ad hoc: for temporary relief from hunger

Aaah, my first Thomas Keller restaurant.  I have gone to his bakery numerous times but never dined in his restaurant.  We went with a bunch of friends to Ad Hoc in Yountville.  Ad Hoc has a prix fixe menu every night (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and the food is served family style.   Since we went in a group of eight, we had plates for four at each end of our tables.

The first course was our salad of baby mixed greens.  It had snap peas, shaved fennel, and carrots with a cabernet vinaigrette dressing.  It was scrumptious except Katie found a hair on her plate that wasn’t hers.  (dot dot dot)  They replaced the family share plate but by that time, I had already consumed most of my share.

Our next course was the Sonoma County Liberty Duck Breast.  This isn’t something I would normally order if I had a choice off the menu but it was definitely tasty and I’m glad we had it.  The duck was served on top of toasted farro that was a little salty from the kalamata olives mixed in but with little bursts of sweetness from the minneola tangelos.  It sounded weird on the menu but it worked!  I think Horace really wanted to take the all-clad serving pan home with him but we convinced him not to.

Our next course was a cheese platter with brioche bread from the Bouchon Bakery and homemade apple butter.  I wasn’t a fan of the cheese so much but loved the sweet apple butter on the soft bread.  Boyfriend ate my share of cheese as I usually ask him to do.

Our dessert for the night was a tres leches cake with a mango pineapple salad on the side.  It was absolutely scrumptious and each bite was creamy, smooth sweetness.  What a great way to end the meal!

We also got talked into ordering a bottle of wine which was the special for the night.  We assumed it’d be about a $40 or $50 bottle but it turned out to be significantly more…  I guess that’s Yountville for you.  It was a great day of wining and dining, that’s for sure!

6476 Washington Street   Yountville, CA

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4 Comments on “ad hoc: for temporary relief from hunger”

  1. Dianna Says:

    Thomas Keller has a cookbook “Ad Hoc at home” It looks so interesting, it’s like kind of sophisticated recipes for classic comfort foods.

  2. H Says:

    Heck yea, those are nice pans :D. The 2qt one costs 175 on sale, and the 4qt one is $400!

  3. Boyfriend Says:

    Yeah, that wine was really not worth it. The service made evident why this Thomas Keller restaurant was not on the Michelin star list. The food though, was excellent. The salad had a lot going on, the carrots were really sweet, the peas and croûtons were nice and crisp, and the vinaigrette was nice and tangy. The duck… oh my goodness. They crisped the skin so that it was like bacon. It was almost like eating bacon wrapped steak. The cheese platter was good too, I loved the apple butter. The dessert was a nice finish and a very good fit with the rest of the meal. I still say the duck and the salad were the stars of the show. If it weren’t so far away I think we’d be eating there more often.

  4. Emmie Says:

    I am so jealous. I have always wanted to go to one of his restaurants. The salad looks amazing!


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