Chef Thomas Keller is bringing The French Laundry across the pond for a 10-day pop-up restaurant inside the famous Harrods department store in London starting October 1. The chef, who has seven Michelin stars (three each for Per Se and The French Laundry, one for Bouchon), will create a replica of his flagship restaurant that is as close to the real thing as possible -- flown-in fixtures, fittings, dinnerware and more than a dozen French Laundry staffers.
“The French Laundry at Harrods” will serve a nine-course lunch and dinner for £250, which is about $400. Keller's tasting menus at Napa Valley's The French Laundry and New York's Per Se go for $270 and $295, respectively. In London, the two restaurants with three Michelin stars -- Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester and Gordon Ramsay -- charge £180 ($295) and £130 ($210) for seven courses. Keller's London menu will feature many French Laundry classics, but also some new dishes.
Reservations will be accepted starting September 1; the temporary restaurant can seat 70 people.