The French Laundry
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Member Reviews (26)
- The French LaundryMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Nov 06, 2013
I don't think there is much needed to be said about The French Laundry except it was the best meal I have had. The 4 hour lunch there was pure happiness that went by almost too quickly. Everything was perfect from beginning to the grand finale. Even little hiccups were quickly turned into surprises (extra dishes here and there when they brought out a wrong order or took away a plate too soon). What amazes me most is how warm and cozy the whole experience was. It was not easy to offer top notch fine dining service without being too formal and uptight.
One in a life time experience? Certainly. Sadly, dining here just once won't be enough. I might just celebrate every single special occasions here from now on.
- The French LaundryMember ofFoodiesWellnessLuxury Travelers+ 3Sep 17, 2013
A Gastronome's dream, course after course of perfection. Finest quality ingredients transformed into art on your plate. A must-do experience, at least once in your life. Service is spot-on and the meal unforgettable. Arrive with an empty stomach! The decor could use some help but that's not why anyone goes there, after all.
- The French LaundryMay 10, 2013
The French Laundry is a fantastic restaurant that is the pinnacle of wine country dining. It's a Thomas Keller restaurant, so expect big plates with little portions made from fresh local ingredients lovingly presented. Their wine list is excellent, their waiting list is SUPER LONG. So reserve months in advance for a dining experience you will never forget.
- The French LaundryMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersMar 08, 2013
I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed my meal at the French Laundry. The food, the little touches, the service and extreme attention to detail made it one of the most memorable and greatest meals I have had. As an example of the service - at one point I was sitting by myself as my dining companion had gone to the bathroom. The sommelier saw me seated alone and stood near my table, chatting with me until my companion returned from the bathroom - now THAT is service!
- The French LaundryMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14Dec 03, 2012
The food is fantastic. Flawless service, yet unpretentious. All dishes exquisitely presented although a couple of courses were not liked as much in taste as others, while most one could only describe as heavenly. An aesthetic experience, including the vast selection of dinnerware.
For a very special evening out adults only =)
- The French LaundryMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Nov 03, 2012
I give TFL 4.5 stars. It's not perfect.
It may not be the "best restaurant" I have ever been to (think Inn at Little Washington), but I can say that this is the "best restaurant" in California.
We opted for the Chef's Tasting Menu of $240 (service included) at 11AM.
The first course was the cauliflower "panna cotta" with Island Creek Oyster Glaze and Sterling White Sturgeon caviar. Yes, caviar. Personally, I don't like caviar, it's an acquired taste, so I didn't care too much for the first course. However, if I did like caviar, it was probably the best caviar experience I had thus far. Does that make sense?
Next was the foie gras which was a $30 supplement. There was orange relish and celery and truffle coulis. It was good enough to eat with different salts and as a spread, like a pate. Delicious, but not the best I've had (think Bastide in LA).
My favorite course was the tartare Bluefin tuna. It was divine, very fresh with radishes, hearts of Romaine, and hen egg emulsion. The marble potatoes were a little on the hard side. Not cooked enough, but other that that, it was perfect.
The next course was then the butter-poached Maine lobster with kale, glazed rutabagas, and curry sauce. I am not a fan of curry WITH lobster, so I did not care for this course. The lobster was poached perfectly, but the sauce was slightly too overbearing for me.
The Peking duck breast was next, served with apricots, sunchokes, and almonds. Seriously, not that spectacular. Maybe because I am Asian and I eat duck at least once a month. So, this course did not have the Wow factor like some would expect.
I chose the grilled pave of "kuroge wagyu" which is like Kobe beef, but not from Kobe. It was a $100 supplement. Was it worth it? Honestly, no. It's like a fatty tube of tiny steak. I preferred Michael Mina's Kobe better.
For desserts, the pear sorbet was my favorite. Refreshing and not too sweet.
The Valrhona chocolate "dobos" was decent, but not mind-blowing.
Food for two (including supplements) was $640
Wine was $80 (champagne)
Corkage for 2 wine bottles $100
EXTRA GRATUITY $125
Ummm, $1K lunch for 2. Was it worth it? Hmm, well, I am glad I ate here and I can say I did, but if I were to do it all over again, I would only stick strictly to the $240 pp tab and not go overboard like we did with all the supplements.
I drank too much wine and was planning to vomit at the hotel (shortly after the grandiose meal), but Ryan insisted that I should "hold it" since we spent $1K. So I did.
I am hoping to crap out a golden egg after that meal, too. I am still waiting. It's only Monday.
Overall, the service was impeccable and the food was very good.
If you have extra money underneath the mattress, go for it. Cash out before it's just a dream, baby.
- The French LaundrySep 13, 2012
A whopping price tag of $250 per person? Check.
A delicious 4 hour meal that will blow your mind? Check.
If you have the chance to dine here, jump at the opportunity! Most of our nation's up and coming chefs got their big break after training here. I will never forget the day I dined here!
- The French LaundrySep 13, 2012
French Laundry has long been on my list of "must try" restaurants. Heck! Let's be honest it was even on my bucket list. I was extremely excited when we landed reservations for Memorial Day weekend. In fact I had built up so much anticipation leading up to our visit I was worried that they would not meet my unreal expectations. Boy did French Laundry prove me wrong!!!
This was by far the best dining experience I have EVER experienced. Everything from the service to the food was top notch. You even get to look through the wine menu on an iPad! [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=w5dkDPo5y-OnXEd8VsVC-w]
Service: The service was excellent. Definitely worthy of 3 Michelin stars. The staff is incredibly attentive. Prior to the meal the menu and various options are thoroughly explained and water glasses were promptly filled. Wine suggestions were also provided for each course, without any pressure to actually purchase.Their work is extremely intricate and precise. Our plates were presented to each person in synchronized fashion. Plating and silverware were also precisely set down and replaced during each transition. Honestly, the service was perfect. I really can't think of anything to complain about.
The food was AMAZING! There wasn't one element of the meal that I did not like. Everything was wonderful. Here is what we had:
Each section is a separate course. (+++) Denotes my selections in the course which had supplemental options.
+++ Salmon Served atop a Black Sesame Cone filled with Onion Creme Fraiche [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=d-1LV0G0VXi-H0fTqX-tgg] -- The salmon was very fresh and the black sesame cone was light and flaky. It all went well with the onion creme fraiche.
+++ Gruyere Cheese Puff- This was a delicious cheese puff filled with melted gruyere cheese. Yumm!
+++ Oysters and Pearls [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=QjcnMg6o4Ru0pboVc4pikA] - This apparently been on the menu for 16 years! It was absolutely delicious! The oysters were wonderful in the creamy sabayon with pearl tapioca. And the caviar added just the right amount of salt. This dish was even served with a mother or pearl spoon so that metal of a spoon would not affect the caviar's taste.
+++ Foie Gras [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=XEduvDop6p0jIfEbSnd0pw] - I have previously eaten Foie Gras at other fine dining establishments and didn't particularly like it. This dish definitely changed my mind. It was super rich and silky smooth. Lightly seasoned, topped with apricot and an onion relish. We were able to play with different salts from around the world which varied in granularity and taste.
* Asparagus Salad [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=Ma_iw0F6rZMD6g2_5Z_nIw]
* Mackerel [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=xKY__VDe_SX4DBokQLMoNQ] - Lightly cured and served with hear of palm. Strong flavor, even for Mackerel.
+++ Mediterranean Durade [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=A0t6y3lADxF979_1yijCYw] - Perfectly flakey while the skin was crisp. Served with morel mushrooms and purple top turnips. Delicious!
+++Lobster served with Strawberry Nuage and Peas [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=9yJKxqeTwyehfYxwYKxa7Q] - This was a unique dish. I thought it was interesting to have strawberry paried with lobster. Suprisingly the went well together.
* Rabbit [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=9wv_powKBOlz55oI1oqyAw]
+++ Roasted Pork Cesar [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=tT3J_kYJVejOUrq_67vVMA] - Delicious Leand and Crispy cooked pork belly served as a deconstructed ceaser salad. Very tasty!
+++Lamb Tenderloin [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=XJ0c_YcS8U2AiNh4mccsPA] - Perfectly cooked medium rare served with sweet peppers, fava beans, and globe artichokes.
+++ Cheese Course [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=z4R8KHOijoZXkpqV1sXXiQ]
+++ Blueberry Sorbet [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=vLTcQE_tjtY--OlWBx_aQg] - Served with white honey and lemon ice. Very refreshing!
* White Chocolate Mousse [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=t-TNq7H9O1wY5c_82bL9-A]
+++ ILE Flottante [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=cuJtQsyKd9upfyTipXW-EA] - Lemon grass, Kumquat, Black Sesame, and gigner anglaise
+++ Donut Holes, Cappuccino Mouse, Macadamia Nuts rolled in Salted Caramel and Chocolate[http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=gCFDApw2ZVWrRmhOAjtG3Q]
+++ Chocolates [http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/T20VEwi7AzKbY2TuVEt_ig?select=p1obgiIF8-KXbKa_QClSsQ]
It was definitely a lifetime experience!