To honour the Robuchon culinary legacy, both restaurant (Le Comptoir Robuchon) and deli (Le Deli Robuchon) capture the original ‘Cuisine Moderne’ ethos – to champion the excellence within simplicity, to champion flavour as paramount, and to create a vibrant yet relaxed, inclusive atmosphere for the enjoyment of fine cuisine.
The restaurant – Le Comptoir Robuchon – sits on Clarges Street, Mayfair, serving an evolved take on Robuchon’s simple, light small-plates, designed for sharing in true convivial style. Joël Robuchon himself was hugely influenced by the elegance of a Japanese sushi counter, and the robust flavour palate of Spanish tapas, which he himself translated into minimal ingredients, the freshest produce, executed to perfection. Robuchon built on Escoffier’s technique by creating seemingly simple but highly technical dishes – this depth of detail lives on in the new restaurant.
The kitchen at Le Comptoir is headed up by Jeremy Page, who worked closely with Robuchon for over a decade at the original L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Saint Germain, Paris, and maintains this ethos. Page’s menu is composed of two parts: La Saison and Les Eternels – an á la carte showcasing the highest quality seasonal produce, and a ‘classics’ menu featuring a collection of Robuchon’s most beloved recipes. La Saison offers dishes like La Saint-Jacques, scallop, potatoes and sage, La Pluma, Iberic pluma, pimientos de padron and garlic and Les Pleurotes, oyster mushroom and consommé. There are also many vegetarian and gluten free elements throughout. Les Eternels will showcase Robuchon’s time-honoured dishes, much loved by his patrons across the world, of which there are many. Firm favourites include, Le Homard, native lobster and romesco sauce, La Caille, quail, foie gras and truffle and Les Tomates, gazpacho, heirlooms and burrata with a helping of Robuchon’s famous pomme purée (or mashed potato).
The interior has been brought to life by Thurstan Design, who specialise in story-telling, with a view to creating a restaurant that offers a nod to the past whilst remaining firmly rooted in the present. The aesthetic features refined tones of burnt orange and clay, with an elegant marble-top counter where guests can dine or enjoy an aperitif. There is also bespoke banquette seating providing a sense of privacy, and the perfect environment for intimate conversation. The look and feel of a classic fine dining restaurant has been reimagined through a contemporary lens with a touch of British eclecticism, to create unique spaces that also feel familiar.
Evoking the Robuchon signature style, both menu and surroundings offer the elegance of French classicism partnered with warmth and modernism to embrace the heritage of one of the world’s best loved chefs.