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You want a fighting chance at getting in at FL? Tell him/them. I'm reading this story and I'm embarrassed for the chef, and absolutely abhorred by your experience. Driving 8 hours to eat at a sub-par restaurant with his name on it? You drove 8 HOURS at the promise that his name would deliver and were disappointed! That is every chef's worst nightmare (and not a picnic for you either!) They need to rectify the situation if for nothing else than to keep the association of quality with the TK brand. Again I say - tell them. You already have this drafted. You're out nothing by sending it along!


That salad sounds completely silly and unbalanced in every way. And if the description was that misleading, then shame on Keller, for something, probably for a bad hiring manager if nothing else.

You didn't happen to take phone pix, did you?

Steve Betz

Ouch. Last time we were in LV, we thought about eating there, but didn't at the last minute b/c we read an article about how they were priding themselves on being "the most expensive restaurant in America" -- somehow, that's the wrong strategy to work for me. Sorry it wasn't a better dining experience for you.


Hi, Karen. I just started following your blog, I linked here from Byrne's (I'm his mother-in-law) and I completely love it. Just read about your bad experience in Vegas. We just went there and found every place we ate to be over priced and they all seemed to be very full of themselves and shouldn't have been. However, if you ever venture to New York and want to try a restaurant where the chef does care about a place with his name on it, try Crave on 42nd. Dave Martin (from Top Chef) owns it and he was there on the night Byrne, Arin, Harper, my husband and I went there. The food was great, the wine (a winery we recongized from a tasting room in Oakland called Dash) was yummy and NOT $111, and we did not have to take out a loan to pay the bill. I'm not trying to compare it to a FL experience, but it definately was one of the highlights of our trip.

electric firefly

Sadly, I've heard that French Laundry isn't what it used to be either. The theory I've heard is that Thomas Keller is just stretched too thin these days and is more serving as a figurehead than a culinary leader. That said, I have not eaten at French Laundry, so can't vouch for that assertion myself. Anyhow, so sorry the Bouchon experience was a let-down. I hope the rest of the trip more than makes up for it!


Thanks for the link! I used it to send them this post. We'll what happens - I would love to change my mind about them.


sorry, no pix from that meal. xav is getting a little annoyed with my need to photograph our meals so if i can't sneak it in, it doesn't happen... ;-)


"the most expensive restaurant in America"

If I had read this anywhere, we never would have gone. That's just silly.


hi deb, nice to meet you. crave sounds wonderful and i will add it to the wish list for the next time we visit manhattan. thanks for the tip!


Sadly, I've heard that French Laundry isn't what it used to be either.

That makes me sad. I have always held it up as the quintessential dining experience. I would really hate to cross it off the list of places to eat before I die. :-(


Tell him your public demands it!

No, but I understand. My family thinks I am a little odd for doing the same thing.


Last time I was in Vegas, we ate at Bouchon and L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon -- neither of them quite lived up to my expectations but we still had enjoyable and delicious meals (and I had no problem getting reservations at either restaurant). My theory is that despite all the fancy pants chefs and restaurants that are in Vegas now, most people aren't going to Vegas for the food and I think these restaurants reflect that by not quite delivering in full on the promise of their "brands." In the same way that the Venetian looks and feels like Italy and maybe for a second you can forget you're actually in the middle of the Nevada desert, these restaurants look and feel like the real thing but they really aren't.


I think you've nailed it and I'm going to change my approach: I'm going to treat Vegas like Disneyland (albeit with cocktails, showgirls and vice). The food at Disneyland is also not good and very expensive, and if I lower my expectations I will be less likely to be disappointed.


Surprised. I like the one in Yountsville, and itscompanion bakery next door too.


So sad...."we want your money"yup, that's Vegas

danny escabarte

MY FATHER is the CHEF, I LEARNED a lot from him when it comes to cooking savory viand and meal. However, he did not know my specialty; and that is "Roasted Stingray Cooked in Coconut Milk". Added with black pepper, ginger, hot pepper and sliced onions.
I am happy whenever there parents persevering enough to transfer their cooking skills to the kids.
Cheers and GbU!


We've had good luck eating in Vegas, but are ones who like to find the "hidden" gems. By the time a place reachs mythical status, I think they've often lost their original appeal and specialness. The sushi place at the Wynn was delightful...for next time.


[this is good] Okay, now I get it.And it's confirmed, we were separated at birth. I lurve lurve LURVE anchovies.

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