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Legendary Chef Joël Robuchon’s London Legacy Endures in a Bowl of Pommes Purée

The legendary chef who once held 32 Michelin stars at once will have two more restaurants in his name

Pommes puree in a metal bowl, with a spoon, a la Joel Robuchon Cook’s Illustrated

Two new London restaurants will open under the Joël Robuchon name this year: Le Comptoir Robuchon and Le Deli Robuchon. Le Comptoir will open on Clarges Street in Mayfair this October, consistent with reports from April, while Le Deli will open on Piccadilly in November, according to Big Hospitality. The openings follow the closure of the Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in April, which itself followed the death of the “chef of the century,” who once held 32 Michelin stars across his restaurant empire, in August 2018.

Le Comptoir will serve a menu of two halves, guided by former L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon executive chef Jeremy Page: the rotating seasonal small plate format now almost ubiquitous in mid-to-high-end restaurants in the city, and a roster of Robuchon classics. Close to the now-closed Atelier in formula, seasonal dishes will include scallops with potato and sage; Iberico pluma with padron peppers and garlic; and oyster mushroom with its consommé. Expect native lobster with romesco and the famous, 1:1 ratio butter-to-potato pommes purée on the classic menu.

Le Deli meanwhile will serve a range of breakfast and lunchtime dishes: banana bread with mascarpone and caramelised almonds; a jambon beurre baguette of dreams; a truffle and cheese toastie. Pret a Manger, Robuchon-style. More soon.

Le Comptoir Robuchon, 6 Clarges Street W1J 8AE, October 2019
Le Deli Robuchon, 82 Piccadilly, W1J 8HB, November 2019