You've probably heard of the various prix-fixe hikes that have been happening at the Bay Area's finer restaurants as the economy improves and as soon-to-be Facebook millionaires discover what sous-vide means. Well, as much as the Michelin three-star Restaurant at Meadowood is an amazing dining experience we'd even assert that it's more interesting than the French Laundry, and equally luxurious it's kind of out of the league of most of us workaday blokes, price-wise. (The regular chef's tasting menu, which is upwards of nine customized courses, including wine, will run you $450 per person, without tax and tip, and the chef's counter, including wine, starts at $850 per person.) Well, this week Gilt City is offering an introductory Meadowood package that will save you a few bucks if you want to head up there for a special occasion, with a full meal for two, wine, tax and tip included, for $635.
It's not the full tasting menu, mind you it's being listed as five courses, but if you play your cards right maybe they'll throw you something extra. But it's still a pretty great deal given that $1000+ is prohibitively expensive for most of us.
And as Josh Sens learned at a recent chef's counter meal at Saison, it's not all Zynga zillionaires throwing down for this stuff sometimes it's just us lowly writers and restaurant-industry folk who love food and dream of checking out the restaurants in the Michelin firmament.