Thursday, September 11, 2008

Ad Hoc (Napa)

Thomas Keller of French Laundry fame has opened a host of restaurants in the U.S. One in particular that he's always been looking to open is a Hamburger / Bottle shop in Napa, California. While he was trying to figure out the intricacies of the menu to be up to TK standards he found a great place to put the restaurant. Instead of rushing the hamburger restaurant, he decided to just put up a "fake" restaurant at the space that served family style meals , 4 set courses a day. So he put up a big sign at the front with "AD HOC"

The restaurant got so popular that TK decided to just keep the restaurant. The place is now well known for having some of the best fried chicken this side of the Mississippi (served every other Monday).

The restaurant itself is not that large. You're looking at about 20 tables with a few large 7-8 party tables. As well as a bar to eat at. Around the restaurant are black boards with the menu written out (the same menu on each blackboard but different people writing it!).

Notice all those bottles up there?

Thomas Keller Beer!

Blue Apron Ale, a belgium style Ale brewed specifically for Thomas Keller. Pretty interesting stuff, not as hoppy as I expected and more fruit forward. $30 for a 750ML.

At Ad Hoc they don't tell you the menu until 2pm that day. So if there are certain types of food you don't like or... you are as picky as Stanford law admissions this might not be the restaurant for you.

When you walk in they give you a cute manila folder with the menu and wine list in it.

You get some nice bread to begin with

On to the first entree!

Salad of Baby Mixed Greens
shaved ham, pickled red onions
soft boiled egg, cobb dressing

The onions and dressing are served on the side. You get a large wooden bowl of baby mixed green with slices of avocado, fatty ham and the most beautifully cooked eggs. The egg was a bit soft, the yolk and white are not cooked all the way so they silky smooth with the salad. What a delicious salad! I wish I had gotten more!

Main Entree was
Liberty Farms Duck Breast
jacobsen orchards plums, broccoli rabe
carolina rice and spanish pardina lentils

My oh my oh my. A giant piece of duck breast baked in the oven and then sliced, served over a big plate of lentils and crisp/fresh green beans. The plum sauce was a bit sweet, but this dish had a Chinese influence too it, almost taste like Chinese Roast Duck opposed to French style fatty duck. Good dish!

Cheese Plate:
St. George
marshall’s farm wildflower honey
spiced nuts

Figs and Pecans with a large chunk of St. Georges cheese. We had two bowls of the pecans, wonderfully toasted.

Finally dessert,
Panna Cotta
mixed berries & vanilla crisp

Fresh baked and crispy Vanilla Crisp with the creamy goodness of the panna cotta is a great topper to the evening.

I highly suggest that you visit Ad Hoc if you're around the area. For around $65 a person after tax/tip you're getting a hearty meal with all the basic food groups =P.

Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599



Anonymous said...

What did you think of the green beans? And mmm, that egg yolk looks DELICIOUS!

Avid Reader said...

How come no new entries lately, clayfu??