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FOTK Jul 11, 2006 01:01 PM

Is there anything that is 'French Laundryesk' in this area. I'm looking for a restaurant that is on par with michelin 3 star restaurants in NY or Europe. If there is just simply nothing like this; what about Chef's who they say will be the next big thing. Thank you for your help.

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  1. aureliano buendia RE: FOTK Jul 11, 2006 06:19 PM

    Bernardus Lodge, in Carmel Valley is supposed to be one of the best in the US. I like Stokes Adobe in downtown Monterey. Also Fresh Cream in Monterey.

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      kitchenguy2 RE: FOTK Jul 11, 2006 06:20 PM

      The only "Frenchlaundryesque" restaurant in this area I'd consider is L'Auberge Carmel. For the experience you are seeking, you should sit in the main dining room, not their Bistro area.

      I believe the main restaurant is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

      Bouchee has good food, but not as many of the luxury ingredients like you might find in NY, or Europe.

      Marinus at the Bernardus Lodge also has very good food, and it is just personal tastes that have made me suggest L'Auberge over them. I believe you can get a large tasting menu at Marinus as well.

      Sierra Mar in Big Sur has the most beautiful dining room in the area. The food is very good, but after a glass of wine or two with dinner, the drive back to civilization can be a bit hairy.

      I Hope this information is helpful to you.

      1. Pablo RE: FOTK Jul 11, 2006 06:30 PM

        I will second Marinus. Have't done Sierra Mar, but I would suggest staying the night at the Post Ranch if you do. Or take a drive up to Los Gatos for Manresa, this would be the most FL-esque in the area.



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          jaweino RE: FOTK Jul 12, 2006 05:44 AM

          L'Auberge de Carmel is the only place that I consider in the same category as French Laundry. You should plan 3 hours for dinner. Here's a link to a previous thread on it


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            jimctgc RE: FOTK Jul 12, 2006 06:29 PM

            Nice job Kitchenguy2.

            Ditto L'Auberge. Ditto Marinus. Haven't been to Sierra Mar but I hear it's good and you're right about the drive.

            I've had a good meal or two at Fresh Cream, but it's not on par with French Laundry.

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              turbow RE: FOTK Mar 3, 2007 06:12 AM

              Has anyone eaten here since the chef Walter Manzle left a few months ago? It had been outstanding, but wondering if things are different with a new chef.

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                Food Tyrant RE: FOTK Mar 4, 2007 08:09 PM

                Same team sans Walter. Tim the new Exec Chef opened the hotel with Walter and is a very fine cook.

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