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French Laundry, one more precinct reporting

Judith Hurley | Oct 10, 200411:06 PM

I've occasionally checked in on all the French Laundry discussions on this board, and today at lunch I finally got the opportunity to have the experience, thanks to some friends who managed to get a reservation.

We had the full tasting menu, all of which seemed extraordinary to me. There was something to please everyone, but IMHO the real stunners were the cauliflower "panna cotta" with beau soleil oyster glace and Iranian osetra caviar , the vacharin with sour cherry relish and cinnamon gastrique and the pommegranate sorbet with toasted almond streusel and sauvignon blanc gelee.

The service was lovely, precise and warm but not overbearing, the setting is charming. The price is off the charts. You just have to decide you're willing to go the price of admission, and forget about it . . .it's really not about "worth" or "value," as we conventionally meaure those things. It's sui generis. In today's world that's rare, and probably priceless.

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