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Where is Ken Frank

Paul C.III | Feb 11, 200011:26 AM

Remembering Ken Frank from the original LA TOQUE in L.A.,went to his new LA TOQUE while in Napa recently. We were a party of six so that I had an opportunity to taste a number of dishes. I and another Chowhound had the special Truffle Dinner while other four ordered off the regular menu. Resturant is lovely with a glassed walled KITCHEN so that food prep is in full view.Perhaps observing the lack of personal involvement of Ken Frank in dinner prep somewhat colored the end result. Dish prep (cooking) was done by his two young sous-chiefs with N.F. assuming the role of Executive Chief. This lack of personal involvement especially in that glassed wall
environment is very disappointing and a turn-off especially where the price of dinning is tres expensive.
On to the food, Overall just average. The truffles lacked any intensity either as to flavor or aroma so that they added nothing to any of the dishes including the truffled ice cream dessert. Best individual dish was the foie gras, then the soup.
Recommendation skip LA TOQUE for now and dine at BISTRO JEANTY in Yountville serving wonderful classic bistro dishes.

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