The food by world-renowned French chef, Joël Robuchon, is probably the best food I have ever eaten. No surprise, since his restaurant in The Landmark boasts 2 Michelin stars, among the 25 others he has from his restaurants in other major cities of the world.
They start you off with the best bread in the whole world. I had to restrain myself because they let you have as many as you want. I knew there was more food coming, so I had to strategize and save some room to maximize the amount of food I could fit into my tummy. I know that sounds incredibly greedy. But as much as I would love it to be or think it is sometimes, my stomach is not a bottomless pit. So I just had a couple of tiny croissants. And I mean tiny.
I have never been more in love with croissants.
Then they gave us what they call ‘palette cleansers’. I can’t remember what it was really called. It was warm, creamy and had a bit of a coffee taste to it.
After the ‘palette cleanser’, they served us artichoke soup. I wish I had a photo of it now but I was preoccupied with trying to swallow each spoonful. I couldn’t say I didn’t like it in a sophisticated restaurant like this now, could I? I’ve just never had artichoke before and I think it’s somewhat of an acquired taste.
But the starters were absolutely genius. We had the King Alaskan crab wrapped in crispy noodles with mango purée and thai green curry sauce, and duck pâté. I wasn’t too fond of the pâté but the crab was simply gorgeous.
Now for the main. We had cod, salmon with mango pieces and, if I remember correctly, something like raw minced beef. They serve it all with mashed potato on the side. And it is the most thick and velvety mashed potato you will ever taste. I just have to learn the secret to making it. I had the cod, and it was simply beautiful. I have never tasted fish THIS good!! With each bite it was like I died and went to heaven.
The mashed potato are the two scoops on the side. See how thick, velvety and creamy it is?
I can’t quite remember exactly what the next dish is called. And I think it’s potato on top, or maybe cheese. But it’s raw minced beef underneath I think. I remember thinking there is no way I could ever eat raw beef.
And now to indulge in dessert! I ordered passionfruit pudding with pieces of mango and clementines topped with homemade mango ice cream. But they also had a little dessert trolley loaded with everything any person with a sweet-tooth could possibly love. My stomach felt like it was going to explode and I was still trying to stuff my face with dessert, cake, pies and pastries.
And if you love your wine, there’s always a great selection of every cheese possible.
And as a goodbye, they leave you with strawberry macaroons accompanied by gold-dusted chocolate pieces and sugar-coated gummies.
It was a hugely satisfying and lavish lunch with superb food and great company. I had the best time, even if I had a slight disagreement with the artichoke soup. It was a great atmosphere and the service was fantastic. Slightly embarassed to be snapping photos of the food in the restaurant, but I couldn’t help myself. I just had to chronicle the wonderfulness that is Joël Robuchon’s food. There is no rival.