I must be very good this year, because last night I felt like I got a little visit from Santa when the Frenchman surprised me with dinner at one of the more sensational Paris restaurants, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. M. Robuchon has several Michelin stars to his name, not all of them in France. In fact, according to his website, he has restaurants in 10 cities across Europe, Asia and North America, including Las Vegas. L’Atelier was particularly inspired by what he saw at all the sushi bars and noodle joints when he was in Japan setting up a restaurant of his own. There is a huge emphasis on design, with lots of clean lines and sharp angles. Diners sit at a counter that encircles the kitchen, like a sushi bar, offering cuisine as entertainment. L’Atelier first opened where we dined, in the 6th Arrondisement, but it was so successful that he recently added a second address at the Drugstore on the Champs Elysées, making everyone’s favorite restaurant in Paris that much easier to sample.