I wonder how likely Robuchon's rumored potential opening of a branch of L'Atelier de JR at a Marriott might be. As posters know, JR already has a version of Atelier in Japan.
Restaurant Magazine reports: "With a month still left in the year, the Independent on Sunday's Terry Durack decided to dispense with a review and rounded-up his 2003 eating out experiences. Here are a few pertinent points... High hopes for 2004 are ... Richard Corrigan at the 'Gherkin', ... and the rumoured opening of Joel Robuchon's L'Atelier at the Grosvenor Square Marriott hotel.."
(Note I do not think highly of J Robuchon's cuisine at Atelier in Paris. That venue has strangely adopted a dish called "Oeufs Plats -- Bernard Loiseau" since that chef's passing. First of all, Loiseau and Robuchon didn't appear to be good friends, to my knowledge during Loiseau's lifetime. I wonder whether the naming of the dish is in hommage to Loiseau out of sincerity (but then why a dish like a version of sunny-side-up eggs?, even though Loiseau did advocate simplicity in certain respects of cooking), or a marketing/sales ploy, with all respect to JR. I asked the dining room team member this, and didn't receive a meaningful response.
I suppose the only consolation would be that Atelier would at least be better than Spoon, London :0