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The French Laundry: Yountville, CA

posted on February 16, 2008 at 6:25 pm
Someone was smiling down on me when I scored a coveted lunch reservation at The French Laundry for lunch today–my friend’s birthday. It was just an overall wonderful experience. The service was perfection and the food was fresh and seasonal–exactly what you would expect from chef Keller. There is really nothing more to say than that. To pick apart each dish would be a crime. It was worth the visit and you should go if you ever have the opportunity. Kudos to Keller and his team for creating a meal worth remembering.

The French Laundry: Yountville
The minute I saw this sign, my heart started racing like I was going on a blind date.

The French Laundry: Yountville
The French Laundry building.

The French Laundry: Yountville
The courtyard outside the restaurant.

The French Laundry: Yountville
The door to the restaurant.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Our menu which they personalized, at my request, for my friend’s birthday.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Napkin and branded clothespin.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Salmon tartare coronets filled with creme fraiche.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Gougères to help start the meal off right.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Cauliflower “panna cotta” with Island Creek oyster glaze and Sterling White Sturgeon caviar.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Assortment of salted and unsalted butters (at perfect temperature, I might add).

The French Laundry: Yountville
One of the many gorgeous breads from Bouchon Bakery.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Salad of golden chanterelle mushrooms, first of the season fava beans, hearts of romaine and red pepper essence.

The French Laundry: Yountville
“Tartare” of Kindai bluefin tuna with Tokyo turnips, English peas, Jacobsen’s Farm radishes and garden mint “aigre-doux.”

The French Laundry: Yountville
Sweet butter-poached Maine lobster tail with cara cara orange, glazed sunchokes, nicoise olive emulsion and squid ink.

The French Laundry: Yountville
All-day braised Kurobuta pork belly, Yukon gold potato “confite,” frisee lettuce and preserved green tomato vinaigrette.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Elysian Fields Farm lamb ribeye “et son plat de cote,” melted swiss chard, green garlic and glazed fennel bulb.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Mrs. Quicke’s cheddar with “Branston pickle” and cilantro shoots.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Diane St. Claire’s Buttermilk Sherbet with spiced streusel and honey-glazed cranberry.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Valrhona Chocolate “Dobos” with chestnut butter, candied chestnuts and brown bread ice cream.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Granny smith apple “bavarois” with cinnamon “sable,” dijon mustard ice cream and crystallized Napa Valley mustard blossoms.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Tahitian vanilla creme brulee.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Meyer lemon pot de creme.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Mignardises: Caramel and chocolate covered nuts.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Mignardises: amaretto cookies.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Mignardises: assorted sweets.

The French Laundry: Yountville
Mignardises: assorted sweets.

The French Laundry: Yountville
The bill, cookies and branded clothespin to take home.

The French Laundry: Yountville
The new 2-acre organic garden manned by our very own, Tucker Taylor.

RESTAURANT INFORMATION:
Address: 6640 Washington St, Yountville, CA
Phone: (707) 944-2380
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12 comments

  • Re: The French Laundry: Yountville, CA
    posted by: Leslie · February 17, 2008  6:10 AM

    What a divine looking meal. I drool with jealousy!

  • Re: The French Laundry: Yountville, CA
    posted by: Erin · February 17, 2008  7:27 AM

    I’m so jealous–it looked wonderful!

  • Re: The French Laundry: Yountville, CA
    posted by: Paulie · February 17, 2008  7:39 AM

    How many people ate for $517?

  • Re: The French Laundry: Yountville, CA
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · February 17, 2008  8:21 AM

    Paulie: 2 people.

  • Re: The French Laundry: Yountville, CA
    posted by: Waylo · February 17, 2008  9:57 AM

    Such is the price of perfection…

  • Re: The French Laundry: Yountville, CA
    posted by: Jonathan · February 17, 2008  12:30 PM

    So many deserts. Is that typical?

  • Re: The French Laundry: Yountville, CA
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · February 17, 2008  9:34 PM

    I guess anything is possible…
    But, in most “fine dining” meals I’ve had (such as this one, the dessert course is followed with various sweets to choose from. We were stuffed.

  • Re: The French Laundry: Yountville, CA
    posted by: Gifted Gourmet · February 17, 2008  11:09 PM

    This is precisely the type of review I have often read about on this amazingly creative restaurant … you have gotten the highpoints and your photos complement the text to perfection … I see nothing unusual about the bill because I spent almost as much at Manresa on a tasting dinner by Chef David Kinch, who is not unlike Thomas Keller …
    Excellent work, as always, Jen!

  • Re: The French Laundry: Yountville, CA
    posted by: Barton · February 17, 2008  11:46 PM

    was 517 or however much with wine pairings for two? if so, great price!

  • Re: The French Laundry: Yountville, CA
    posted by: Leslie Ann · February 18, 2008  3:07 PM

    You are so lucky. I have been to the other Keller restaurant Bouchon, which was great, but I know does not hold a candle to Laundry.

  • Re: The French Laundry: Yountville, CA
    posted by: Sean · February 26, 2008  2:57 PM

    you didn’t order any wine?

  • Re: The French Laundry: Yountville, CA
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · February 26, 2008  3:00 PM

    Nope. I normally don’t like to drink during the day especially when we had plans to be out very late that night for my friend’s bday.

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