Thanks for all the great responses! A number of you have asked how much that super meal cost.
We had almost double the number of courses you get with the Digustation menu, but they only charged us the regular prix fixe! Yet another reason to laud Guy Savoy--who would have expected a meal like that to be a bargain?
In France, gratuity is included in the price of the dishes. You are expected to tip additionally only if you found the meal astounding, above and beyond. Obviously we tipped heavily! Here's the total break down:
The red wine, a 1/2 bottle: about $100
The white, a 1/2 bottle of Merseault: about $60
The Yquem, a 1/2 bottle, 1991: $350
TWO meals, complete with gratuity: $240
Additional tips to the wait staff: $100
Tip to the doorman: $13
DVD (a souvenir): $20
Total: let's call it $900
Obviously the bulk of this was in the wines, not to mention exuberant tipping. This is not our record: we paid about $900 for a meal at Le Cirque 2000 in Manhattan and found it wanting (at that price), but we paid $1100 for our meal at French Laundry and considered it a bargain (that was our #1 meal until Guy Savoy unseated it).
It's not a cheap evening, but once a year or so, it's worth it to put on the dog and do it right. Most of our other meals, even other Michelin 3-star meals, were considerably less expensive. And a place like Cartet was positively cheap, but wound up being almost as wonderful an experience. See our site (link below) if you're curious.
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