I have always thought of The French Laundry (TFL) as some sort of American treasure, as I have never heard of a restaurant so revered by the American public. However, in spite of decades of success and critical acclaim, I have never felt inclined to dine here. After reading several blogs, I vehemently believed that TFL would not be a new or exciting experience for me.
Naturally, when S informed me he wanted to go to TFL around the time of his birthday in December, I was quite averse to the prospect. But after giving it some thought, I felt that TFL had been a major influence in the culinary world for a significant amount of time, laying the foundation for many of today’s great chefs, and decided that dining here would be important for my gastronomical education.