The French Laundry - Yountville, California
The French Laundry restaurant is in a two story stone cottage that was built in the year 1900 and has been through it's share of history and renovations. Executive Chef Thomas Keller acquired the home in 1994 and kept the historic name of a steam laundry business established there in 1907. Since then Thomas Keller and The French Laundry have created a new standard for American cuisine and have received the highest accolades that a restaurant can get. The Fact that their rank on the World's Best Restaurants list dropped from 50 when I visited in September 2015 to number 85 on the 2016 list is quickly forgotten in shadow of their other more prestigious awards. The French Laundry has maintained the envious three Michelin Star rating every year since 2007, a feat on its own. Matched with Keller's other success stories, this makes him the only American born chef to ever have two three Michelin starred restaurants. The restaurant is also a member of both Relais & Chateaux and Les Grandes Tables du Monde - one of only nine in the U.S.
The meal was 7 courses not including amuse bouche and several dessert mignardise. Presentation was simple, but inventive and beautiful, service was 5 star. The food, my oh my, did I mention it was one of the best meals I've ever had? The flavors were wonderful and I made sure to consciously savor every bite. Just delicious and so much attention to detail. Champagne, sauterne and wine pairing were on point and can be customized for the meal, e.g. you can ask for X amount worth of pairings. Please enjoy my visual Dined There experience of The French Laundry, which as spectacular as the dishes look, do not compare to how they taste!
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