Set in trendy Soho, next to the Ivy, how could this place not want to compete with the best of them?  Black shiny interiors, mirrored walls and bold red chairs, it almost feels like you are about to enter a nightclub (minus the thumping sounds).

love you:  Joel Robuchon (‘Chef of the Century’ by the Gault Millau guide) has made it very affordable for the everyday food lover to try his restaurant at 2 courses for £22 and 3 courses for £27; however, we couldn’t resist the temptation of creating our own menu so we opted for the al a carte option.  “Le Foie Gras de canard cuit au torchon, une figue rotie aux fruits secs” it was, for the non-French speaker, that’s “Traditionally poached cold foie gras with roasted figs and dry fruits” – delicious!

For our mains, we couldn’t go past the “Steak tartar with hand cut chips” and as you can see, it tasted as beautiful as it looked.  We didn’t opt for the degustation menu at £125, matching wines at £175 per head, which was detailed on the last page, as we felt nostalgic for the traditional steak and chips but you might want to watch this space as I will certainly be going back!  The staff were friendly, informative and very helpful

leave you:  Intrusive bowl of apples that were in the way of us viewing the chefs at work.  Yes, it had to come down to that because I couldn’t think of anything else!

http://www.joel-robuchon.net/

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