I had a spectacular meal on Sunday evening. It was at Cotogna in San Francisco. The second time I have gone. I will go often. Maybe once a month, it is so good.
After the French Laundry opened in 1994 I went every two months for Saturday lunch for five years. I could only get reservations 60 days from the date of the visit. One year I went for the Christmas truffle lunch. Unforgettable. The French Laundry is 65 miles from my house. I took dozens of friends with me, over the years.
I started going because the French Laundry was the only restaurant in America with food comparable to what I regularly get in Tokyo. I stopped going when the meal price for lunch (no wine) went over $130.
The ‘no wine’ is important. It is the subject of tomorrow’s blog. I am not a prude. I drink a good whiskey with dessert. At Cotogna it was Noah’s Mill American whiskey.