime. This was so refreshing after so much heaviness in the food. The crips broke with a nice crack and had a mousse inside. Yum!!
To finish up Le Chocolat Tentation. Very interesting dessert, a nice round chocolate crisp around, with some citrusy flavours on top, a little chocolate dome int hemiddle and chocolate soil underneath in a separate bowl. The idea is to pick some of the top bit up and layer it with some chocolate soil. French cuisine was definitely out of this world.
The tummy was struggling but we thought maybe a coffee would help. Some more caramel and friands to just top it off. Coffee was awful btw.
This family walked out of the restaurant and guess who we saw – ZLATAN. omg. drove off in a volvo lol. Then another woman came with some body guards – I think she was from the embassy here or something. Definitely alot of high flyers about eting at this place. Wonderful experience. It was definitely rushed, but the quality of the food was top notch.
Rating : 17/20
Dish of the Day – The dessert and Foie Groe
Tip : Come earlier with expander pants.
Joel Le Robuchon – Saint Germain
5 Rue Montalembert, 75007 Paris, France