I was caught off guard once and asked what was my favorite restaurant in the world or the best thing I’ve ever eaten. The first thing I could think of was L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Hong Kong. This is going to sound extremely pretentious but I’ve eaten at Joel Robuchon’s restaurants in Hong Kong, Paris and Las Vegas. But, Hong Kong wins out of the three.
Yes, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon was awarded three Michelin stars, but the reason why I love this particular restaurant in Hong Kong is because they have MINI BREAD. At the beginning of the meal, they bring you a small bread basket full of mini croissants, bacon baguettes, cheese baguettes, apricot walnut bread, brioches… it’s a carb lover’s dream. In case you were wondering which one is my favorite, it’s the bacon baguette. The croissant is a close second.
This bread is baked fresh every day in the restaurant’s own bakery. When I ate at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Paris, I was most excited about the mini bread. Imagine my shock and disappointment when the staff told me that the chef does not feel like he can make bread as good as the local boulangerie so the restaurant gets all of their baguettes from across the street.