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Going to French Laundry for the first time, need some suggestions

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Saltricks, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. gomestar

    gomestar Senior member

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    +1, this is a good idea. I'd simply ask for delicious wines that are versatile with the menu that night, or do the wines by the glass.
     
  2. HgaleK

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    You won't get the "Oh. Well, I know who's not going to be tipping me tonight. " and subsequent inattentive service if you mention you're a student?
     
  3. foodguy

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    service compris!
     
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    Considering service is included, probably not.
     
  5. gomestar

    gomestar Senior member

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    but you're apparently supposed to tip something extra even though service is already included?
     
  6. foodguy

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    of course you can if you choose. but it's an extra 2% to 3% (to get to 20%) and i don't think it's really that critical. OTOH, if they set you up with wine pairings that knock your socks off and do it within your budget, that probably deserves a couple bucks.
     
  7. kwilkinson

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    Not only would bringing in a wine thats on the list be a major faux pas, but it probably wouldnt even be allowed. I know I dont allow people to bring in wine that I sell.
     
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    Ah, thanks. That makes the pricing look a hint more reasonable.
     
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    yes, but as has been amply demonstrated by your moderation of DT, you are a bit of a tyrant. A guy can't even post a pic of his ex without you coming along and deleting posts!
     
  10. kwilkinson

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    If being a tyrant puts me in the same camp as Master Somm Matt Stamp, im okay with it.
     
  11. Saltricks

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    Just had the best meal I've ever had in my life. Thanks for the advice everybody! The wine was terrific.
     
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  13. kwilkinson

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    What'd you do about wine?
     
  14. Saltricks

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    I just asked for a pairing that was within my student budget of under 120 bucks. Great choices, though I suspect my server was high on cocaine or something, he always looked glassy eyed and he charged me for wines that he never brought and forgot a course as well as the mignardises. He looked like he wanted to die when I pointed out that he overcharged me, haha.

    That's a different question altogether as I'm pretty tolerant of imperfect service (as no one is perfect), but I did expect near perfection in regards to service from French Laundry. Everyone was very nice, though.
     
  15. gomestar

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    :( that's an amateur hour right there
     
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  16. foodguy

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    +1 that shouldn't happen.
     
  17. Mandres

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    What? That is really outrageous. Did you let the manager know they have a serious problem?
     
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  18. Saltricks

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    They brought it out after some small confusion. I didn't think it warranted managerial intervention, but perhaps I should have mentioned it in passing.
     
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    That's pretty ridiculous for a low class place. TFL? Nah. You should have mentioned it (and perhaps still should).
     
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    scored a reservation for August :slayer:
     

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