The French Laundry is a symphony of culinary genius. It has many talented musicians and the finest instruments that all come together to perform beautiful edible music. Our meal was so much more than just food but a form of performance art with many sensory delights. This restaurant has been on my bucket list for many years and we finally procured a coveted reservation. We would like to share this memorable meal with you.
“Oysters and Pearls”
“Sabayan” of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oyster and White Sturgeon Caviar
HAWAIIAN HEARTS OF PEACH PALM
Winter Radishes, Brokaw Avocado Mousse and Tender Garden Herbs
SAUTÉED FILLET OF PACIFIC YELLOWTAIL
Garden Eggplant “Conserva,” Nantes Carrots, Nasturtium Leaves and Sweet Curry Emulsion
SLOW COOKED BIG ISLAND ABALONE
Navel Orange, Belgian Endive, Cilantro Purée, Marcona Almonds and “Maltaise Mousseline”
“BREAD AND BUTTER”
Bitter Cocoa Laminated Brioche and Diane St. Clair’s Animal Farm Butter
SALMON CREEK FARMS KUROBUTA PORK
Chestnut “Ravioli,” Garden Turnips and Whole Grain Mustard Sauce
My beloved crumb sweeper appeared with a silver plated crumb tray and a matching fine tooth comb. You should have seen the smile on my face. We explained why I was so amused so she came back several times to sweep the table even though it was not needed.
HERB ROASTED ELYSIAN FIELDS FARM LAMB
La Ratte Potato Purée, Creamed Garden Kale, Amarosa Potatoes and Spanish Caper-Brown Butter Jus
CHARCOAL GRILLED SNAKE RIVER FARMS “CALO TTE DE BŒUF”
Matsutake Mushrooms, Broccoli Purée and Rosemary-Pine Nut Jus
This was a memorable meal. The final act was when they filled our table with numerous desserts. The waiter even brought us a bag with two tins of sugar cookies to-go. He asked us if we wanted to see the kitchens were the magic occurred. We took him up on this offer to witness a beehive of culinary activity. What a fun and flavorful meal. There is a reason this is a Michelin Guide 3-star rated restaurant and we got to experience it.. Someday we hope to return. When I returned home I hit the couch and still had a euphoric feeling from the symphony of culinary genius we had just experienced.