Ad Hoc (Yountville, CA)

Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
Dining date: 8/30/15

Ad HocI’ve been to Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc twice before (with the last visit over five years ago) and been to Addendum once, earlier this year. While looking for a brunch spot for a large party, Ad Hoc came up as the popular choice.

This would be my first time having brunch here. Ad Hoc offers one daily menu, 3-4 courses served family style. The restaurant sometimes serves its famous fried chicken in a classic chicken and waffles dish for brunch; I was really hoping for this but it wasn’t in the cards this afternoon.

Interior

Arugula Salad k&j asian pear, red grapes, shaved fennel, toasted hazelnuts, garden mint, peach vinaigrette

Arugula Salad k&j asian pear, red grapes, shaved fennel, toasted hazelnuts, garden mint, peach vinaigretteA mound of salad was first on the menu. Slightly bitter arugula was offset by sweet Asian pear and sliced grapes on a light vinaigrette.

Eggs Benedict smoked turkey, spinach, english muffins, poached egg, roasted turnips, sauce hollandaise

Eggs Benedict smoked turkey, spinach, english muffins, poached egg, roasted potatoes, sauce hollandaise

Eggs Benedict smoked turkey, spinach, english muffins, poached egg, roasted potatoes, sauce hollandaiseA toasted Bouchon English muffin was topped with smoked turkey, sautéed spinach, a poached egg and rich hollandaise. These combined for some rich and delicious bites, although the egg was prepared inconsistently with some having a runny yolk and some being overdone. Overdone eggs came out perfectly on the kitchen’s next try though.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes crown maple syrup, honey butter

Chocolate Chip Pancakes crown maple syrup, honey butter The pancake supplement was a worthwhile addition, super light and fluffy with warm chocolate chips.

Apple Crumb Cake caramel sauce

Apple Crumb Cake caramel sauce

We finished with a simple apple crumb cake executed perfectly. The cake was moist with a textured crumble and a slightly sweet caramel sauce. All I needed was a scoop of ice cream on top.

While I had my fingers crossed for chicken and waffles, Ad Hoc still turned out a strong meal. The food was simply prepared and executed mostly well. I’ll be keeping my eye out for future brunch visits for that chicken and waffles.


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