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hungryman0930 Aug 24, 2009 10:35 PM

IM GOIN TO THE FRENCH LAUNDRY ON SEPT. 20, ANY SUGGESTIONS, BRING WINE?
CAN YOU TAKE PICS?

  1. Midlife Sep 16, 2009 03:56 PM

    Just had dinner there Monday night (9/14). One of our servers (there were probably 6 or so beside the main one) said that people take pictures all the time, though they hope they do it without flash or tripods. We had the impression that there isn't much they wouldn't do for a guest.

    Don't get me started on a description. I haven't got two hours to describe the nearly four hour event. Let's just say it was amazing. After dinner we were peaking though the kitchen windows out in the courtyard garden when one of those servers came out and asked if we wanted to go inside the kitchen. They put us in what was obviously a specifically selected spot and we had a brief conversation with the head chef for the evening while the staff worked feverishly in the spotless kitchen behind him. The presentation of EVERYTHING they do is exquisitely orchestrated - from the custom made sterling silver presentation for tiny cones of salmon tartare w/ creme fraiche,to the way the staff serves courses with ballet-like precision (watch them at a large table if you can). Oh............. stop me!!!

    Their wine is at about 4 times retail, I think, which is on the high side. If you're bringing in a $50+ bottle, a $50 corkage is reasonable in comparison, though etiquette say to check their online wine list so you don't bring in something they serve. If you choose to go with their list, half-bottles are a great way to go for just two of you. We did a Kongsgaard Chard and a Domaine Serene Pinot and were very happy campers.

    1. bbulkow Aug 25, 2009 10:33 AM

      The french laundry has an exceptional wine list. I'm fond of the half bottle list, which is quirky and interesting. If you're just two people, it's an excellent choice - and you're not worried about the mark-up, are you?

      Have fun, it's an experience - although I'm still buzzed by my tasting menu at Ubuntu - far more daring and challenging - although many elements of TFL were more polished.

      1. wolfe Aug 25, 2009 06:22 AM

        Of course you may bring wine. Read up on the rules in this thread.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/640107

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          tstrum Aug 25, 2009 09:52 AM

          The corkage is high: like $50 per bottle. That was last year, it could be more now. The wine list is marked up about 300% so beware.

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