So, I saw Thomas Keller. I ate at THE French Laundry. My world is basically complete. A fabulous meal in a great town. In my life I've never had better (1) beef, and, (2) pork. I spent most of my meal saying "holy god" and trying to discreetly take photos (which mostly came out blurry). Details below!
The French Laundry Chef's Tasting Menu for May 26th, 2007:
with Beau Soleil Oyster Glaze
and Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar
SALAD OF MARINATED GOLDEN BEETS
Jacobsen's Farm "Mars" Onions, Cippolini Onions,
Mizuna LEaves and Yuzu-Infused Wildflower Honey
MOULARD DUCK "FOIE GRAS EN TERRINE"
Pickled Pearl Onions, Shaved Cornichons,
Peach-Mustard Puree and Frisee
SLOW-COOKED FILLET OF BLACK BASS
Garden Carrots, Lilly Bulbs, Spring Garlic, Pea Shoots and Pili Nut-Coconut Broth
PACIFIC KAHALA "TARTARE"
Fava Beans, Piquillo Peppers, Green Almonds, Nicoise Olives,
Spanish Saffron Emulsion and Cilantro Shoots
NEW BEDFORD SEA SCALLOP "POELE"
"Ragout" of Green Asparagus with Sunchoke Puree
and Black Truffle Emulsion
GINGER-GLAZED KUROBUTA PORK BELLY
Sauteed Baby Mustard Greens, Tokyo Turnips and Natural "Jus"
BOUILLON-POACHED ELYSIAN FIELDS FARM LAMB RIBEYE
Globe Artichokes "en Barigoule," Yukon Gold Potato Confit,
Arrowleaf Spinach and "Sauce d'Agneau avec ses Cotes"
HERB-ROASTED SIRLOIN OF AUSTRALIAN WAGYU
Cepe Mushrooms, Glazed Broccolini, Crispy Bone Marrow and "Sauce Bordelaise"
Fennel Bulb, Toasted Pine Nuts,
50 Year-Old Sherry Vinegar and Watercress
MANILLA MANGO SORBET
Black Sesame Tuile, "Goma Nougatine,"
Papaya Salad and Coconut Sauce
"COMPOSITION DE CHOCOLAT ITALIEN"
Amedei Gianduja Chocolate "Creme Patissiere,"
Toscano Nut Brownie and "Nougat Glace"
French Laundry Garden Lemon Verbena Ice Cream,
Vanilla "Genoise" and Summer Berry "Compote"
At the end, we were also given Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee and a kind of strawberry/raspberry mini trifle.
Next time: the vegetarian tasting menu.