As I have stated in other reviews, this visit to The French Laundry, was the climax to a wonderful 32nd anniversary getaway for my wife and myself. We had been looking forward to this meal for over two months. The restaurant will only except reservations two months, to the day, in advance. We began our week in Monterey and finished up in the beautiful Napa Valley. Our sons decided to grant one of our "Bucket List" wishes and presented us with a Gold gift certificate to the restaurant. They have three types of cards available, Silver ($750), Gold ($1500) and Black ($2500). The meal was supposed to be a nine course tasting menu with wine pairing , but because it was our anniversary, the staff opted for an eleven course feast. The portions are small and the plate are very large, but believe me when I tell you...we couldn't get past the ninth dish. Everything was so well presented and so rich that we had to take a stroll, afterwards, to work some of it off. If you have ever watched Iron Chef, on the Food Network, I don't envy the judges. This has to be some of the best food with the most attentive staff that I have EVER seen. The service is almost like a ballet. Plates were changed and wine was poured without the slightest interruption to our conversation. Yes, it is very expensive, but if you only experience it once in your life, it's something you'll always remember. They even gave us our personalized menus and a "goody bag" as we were leaving. I now understand why it has been voted the "Best Restaurant" in the country.
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