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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Melisse (Santa Monica, CA)

Two Michelin Star rated
Contemporary French

The menu set up and deliciousness of the food here reminds me of Alex at The Wynn (Las Vegas). Theres a choice between the regular menu ($105 four courses, multiple choice style, can also upgrade to better dishes for more $$$), Vegetarian tasting menu ($95, all surprise), Carte Blanche (not really sure, nor is price listed) or you can go for gold and take down the Ten menu ($150 ten courses, all surprise). I of course chose the Ten menu and paid an extra $65 for the white truffle risotto. Here is what I had:

Amuse - Wild Japanese Mackerel 

Egg Caviar - there was a poached egg on the bottom. This dish was really unique. I'm a salt kind of person so I love caviar.

Wild Japanese Kanpachi - really good, the sesame glazed things were delicious

Dandelion Veloute - I got excited when the description said that there was going to be fried burrata cheese, but its just those tiny pieces there. This dish was okay.

Seared Foie Gras

White Truffle Risotto - This was my first time having truffle. They came out with a wooden box and opened it showing off their collection of truffles, then loaded my dish with freshly shaved white truffle. I always thought that truffles were supposed to taste amazing, but they actually don't really have a taste. Its the smell of them that makes it sooooo good. It is so fragrant, that even when you eat the food, the scent travels up your nasal passage and is just amazing. I couldn't get enough of it. I kept inhaling my plate. Totally worth the extra $65.

I forgot what kind of fish this was, but the crispy skin made the dish for me.

Sonoma Lamb Chop - This was surprisingly not that good. 

Pont L'eveque tart - cheese filled tart with honey yummmmmmm

Chocolate - always good.

green apple, pomegranate, dandelion & Burdock soda - there was frozen bits of apple and apple sorbet that melted in my mouth. This is the best fruit dessert dish I've ever had.

Just some after dinner sweets

If you really want to impress your date, take him/her here. This restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner.

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