Monday, June 4, 2012

Ad Hoc

Had a great experience having dinner at Ad Hoc, one of Thomas Keller’s  wonderful restaurants in Yountville California. Ad Hoc was meant to be open for only a few months but it turned out to be so popular that it’s been open for six years and still going strong.
Ad Hoc is an interesting place. They have is a prix-fix menu that changes everyday, so it brings a little mystery and excitement when you come. 
With a prix-fixe menu, we weren't sure what to expect but we looked up the menu before going, which they post every day. Everything is presented family style, beautifully so, and is cooked to perfection. 
Baby Iceberg Wedges
Our first course was a very tasty salad of baby iceberg lettuce wedges. It had Bacon lardons, pickled red onions, cherry tomatoes, shaved celery, brioche croutons with buttermilk dressing. 
Grilled Beef Short Ribs
The main course consisted of delicious beef short ribs with a cherry-mustard glaze. The boned ribs came with blistered broccolini, cippolini onions and marble potatoes with scallion creme fraiche. We also had perfect pan fried scallops which are the only extra choice on the prix-fix menu.
The cheese course was a flavorful Fiore Sardo along with Marshall’s Farm wildflower honey and toasted mixed nuts.
The  desert course consisted of a wonderful, buttery, crunchy basque cake topped with macerated blackberries and lemon merinque.
Ad Hoc takes Keller's high end dining and makes it available to everyone. For $52 per diner, you’ll receive a four course meal of some the highest quality ingredients and professionally perfect preparations you'll ever have.
Highly recommended.
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