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Joël Robuchon's Empire Spans 3 Continents, 12 Cities

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Welcome to Restaurant Empires, a new regular feature in which we map out the businesses of prominent chefs and restaurateurs.

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It's hard to think of a more appropriate way to start a feature like this than by focusing on a chef with as much international reach as Joël Robuchon. Because nearly every article about him mentions it, might as well introduce the French chef as the man the Gault Millau guide called the "Chef of the Century" in 1989.

And that designation was bestowed upon him even before he had ever really left France as a restaurateur. Five years after closing the legendary Jamin in 1996 and briefly "retiring," Robuchon set off to spread his gospel, an endeavor that has taken him to Macau, Tokyo, Paris, London, Taipei, New York, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Beirut.

In about a decade's time, his restaurants have earned a record 26 Michelin stars. The following map provides a glimpse into a chef's ability to become a master restaurateur, replicating successful concepts around the world, understanding the people and places he engages, and maintaining quality and integrity in almost every case.

Before we get started, some key locations:

Robuchon-Tokyo-Standout.jpg1) L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Tokyo
Year Founded: 2003
Current Chef: Ryuta Lisuka
Distinctions: Two Michelin stars
Why it's important: This is the first of the Ateliers and continues to be a shining example of the gastronomic love affair between Paris and Tokyo.


L%27Atelier-Saint-Germain-Eater.jpg2) L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Saint-Germain
Year Founded: 2003
Current Chefs: Eric Lecerf and Philippe Braun
Distinctions: Ranked 14th on the San Pellegrino World's Best list; two Michelin stars.
Why it's important: It's quintessential Robuchon — the chef's Paris baby —where rich people can come in and spend 200 Euro on lunch, but feel "casual" while doing it. The restaurant continues to execute Robuchon’s straightforward French fare, which hints at Spain, Italy, and especially Asia, at an extremely high level, and the service is polished but fun and warm.


RaGDiningRoom-Eater.jpg3) Robuchon a Galera
Year Founded: 2001
Current Chef: Francky Semblat
Distinctions: Three Michelin stars
Why it's important: This is the first restaurant Robuchon opened after his departure from Jamin in 1996, and many still refer to it as one of the best western-style restaurants in Asia. It's also one of the few Joël Robuchons, which tend to be more formal — and gaudy — than the Ateliers, offering long-form degustation menus and luxe table seating.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Paris: L'Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon

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5 Rue Montalembert
75007 Paris, France
01 42 22 56 56
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2. Paris: L'Atelier Étoile de Joël Robuchon

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133 Avenue des Champs Elysées
75008 Paris, France
01 47 23 75 75
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3. Monaco: Joël Robuchon Monte Carlo

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4. Monaco: Yoshi

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+ 377 93 15 15 10

5. London: L'Atelier and La Cuisine de Joël Robuchon

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West St, t, Westminster
London WC2H 8, UK

6. New York: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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57 E 57th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 829-3844
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7. Las Vegas: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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3799 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-7358
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8. Las Vegas: Joël Robuchon

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3799 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-7358
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9. Macau: Robuchon a Galera

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3/F, Block 4, Hotel Lisboa
2-4 Avenida da Amizade, Porto Exterior Macau

10. Hong Kong: L'Atelier and Le Jardin

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15 Queen's Rd W
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

11. Taipei: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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松仁路, nyi District
Taipei City, Taiwan 110
02-8729-2628

12. Tokyo: L'Atelier and La Boutique de Joël Robuchon

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13. Tokyo: Chateau Restaurant Joël Robuchon

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14. Nagoya: La Table and La Boutique

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15. Singapore: Joël Robuchon and L'Atelier

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8 Sentosa GatewayHotel Michael Level 1
Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269

16. Beirut: La Cave de Joël Robuchon

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1. Paris: L'Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon

5 Rue Montalembert, 75007 Paris, France

5 Rue Montalembert
75007 Paris, France

2. Paris: L'Atelier Étoile de Joël Robuchon

133 Avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris, France

133 Avenue des Champs Elysées
75008 Paris, France

3. Monaco: Joël Robuchon Monte Carlo

4 Avenue de la Madone, 98000 Monaco

4. Monaco: Yoshi

4 Avenue de la Madone, 98000 Monaco

5. London: L'Atelier and La Cuisine de Joël Robuchon

West St, t, Westminster, London WC2H 8, UK

West St, t, Westminster
London WC2H 8, UK

6. New York: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

57 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

57 E 57th St
New York, NY 10022

7. Las Vegas: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

3799 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

8. Las Vegas: Joël Robuchon

3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

3799 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

9. Macau: Robuchon a Galera

3/F, Block 4, Hotel Lisboa, 2-4 Avenida da Amizade, Porto Exterior Macau

3/F, Block 4, Hotel Lisboa
2-4 Avenida da Amizade, Porto Exterior Macau

10. Hong Kong: L'Atelier and Le Jardin

15 Queen's Rd W, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

15 Queen's Rd W
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

11. Taipei: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

松仁路, nyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110

松仁路, nyi District
Taipei City, Taiwan 110

12. Tokyo: L'Atelier and La Boutique de Joël Robuchon

日本東京都港区六本木6-10-1 六本木ヒルズヒルサイド2F

13. Tokyo: Chateau Restaurant Joël Robuchon

Ebisu Garden Place, 日本東京都渋谷区恵比寿4-20-4 恵比寿ガーデンプレイス グラススクエアB1F

14. Nagoya: La Table and La Boutique

3丁目16, aka Ward栄3丁目16

15. Singapore: Joël Robuchon and L'Atelier

8 Sentosa GatewayHotel Michael Level 1, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269

8 Sentosa GatewayHotel Michael Level 1
Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269

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16. Beirut: La Cave de Joël Robuchon

Souk Abou Nasser, Lebanon

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