|Made it to The French Laundry!|
Yountville itself is a small, sleepy little town, but with high calibre restaurants lining Washington Street, you can imagine that finding accommodations there can be pretty difficult, at least at a reasonable price. Instead, we opted to rent a car to drive there from San Francisco, and stay overnight in a hotel in Sonoma. Sonoma is just over an hour by car from San Francisco, and Yountville is about 35 minutes from Sonoma. So getting a reservation and physically getting to The French Laundry requires quite a bit of effort.
|Sabayon of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters|
and White Sturgeon Caviar
|"Rouelle" of White Sturgeon and Garden Chard|
|Sweet Butter Poached Main Lobster|
|Slow Roasted Salmon Creek Farms Pork Breast|
|Cookies and Cream|
The chefs tasting menu was almost like a marathon, with so many dishes to consume, the servers were used to gauging when diners needed a longer break before continuing on. They were also used to giving diners encouragement, as I could hear them telling diners at other tables who were overwhelmed by the sheer number of courses that they had confidence in the diners that they could finish the tasting menu.
|Cappuccino Semi Freddo|
There’s apparently no such thing as a single dessert on a Chef’s Tasting Menu at The French Laundry. Dessert was a multi course affair itself! It started with a play on cookies and cream with a cookies and cream ice cream which was smooth without being overly rich or sweet, the cookie crumbs giving the ice cream a delightfully dichotomous texture of creamy and crunchy. There was also a chocolate ganache cake, macarons, chocolate covered macadamia nuts, and their version of coffee and donuts. Their donuts were brioche donuts tossed in cinnamon sugar, served with a cappuccino semi freddo which was airy and tasted strongly of espresso.
|Chocolate Ganache Cake|
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The French Laundry
6640 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
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