A 4-year old named Lyla Hogan got an experience that most children her age don’t get.
She had the opportunity to sample a full tasting menu at The French Laundry. A world-renowned restaurant and one that Anthony Bourdain has called “the best restaurant in the world, period.” It officially won the award for the world’s best restaurant in 2003 and 2004.
Most adults would jump at a chance to have this experience but most children have simple tastes and like any little girl, one of her favorite foods is “good ice cream in a hard cone.”
Avocado and lime crème fraîche wrapped in a sesame-seed tuile
“I like the white part better than the green part.”
SUMMER MELON SOUP
Fresno Chili, Toasted Cashews, and Wild Arugula
“It tastes like a Tinker Bell popsicle.”
OYSTERS AND PEARLS
Sabayon of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and White Sturgeon Caviar
“It looks really not good.”
CITRUS-CURED PACIFIC YELLOWTAIL
Brokaw Avocado Purée, Cilantro Shoots, and Finger Lime Vierge
HEN EGG CUSTARD
With a Ragoût of Périgord Truffles
“The feather tastes like a potato chip.”
TOUR DE CANAPÉS VIANDE
JARDINIÈRE DE LÉGUMES
“Um, is this a flower? To eat? EWW. I’m keeping this. I’m gonna give it some water.”
SWEET BUTTER-POACHED MAINE LOBSTER
Black Mission Fig Jam, Garden Turnips, Marcona Almonds, and Wild Arugula
“UH OH. It’s shrimp. It IS shrimp. Shrimp! (It’s not shrimp.)”
RUSSET POTATO GNOCCHI
With freshly shaved truffles
“These diamonds look like coffee. Next, can we have pink diamonds???”
HERB-ROASTED ELYSIAN FIELDS FARM LAMB
Slow-Baked Ratatouille, Charred Eggplant Béchamel, Fino Verde Basil, and Kettle Garlic Jus
“This one isn’t delicious.”
CABOT CLOTHBOUND CHEDDAR
Garden Broccoli, Pain Perdu, Young Onions, Petite Lettuces, and Burgundy Mustard.
“But I don’t see any broccoli. It’s just a square with other stuff!”
Dessert – Lots of it!
BONBONS – Even More Dessert!
“LOOK they’re kissing!”
Lyla’s Report Card
Despite Lyla’s objection to some dishes, she loved her dinner at The French Laundry and apparently asked her mother when she can go again! If you love fine restaurants, here are other great restaurants with a view that will take your breath away.
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