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The French Laundry

6640 Washington St. (Creek St.) Send to Phone
707-944-2380 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Chef-proprietor Thomas Keller’s iconic Yountville destination. Thomas Keller is GAYOT's 2013 Best Restaurateur in the U.S.

 Read a profile of chef Thomas Keller and check out GAYOT's review of his The French Laundry Cookbook.
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Dining room at The French Laundry, Yountville, CA

The French Laundry Restaurant Review

: NOTE: WHILE THE FRENCH LAUNDRY KITCHEN UNDERGOES A MAJOR RENOVATION, CHEF-PROPRIETOR THOMAS KELLER EXERCISES HIS EXEMPLARY CULINARY SKILLS IN A TEMPORARY KITCHEN. There are few restaurants where dining inspires a pilgrimage. The French Laundry’s vortex compels zealots from around the world. Many document their odyssey here, relaying every detail from the hard-to-score reservation to the journey beyond the blue door. Each bite is recalled in detail to those who live to hear about it and sigh, anticipating their own someday passage into culinary adulthood. The wizardry unfolds inside chef-proprietor Thomas Keller’s understated French country sanctum where two daily-changing nine-course prix-fixe meals (Chef’s Tasting Menu, $295; Vegetable Tasting Menu, $295) are executed in Harry Potter-like fashion --- one wonders if the perfect execution isn’t magic? Behold the “Oysters and Pearls,” “sabayon” of pearl tapioca with Island Creek oysters and white sturgeon caviar. Butter-poached Maine lobster pairs with Sacramento Delta asparagus, English peas and tomato confit and “béarnaise mousseline,” while squab is herb-roasted and complemented by garden turnips, poached rhubarb and a “sauce Périgourdine.” Chocolate, ice cream, fruit and candies comprise the “Assortment of Desserts.” The cheese course is composed and presented in the same labor-intensive fashion as the rest of the meal, with accompaniments that have included pickled pearl onions, broccoli and whole-grain mustard. The wine list is appropriately extensive. Servers have telepathic powers; they are intuitive, scrupulously precise and deliberately paced, allowing you to soak in the three or four hour experience that, alas, seems to vanish all too soon.

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French Laundry is SO not worth what they charge you.
by aanraku on Wed Sep 17, 2008 3:18 pm
 
We dined with a party of ten in Sept. 2006 and 2007. At our 2007 seating they forgot the promised birthday cake and 5 of the 9 dishes were the same as the previous year. When we emailed and asked them to vary the menu, they called us personally and said, "If you don't like what I serve, don't come." We cancelled and will now dine at Gary Danko's in S.F., a much better restaurant. French Laundry is SO not worth what they charge you.
 
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