Shortbread cookies – The French Laundry

Shortbread cookies - The French Laundry
The French Laundry, Yountville CA

Parting bag - The French Laundry
After our 5-hour long meal, we were given a parting bag filled with goodness! Ah, the folks at The French Laundry sure know how to send you off right. The shortbread cookies were super buttery and delicious! And I love the cute tin they came in. Makes you want to return for more!

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House-made chocolate truffles – The French Laundry

House-made chocolate truffles - The French Laundry
Ginger & rum, PB&J, bing cherry, olive oil, hazelnut crunch, and meyer lemon.
The French Laundry, Yountville CA

House-made chocolate truffles - The French Laundry
Another dessert freebie! I was SO full that I took my 3 truffles home. They didn’t look as shiny the next day, but they stil tasted AWESOME!

“Coffee and doughnuts” – The French Laundry

"Coffee and doughnuts" - The French Laundry
Cinnamon-sugared doughnut holes.

"Coffee and doughnuts" - The French Laundry
“Cappuccino semifreddo”, a mousse-like coffee dessert.
The French Laundry, Yountville CA

I guess this is a Thomas Keller signature combination that’s no longer available on the regular menu. We got it for free at the end of the meal (thanks again Olivia) and they were AMAZING!

Caramel covered macadamia nuts - The French Laundry
They also brought out a bowl of hard caramel-covered macadamia nuts. Yes, please!

“Marjolaine” – The French Laundry

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Praline mousse, “dacquoise”, meringue, and roasted banana sorbet. Chef’s Tasting Menu $270
The French Laundry, Yountville CA

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This was one of those desserts that has a lot of amazing components but I couldn’t seem to enjoy them all at once. It all tasted great, but I was left with a feeling of disappointment. The tiny pieces of bananas were amazing, lol!

Cream yogurt sherbet – The French Laundry

Cream yogurt sherbet - The French Laundry
Toasted oats, pomegranate, Oxalis and Osmanthus “nuage”. Chef’s Tasting Menu $270
The French Laundry, Yountville CA

Cream yogurt sherbet - The French Laundry
Ah, this was SO refreshing! I really liked the cream yogurt sherbet with the tart pomegranate arils and the crunchy oats. I don’t know what Osmanthus is supposed to taste like, but the “cloud” was cute enough.

Cream yogurt sherbet - The French Laundry
All done!

Elysian Fields Farm lamb – The French Laundry

Elysian Fields Farm lamb - The French Laundry
“Ribettes”, medjool dates, cauliflower, toasted cashews, and madras curry jus. Chef’s Tasting Menu $270
The French Laundry, Yountville CA

This was delicious! Oddly enough, the cauliflower puree was my favorite component. I loved its texture and flavor, and the toasted cashews were a perfect addition.

Post-dinner kitchen - The French Laundry
Post-dinner kitchen. We closed the restaurant and were treated to a little tour of the kitchen. You can see that they have it pretty much clean and closed up. I felt kind of bad for being the last table in the restaurant, but with all the additional courses we were served there was no way we could have finished any earlier. Aahhh! I thought it was also cool that they had a tv screen showing the Per Se kitchen in real time!