Joël Robuchon, Claude Monet & 5 Years of Taste With The Eyes

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
A Menu of Small Tasting Portions

Monet’s Table: The Cooking Journals of Claude Monet
(book giveaway at the end of this post, thru July 6)

“Cap Martin, Near Menton”
Claude Monet

cap martin, near menton floral arrangement

“Cap Martin, Near Menton”
Floral Arrangement

On our trip to Las Vegas we “encountered” two ultra-gifted Frenchmen, artists Joël Robuchon and Claude Monet – the Chef and the Painter. It wasn’t until after I returned home that I realized how the two are ultimately connected…

The oil-on-canvas landscape painting “Cap Martin, Near Menton” is from Monet’s more experimental works of the French Riviera in 1884. We were delighted by the ingenious flower arrangement on display at the Bellagio Conservatory which has been modeled after Claude Monet’s painting.

cap martin, near menton floral

“Cap Martin, Near Menton” is currently on display at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas.
The Floral Arrangement is on display in the Bellagio Conservatory.

Joël Robuchon

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

“the culinary workshop of the gourmet mastermind”

We discovered exquisite French cuisine with a dramatic flair by Chef of the Century, Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. France’s most decorated chef  has created an atmosphere that is simultaneously cutting-edge, casual, and fun! From the stunning red and black decor with an abundance of red roses, to the flawless yet engaging service, to the many small tasting portions, each one a success in its own right – our experience at L’Atelier was nothing short of fabulous.

joel robuchon bread
Tous nos pains sont faits maison par notreéquipe de boulangers.

Joël Robuchon wine

2007 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Premier Cru Montmains

william fevre

“A generous version, displaying lemon cake, vanilla and melon notes, all backed by a vivid structure. Subtle, yet with a long, mouthwatering aftertaste. Drink now through 2015.” Wine Spectator

joel robuchon wine

Extending a special thank you to Evan Hufford, Restaurant Manager and Sommelier,
for the impeccable service and astute wine parings.

Joël Robuchon amuse bouche
Foie gras parfait with port wine and parmesan foam

iberico de bellota ham

Iberico de Bellota ham…

Joël Robuchon tomato bread
…with toasted tomato bread

Joël Robuchon macaroni
Macaroni in a Comté gratin, green asparagus and smoked veal bacon

joel robuchon kitchen

“like eating in the kitchen of an old friend; albeit a friend with impeccable taste”

“uncomplicated food presented beautifully”

“simplicity, imagination and unrivalled quality”

“the menu evolves with the seasons”

“a real joy of a restaurant”

Joël Robuchon oysters

Poached baby Kusshi oysters with French salted butter

Joël Robuchon vegetable
Confit of Mediterranean vegetables with fresh mint in a cannelloni

Joël Robuchon la cebette
White onion tart with smoked bacon, quail egg “mirror” and green asparagus

chateau fombrauge grand cru saint-emilion

2005 Château Fombrauge St. Émilion Grand Cru

joel robuchon wine service
“An in-your-face style of wine, the 2005 Fombrauge is a blend of 77% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The inky/purple color is followed by a big, sweet nose of chocolate fudge, jammy black cherries, blackberries, smoke, and pain grille. This chewy, powerful, decadent St.-Emilion is a modern-styled, impressively endowed, pure, intense wine.”  Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

joel robuchon burgers
Beef and foie gras burgers with caramelized bell peppers…

joel robuchon beef and foie gras burger
…and French fries

Joël Robuchon la hampe
French-style hanger steak with fried shallots

Joël Robuchon pommes puree
Mashed potatoes

Joël Robuchon les spaghettis
LES SPAGHETTIS à notre façon

Joël Robuchon les spaghettis
L’Atelier-style spaghetti

Joël Robuchon quail
Foie gras stuffed free-range quail with mashed potatoes

Joël Robuchon sweetbreads
Calf sweetbread with fresh laurel an stuffed romaine lettuce

l'atelier de joel robuchon las vegas

“the beauty of the room (like a red and black-lacquered Japanese box)”

Joël Robuchon la menthe
baked chocolate ganache, aerated devil’s food cake, fresh mint ice cream

Joël Robuchon la framboise
Fresh raspberry surprise inside white chocolate sphere, yuzu ice cream

Joël Robuchon la framboise

The signature dessert of Pastry Chef Kamel Guechida: LA FRAMBOISE

“a decadent, sweet dessert that takes guests on a culinary journey”

A white chocolate sphere filled with fresh raspberries, yuzu sorbet and mascarpone mousse, a warm raspberry and yuzu coulis is poured over the sphere which then opens up like a blooming flower.


Taste With The Eyes is 5 Years Old this Month!

I’m thrilled to be asking 5 extraordinary blogger friends to help me celebrate this milestone anniversary with Guest Posts on Taste With The Eyes. Never realizing back then all the friends I would make, how much I would learn, and the fun to be had – I’m even more excited about this hobby today than the day I started… It’s been quite a blessing. The theme for the anniversary is 5 Fabulous Blogger Friends in Honor of 5 Years of Blogging. Please help me welcome them in the coming weeks as they share their own unique and magical art of cuisine.

Joël Robuchon & Claude Monet
“Full Circle”

We experienced both L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Claude Monet’s “Cap Martin, Near Menton” in Las Vegas. In 1989 Chef Robuchon wrote the forward to the charming book Monet’s Table: The Cooking Journals of Claude Monet. This book has been a favorite of mine for many years, as it marries cooking and art, flavor and color, taste and beauty. It is authored by Claire Joyes, the wife of Madame Monet’s great-grandson. I’m especially enamored with the photographs of Monet’s dining table at Giverny.


“Having abandoned my native Poitou, I became a Parisian by adoption, to better practice the art I so loved. In 1980, while I was working as the chef de cuisine at the Hotel Nikko, I visited Claude Monet’s house is Giverny; I remember the occasion very vividly.

The garden flowers blended into a harmonious color scheme and the decor and design of the painter’s beautiful home were so innovative that I was greatly moved by them.

Inside the house, the large chrome-yellow dining room left me with the impression of a lavishly run household. I very much liked the huge, simply decorated, blue-tiled kitchen with its array of equipment and utensils, which for me evoked the delicious food that had been so lovingly prepared here. Perhaps this is where I unconsciously conceived the idea of the future ideal restaurant…

For your inventiveness, for your great generosity, for all these beautiful and great recipes, for these precious journals, the evidence of the great cooking of the past, for this wonderful lifestyle, Thank You, Claude Monet.”

Joël Robuchon

I hope Taste With The Eyes continues to inspire you just as reading your blogs and hearing your comments inspires me. I’m grateful for the knowledge, creativity, and joy this little hobby has brought into my life. It has turned into quite a passion over the past five years!

Giveaway – My Thank You Gift

I would like to GIVEAWAY  a copy of Monet’s Table, shipped from, as a token of my appreciation for your friendship and camaraderie over the past five years. Simply leave a comment on this post now through July 6th and you’ll be entered to win. Bonne chance et merci beaucoup!

Toujours Bon Appétit,
Lori Lynn

UPDATE: Congratulations to Liz, That Skinny Chick Can Bake, winner of Monet’s Table (chosen by and thank you to all for helping celebrate 5 years of Taste With The Eyes!

41 thoughts on “Joël Robuchon, Claude Monet & 5 Years of Taste With The Eyes”

  1. Fantastic meal by one of my favorite chefs of all time. Much congrats on the success of your blog. May you have many many more fruitful years of blogging. Taste With The Eyes is one of the best food blog I’ve come across.

  2. LL, I swear no one eats like you! I’m always at a loss for words when I come here, each post better than the last. We go back 5 years together and it has been pure joy to read each and every one of your inspiring posts. I’m honored that you asked me to do a guest post, I better kick it up a notch for Taste With The Eyes that’s for sure! Can’t wait for what you have in store for year six, I know I’ll be inspired beyond. One question though, can I borrow your brother for a couple of months??

  3. Have you seen the BBC movie The Impressionists? If not, you may enjoy it. Congratulations and many happy returns of the day. I am proud and honored to have been a reader since the early days.

  4. We were just in Vegas for our honeymoon and didn’t quite make it to either of Robuchon’s restaurants – I’m definitely putting one of them on the list for next time though =)

  5. Happy Blogiversary. This post makes me drool with that fabulous food and glorious shots. What a great experience for you but it’s nothing less than the wonderful food you create youself. That floral “painting” was really creative too, but that dessert – oh that dessert alone is worth a trip to Las Vegas. How I wish you had the recipe and instructions to recreate it. Looking forward to your guest bloggers.

  6. I am smitten!

    Congratulations and happy anniversary, Lori Lynn!
    Your blog is a gift that keeps on giving. I am always thrilled when a new post arrives.
    I could write a paean to all the sensations I experience while perusing your pictures and writing and feel spoiled to the tilt, each and every time. Merci beaucoup, and to many more years of fun and food!

  7. Congrats!! A toast to many more years of sharing your passion with us!!

    swoon ~ Beef and foie gras burgers with caramelized bell peppers…


  8. Toasting to your success. Granted with pepsi as I don’t drink but it’s the thought right.

    Okay I am going to admit something here, I cannot be allowed in places like this as I stick out like a sore thumb. See I would try to pick up that burger and eat it like a normal burger, then you’d be horrified then reduced to hysterical laughter and all heck would break loose. It’s why I’m only allowed in dives. Seriously.

    I am so happy I found you and your blog. I adore you both. Equally. Muah. Moi. xx

  9. What a beautiful restaurant (you are right, it looks like a lacquered box!) and gorgeous food! But then I realized that if you didn’t mention about the restaurant, I’d totally believe that you created all these dishes. Seriously, your food and presentation is just amazing as this restaurant.

    Congratulations on 5th anniversary. I have been enjoying your blog thoroughly and many more success to your blog. I can’t wait to celebrate with you again after 5 years!

  10. Whether it’s your own creations served in your warm and inviting environment or those of culinary luminaries like Joel Robuchon, your posts are always inspiring, always informational, and always artfully presented. It is always a joy to visit and I look forward to the next 5 years. Congratulations on a job oh-so-well done!

  11. You have some beautiful looking food on your site. I’ve been reading this blog since 2008, and it’s one of my tops for presentation inspiration. You do nice stuff, thanks and happy anniversary.

  12. Congratulations, 5 years that’s amazing!! My blog just turned 1 year, but wow 5!!
    I love, love Monet! In high school I used to do Monet “imitation” collages! He was a great painter, one of my favorites! Brings great memories. 🙂

  13. Congratulations, LL! What a spectacular dining experience – thank you for sharing it with us. I hope the Monet Cap Martin display is still at the Bellagio when I go to LV in August. Your deep-rooted love of gastronomy and artistic spirit is reflected here and is truly an inspiration to all who visit.

  14. Five years of blogging in this day and age is a monuments undertaking. Congratulations! The experience you describe here is one for the memory books Lori Lynn.

  15. Your photos are pieces of artwork and your recipes artwork in pieces. Congratulations on five years.

  16. I actually had this book 15 years ago, but managed to lose it during a move! Sob, sob. I would be delighted to win this book and enjoy it once again!

    Wow, Joel Robuchon! I have yet to try his restaurant! I forgot he has one in Las Vegas! It looks like Paris to me, though 🙂

  17. Wow, I’m thrilled!!! This will have special meaning since we just visited Giverny in June! Thank you!!!

    PS…I never knew that Julee Rosso was an A-Phi 🙂

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