Maurice Graham Henry on French and
French-influenced restaurants in San Francisco and the Napa Valley
Francisco has long had a well-deserved reputation as one of the world's
best fine dining locales. More recently, the Napa Valley has also
become a first-rate fine dining destination in its own right, where the
cuisine and wines of France are not neglected. In fact, at The
French Laundry the are reinvented under the designation "American
Cuisine with classic French Influences", with sometimes spectacular
results. It remains the only restaurant in the greater San Francisco
area to be awarded three Michelin stars. I encourage you to
frequent these restaurants on this short but carefully chosen list when
visiting San Francisco and the Napa Valley.
Maurice Graham Henry
October 22, 2007
The French Laundry: reviewed by Francis Bown
"The meaning of the superlative has been undermined
by the mass media. On television, in newspapers, even nowadays on the
wireless (which in Britain, at least, has a couple of channels which
have managed to maintain some semblance of decency and order), it seems
that every story must scream at us in the language of extremity. Many,
clearly, believe that this is the only way to attract and hold our
attention. Such debasement of our public discourse is vulgar. And it
creates a real difficulty. What words are left when one encounters
something which truly needs to be described with superlatives? This is
my current problem. For I have just been back to what might well be the
best restaurant in the world – The French Laundry."
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