The Thomas Keller restaurant, Ad Hoc, is completely different than any other Keller restaurant I have ever been to anywhere. The menu consists of 4 courses, served family style and served to everyone. The price of the Prix Fixe is $49.00 per person, excluding wine, tax and tip. The menu is posted outside the restaurant around mid-day so you can check what you will be having. Monday night is fried chicken night! You can also check out the menu on their website:
Hearts of Romaine salad (pickled red onions, torn garlic croutons, Hobb’s bacon lardons and herbed cream dressing) – 4 huge pieces of Romaine that you basically ate with your fingers, placing the lardons, croutons, onions and dressing on top.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken – bluelake green beans, cole slaw and garlic whipped potatoes – I called this dish Keller’s version of KFC. It was delicious, probably one of the best fried chicken dishes I have tasted – crunchy, moist, tender, luscious, full of flavor. Portion size was enormous. In fact, one of the bussers was doing a double at another restaurant and we gave him half our order to eat in the car. The potatoes were equally good and the green beans, crunchy with both being butter-laden in a good way.
Pedrozo Dairy Blondie’s Best – comice pears and marshall farm’s honey – Cheese was served at room temperature.
Apple crisp – vanilla ice cream – Again portion size was massive; this was for 2 people!
Conclusion: This was fun and unlike anything Thomas Keller is doing anywhere else. There is talk of adding a burger night.