>I’m not impressed easily but Melisse completely blew me away with its 10 year anniversary 10-course tasting menu ($150/pp). From the first course of ‘egg caviar’ (pictured), a poached egg with meyer lemon creme fraiche topped with caviar, to the remarkably simple truffle infused cappellini, every single dish resonates with the intricacies of thought and preparation using the simplest of ingredients and comes together as a magnificent masterpiece.
Service is what one would expect from a 2 Michelin starred establishment, and although the synchronized serving technique might be daunting for some, in no way does it present itself as anywhere stuffy or arrogant.
Chef Josiah Citrin is self-taught and his extraordinary talent is second to none! The whole Melisse experience is one in which the restaurant’s Michelin stars are aptly awarded. Go for a special occasion, go when you want an evening to remember for a lifetime. Melisse will make you feel like a star, but the truth is, the star is really in its exquisite food!
Melisse, 1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Tel: 310-395-0881