We just returned to Connecticut after a trip which included Napa. We (my steak eating husband, teenage vegetarian son and I ) made the pilgrimage to French Laundry, Terra and Roux.
I loved French Laundry--the oyster and caviar in an oyster shell with tapioca was terrific--the desert, chocolate pyramid thing with maple sauce was didn't app[eal to me from the description, but turned out to be one of the best deserts I've eaten
My son, though dissing the experience, did not leave a bite over from his 9 course vegetarian tasting menu
The place really won me over in the beginning when they brought out the signature cornets with salmon--and had a beet based one for the kid--
This brings me to the disappointment with Roux--my food was fine--the duck with faro excellent, the eggplant napoleons for the men also good--the service was really second rate. I don't understand cucumber flavored tap water--everyone else seems to do fine with plain or lemon--the water tasted really off, and of course nvolved a purchase of bottled still water, which I think is restaurant racket--
But I was really surprised when, knowing that my son is a vegetarian(I mentioned it as the reason we couldn't order a tasting menu)they brought him a green salad with bacon--When the waiter finally checked back he sort of apologized --My son doesn't like ito make a fuss about food so we didn't do anything--but I think the place shold have comped the salad or given him a desert --or something--
This behavior contrasted with Terra where there was nothing vegetarian on the menu--BUT the waiter spent a while discussing the options with my son and ultimately preparing a fabulous assortment of vegetarian sides on one plate--Our food was also excellent
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