I have been looking forward to dining at this restaurant for over a decade. Since it has taken me this long to come back to Napa Valley after other travels around world tasting the best foods around the Globe. The $270 tasting menu is not what it´s advertised to be. For $270 anywhere around the world, for a 7 course prix fixe meal, the food should be exquisite. This restaurant has so many supplements on each of the items that it is impossible to eat at this price. For example, the soft poached buckeye hen egg was excellent with black truffles was an additional $100. We started off with the oysters and pearls which was presented beautifully and the taste was fantastic. The salad of Hawaiian Hearts of Peach palm with strawberry bavarois, cucumbers and black peppercorn aigre' doux is basically a fancy way of saying let me get rid of my veggies from the garden, give it a fancy name and stick it into the menu. The sauteed fillet of pacific Medai was mediocre, sweet butter poached maine lobster with corn ragout, tomatoes and garden lovage was tasteless. The farm Poularde Rillete was basically a lovely seared piece of canned bits of chicken in a lovely presentation. The charcoal grilled Japanese Wagyu with bordelaise sauce was way over seasoned. I had 10 glasses of water over dinner. I hate to drink water during my meals and some plates were so salty I had to drink the water. By the end of my meal, the air conditioning had blown in the restaurant due to the heat wave, I wanted to just get the hell out of there. The service was fantastic and the presentation looked beautiful but
isn't this all about the food? Chef Keller, your reputation is at stake here. You are one of the most revered chefs in the world. You are untouchable. But your staff not only made the food mediocre at best, but I was angry when I left the restaurant after I paid $1000 for my husband and I to eat dinner. I don´t think anyone should leave a restaurant feeling this way after spending this type of money and put 2 1/2 hours of investing their time at the restaurant. I would not recommend anyone to come to this restaurant for this type of quality, taste and expense. I recommend Michelin to take a hard look at giving their coveted stars.
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