Let’s go back. Way back… Ok, maybe not that far. Back to 2010 when Henry and I dined at Melisse for my 26th birthday. Even though I’m a little fuzzy on the details (I can barely remember what I did last week :P), I’ve considered Melisse one of my top ten restaurants ever since.
Bread and Amuse Bouche
Seard Foie Gras, Yellow and White Peach, Hibiscus-Rosemary
Egg Caviar, Poached Egg, Lemon-Chive Crème Frâiche, American Ostetra Caviar
Lobster Bolognese, Fresh Cappelini, Black Truffles, Basil
Santa Barbara Spot Prawn, Cuttlefish, Sea Urchin, Nasturtium
Sonoma Lamb and Sausage, “Ratatouille”, Red Pepper, Jus d’ Agneau
Liberty Duck Breast and Confit Leg, Figs, Forrono Beets, Jus d’ Epice
Millefeuille of Fruit Rouge, Vanilla Ice Cream
Sticky Toffee Pudding, Mocha Malt Ice Cream, Red Berry-Hibiscus Consommé
I would describe our meal as refined simplicity. Each dish showcased individual ingredients that combined beautifully. Melisse is worthy of it’s two Michelin stars.
1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401