Yountville: The French Laundry, The Meal / by Alice Zhao

Ladies and Gentlemen
I present to you
The Meal.

First Impressions

Salmon Tartare with Sweet Red Onion Creme Fraiche

Oysters and Pearls
"Sabayon" of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and White Sturgeon Caviar

Salad of Hawaiian Hearts of Peach Palm
French Laundry Garden Radish, Black Sesame, Mizuna and Hass Avocado Puree
Moulard Duck "Foie Gras Au Tourchon"
Granny Smith Apples, Belgian Endive, Toasted Brioche and Dijon Mustard

Sauteed Fillet of Atlantic Halibut
Sunchokes, King Trumpet Mushrooms, Watercress and "Sauce Genevoise"
Grilled Escabeche of Spanish Mackerel
Tokyo Turnips, Compressed Cucumbers and Perilla Shoots

Sweet Butter-Poached Maine Lobster Tail
Navel Orange, Celery Branch and Black Truffle Coulis

Salmon Creek Farms Pork Belly
Swiss Chard, "Soubise" and Sour Cherry Sauce
"Poelee De Ris De Veau"
Garden Cauliflower, Marcona Almonds and "Saucce Grenobloise"

Elysian Fields Farm "Selle D'Agneau Rotie Entiere"
Petit Sale", Yukon Gold Potatoes, Sweet Peppers, Green Garlic, Arugula and Pimenton Sauce

"Mrs Quicke's Cheddar"
Gratin of Arrowleaf Spinach with Medjool Dates

Ruby Red Grapefruit Sorbet
Pistachio "Pain de Genes" and Mascarpone

French Laundry Dessert
Braised Golden Pineapple
Spiced Sweet Rice Beignets, Dark Raisin Coulis and Long Pepper Sherbet
"Mousse Au Chocolat Amedei"
Gros Michel Banana Ice Cream, Candied Cashews and Curry "Arlette"

I find it very hard to describe this meal so I'll keep it short. In all honesty, I'd have to say that this meal wasn't mind blowing. But it was cleverly crafted, perfectly executed, and amazingly fresh and rich. Now that we've got The French Laundry crossed off our list, we're ready to move on! El Bulli, here we come (just kidding! wait, no I'm not).

The French Laundry6640 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-2380