Originally Posted by iammatt
Well, in one way you are correct, but in another, they are all restaurants that attempt to provide an amazing dining experience. In that way they can be compared. Afterall, they are competitors.
I have only eaten at per se once, so perhaps I should not include it.
I have eaten at the French Laundry at least eight times and at Masa twice. Masa used to have a restaurant called Ginza SushiKo in Beverly Hills that was really the same thing he is doing now. I ate there many times before he left. I can say that my best meal at the French Laundry was not as good as the worst one I have had at Masa/Ginza. That is not to say I have ever had a bad meal at any of them.
My overall preference is for French, not Japanese cuisine. I just think that the French Laundry is highly overrated as is much else in Napa. I am a Napa native, so don't assume I hate the place. I also think that people have a hard time understanding Masa.
I definitely understand what you're saying, but it sounds more like you like Masa more than FL / Per Se, not that Masa is "better," just different in many ways.
I really like both restaurants. Maybe I'm biased (I know several people at Per Se) but I've always gotten a ridiculous number of extra courses, leaving me more than stuffed and extremely happy. That said, Masa is an incredible experience in itself, very much similar to the private dinners you could expect in Japan.