Thanks to my homies in the Bay Area for showing some love for OSYROMSR. There ain't nobody who responsd positively to constructive criticism like a Cali chef, so let's take a look at what the Yelpers had to say about TK's flagship, French Laundry.
As an Eater commenter suggested, some of the dings may be from folks who have never eaten there. But Tanya T. can't make stuff like this up:
I had asked for the meat to be well done, came to me very rare. I had to send it back for more fire. My date's meal sat there getting cold - they didn't offer to take it and keep it warm until mine came back out.
Then there's the guy who says the food at FL tastes like a "sweaty dog's taint," and many, many onestars from folks who have not gotten into FL, and use Yelp to complain that it's hard to get into. Related is thisguy: "I'll preface this review by saying that I'm comparing FL to El Bulli, Next, and Alinea. (I've eaten at all of these)." Good for you, Kyle R! I say "related" b/c the simultaneous emergence of Yelp and molecular gastronomy appears to foster a culture of trophy restaurants, where there are a handful of restaurants worldwide where the demand for meals vastly outstrips the supply, b/c, I suspect, it's easy for a certain kind of diner (the kind who brags about where he's eaten), to understand the prestige of molecular gastronomy. I've never eaten at a Thomas Keller restaurant, and avoid Yelp whenever I can, but it does appear that there is a significant cohort of folks who would never consider eating at French Laundry were it not for Yelp, who know MUST eat at French Laundry, so they can talk about it on Yelp.