Word broke Monday that Thomas Keller is opening Ad Lib, a pop-up restaurant at the Silverado Resort through early March while the French Laundry undergoes a renovation. The restaurant will operate out of the resort’s Royal Oak Room beginning January 21 through March 2 from 5-9p.m. Thursday through Monday.
According to the website, the menu consists of “traditional, honest food” with a hearty selection of daily specials influenced by The French Laundry Culinary Garden. The a la carte menu, with entrees ranging from about $28-$55 each, will include a Classic Caesar Salad and Steak Tartare, both prepared table-side, Fruitwood Smoked Kielbasa, Black Angus Chop Steak, Root Vegetable Pot Pie, Braised Beef Short Rib “Wellington,” Broiled Alaskan King Crab Legs and a Seven-Layer Coconut Cake. Guests can also expect a hearty selection of daily specials influenced by The French Laundry Culinary Garden.
This is a collaborative effort from TKRG Chef de Cuisine Devin Knell, The French Laundry’s Chef de Cuisine David Breeden and Sous Chef Michael Wallace, who has been appointed the Chef de Cuisine of the pop-up.
But here’s the rub. Unless you’ve got at least four people, you’re out of luck (and even then, you’ll have to call soon). Tables for two have already been snapped up for the duration of the pop-up. Details and more info online at thomaskeller.com/ad-lib