A friend from out of town asked if I was interested in going to The French Laundry in several weeks. I said that if we could get in, absolutely! He managed to secure a reservation for an 8:30pm on a Sunday, leveraging the concierge benefit at American Express Platinum Card to get us in. The French Laundry is one of the two 3-star Michelin restaurants located in the Napa Valley. We were staying in downtown Napa, so we gave ourselves plenty of time to get to the restaurant. We ended up walking into the restaurant more than a half-hour early for our reservation. They did not seem to have a problem seating us so early, so we were led upstairs to the smaller dining room.
They offer two menus – the standard menu and a vegetarian menu.
The standard menu had some options, where on the first and second courses, you could upgrade to a different course for a supplemental fee. Additionally, for the main meat course, they offered a substantial upgrade. There were 10 courses listed on the menu, but there was an amuse bouche course and a final offering of chocolates. The vegetarian menu had no upgrade options available. Both basic menus were the same price.
The wine cellar holds 60,000 bottles. The wine list is on an iPad and is quite amazing. There is a list of wines by the glass. And just as a sample, I took some photos of a few of the Burgundy wines.
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