Ad hoc

The latest restaurant, “ad hoc”, opened in September 2006 in Yountville with a different fixed price comfort food dinner served family style every night. Originally intended to be a temporary project while Keller planned his lifelong dream restaurant for the location, serving hamburgers and wine, he decided to make ad hoc permanent and find a new location for the hamburger restaurant due to its overwhelming popularity. [via]

Continuing down the street from The French Laundry and Bouchon lies Thomas Keller’s more recent restaurant: Ad Hoc:

Ad Hoc, Yountville, CA
Ad Hoc: “for temporary relief from hunger”

Ad Hoc, Yountville, CA Ad Hoc, Yountville, CA
Simple interior

Ad Hoc, Yountville, CA
Dinner menu of the day: affordable prix fixe dinner!

Warm Autumn Vegetable Salad at Ad Hoc, Yountville, CA
Warm Autumn Vegetable Salad: fresh vegetables from the garden


Herb Crusted Lamb Sirloin at Ad Hoc, Yountville, CA Herb Crusted Lamb Sirloin at Ad Hoc, Yountville, CA
Herb Crusted Lamb Sirloin: tender and seasoned perfectly.

Beef Ribeye Cap Skewer at Ad Hoc, Yountville, CA
Beef Ribeye Cap Skewer

Apple Tart, cinnamon ice cream, caramel on
My favorite dessert: Apple tart, cinnamon ice cream, caramel drizzle.  Tart is crispy like palmiers.

Hungry Cactus’ verdict: A

I am completely impressed with Ad hoc’s affordable ($52!) and masterfully crafted prix fixe menu.  Like Thomas Keller’s other restaurants, everything was fresh and of high quality.  Most memorable was the apple tart dessert — absolutely stunning!  A simple dessert where the flavors just perfectly come together in your mouth.  What a sweet and great way to end the meal! =)