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French Laundry

hezmodo | Apr 2, 2005 04:13 PM

Folks, I gotta tell you I finally had my evening at the French Laundry. We chose the 9 course tasting menu with wine pairing, and it was unbelievable. The food was, in fact, utterly amazing and we were fortunate to choose a night that Chef Keller was in house and the menu featured some of his more famous dishes, such as the butter poached lobster, and tapioca custard with Osetra caviar and kumamoto oysters. the fois gras, both seared and terrine, was out of this world. I could go on and on about this and tell you everything we had (they gave us the menu with the wine pairings), but it would only be an unfair tease. The downside was the wine pairings. I found the sommelier to be less than attentive about what regions/varietals we are particularly fond of, and served up some awful oaky california wines that seriously detracted from the dishes he paired them with. Our meal was $200 per person, plus $300 for the wines. All told, we had a whopping $1500 bill that we now have pinned to our wall as a reminder that our mortgage is due. Would I do it again? Sure... in a couple of years. Would I do it the same way? No. I'd order a couple of bottles of wine that I like and skip the pairings. they charge a $50 corkage, so bringing my favorite Kermite Lynch would be far to pricey. I think everyone should experience FL at least once, though I hear that Bouchon is just as good, though in a different way. The service is impeccable, and although top notch and classy, one doesn't feel gauche when wondering what to do with that strange utensil that comes with the fois gras and the fish (I knew what it was, but they just kind of toss it on the table, assuming that everyone uses those things on a regular basis). My son, a chef, speculated that it might be a high-end spork.

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