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I thought FL had a 9 course tasting menu. Am I wrong? Russkar in LA mentioned 16 courses.

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  1. nine courses, but they also give a lot of complementary courses, so it ends up near 16.

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    1. re: jsaimd

      What are the complementary courses - savory/sweet???

      1. re: lizziee

        Both. Mostly savory at the beginning, very small bites, amuse bouche. There were extra sweets at the end if I recall correctly.

    2. He's probably including amuses bouche, palate cleansers, the assorted dessert bon bons, and the icy cold stares served up by reception.

      1. I've read that you can have a 16-course tasting menu on request.

        1. With amuse, mignardise, and multiples on a theme, I was given 18 courses (20 if you count three versions of white truffle):

          1. Gougeres
          2. Salmon Cornets
          3. Cauliflower "Panna Cotta" with Beau Soleil Oyster Glaze and Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar
          4. Moulard Duck "Foie Gras Au Torchon" with Sunchokes, Pomegranate Kernels, Marinated Beet "Ribs" and Sicilian Pistachio Purée
          5. Truffles on Risotto; Truffles on Tagliatelle; Truffles on Gnocchi
          6. Extra Virgin Olive Oil-Poached Fillet of St. Peter's Fish with Braised Cardoons, "Piperade," Young Parsley, and Nicoise Olive Emulsion
          7. Sweet Butter-Poached Maine Lobster Tail with Caramelized Pearl Onions, Melted Swiss Chard, Scallion Filaments, and Maple-Sherry Vinegar Sauce
          8. Four Story Hill Farm Milk-Fed "Poularde" Mendocino Coast Cepe Mushrooms, Hearts of Romaine Lettuce, and Juniper Balsamic "Jus"
          9. Elysian Fields Farm Lamb Rib-Eye with Savoy Cabbage, Salsify, Glazed Sweet Carrots, "Petit Salé" and Grain Mustard Sauce
          10. "Epoisse" - "Degustation" of New Crop Potatoes and "Sauce Périgourdine"
          11. Persian Lime Sorbet
          12. "Feijoa Sorbet with Maui Pineapple Relish and Angel Cake
          13. "S'Mores" - Cashnew Nut "Parfait," Caramel "Délice" and "Sauce a la Guimauve Flambée
          14. Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter "Crémeaux" with Gros Michel Banana Sorbet, Salted Spanish Peanuts, and Toscano Black Chocolate Sauce
          15. "Charlotte Aux Poires et aux Dates" with Bartlett Pear Sorbet, "Japonais," Candied Hazelnuts, and Pear Coulis
          16. Coffee and Donuts
          17. Coffee with Miniature Creme Brulée
          18. Mignardise