The London Atelier of Joël Robuchon (who, incidentally, has 28 Michelin stars and restaurants around the world) is based on his concept of an informal restaurant. There are three areas: La Cuisine, which is the most conventional; the Le Salon bar; and the moody red and black 'Atelier.' For the most dramatic effect, eat here and book at the counter. Here you can watch the theatre of the chefs producing tapas-style dishes—small bombshells of taste as in beef and foie gras mini-burger; pig's trotter on parmesan toast; and egg cocotte with wild mushroom cream, all wildly inventive and beautifully presented. The à la carte menu follows the conventional three-course approach, using superb ingredients. The quality has been slipping a tad in recent years, but there's still no question it's punching at a heavy weight class, both in quality and price.