I have been purging files and papers, etc., over the last few days.
Yesterday I came across a credit card statement from November, 2004 which included a charge from Atelier Joël Robuchon in Paris. I apparently didn’t know who Joël Robuchon was when I ate there as I never knew I dined at any of his restaurants! Granted, it was seven years ago, so I wasn’t as ‘worldly’ then! Ha!
If you don’t know who Joël Robuchon is, some of the tittles/honors bestowed upon him are that he was titled “Chef of the Century” in 1989 and declared France’s Best Craftsman in cuisine in 1976 and he has a total of 27 Michelin stars, the most of any chef in the world. He has also been on Top Chef a few times when they invite the crème de la crème chefs of the world to dinner (i.e. along with the likes of Alain Ducasse, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, José Andrés, etc.)
I went on line to see some photos of this place and that did jog my memory! I remember having some kind of grilled fish; the reason I remember it was fish is that it came on the bone and I had to filet it myself, not something I enjoy doing so much, but very typical in Europe. I remember enjoying the meal and that there was an open kitchen more or less centered in the middle of the restaurant.
According to my statement, the cost of dining at a restaurant owned by this world renowned chef was just $138.23, which I am sure included an appetizer and at least one glass of wine, too. Not bad considering the credentials!