Mélisse

Restaurants , French Santa Monica
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Egg cavier with cauliflower moussiine at Mélisse

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Kanpachi, red miso and agrumes at Mélisse

Nothing signifies fine dining more than crisp white tablecloths and servers in suits. Mélisse has both. Hidden in plain sight in Santa Monica, this French gem offers tasting menus only, (starting at $135 per person), highlighting quality seasonal ingredients selected by chef Josiah Citrin. Featured dishes include Maine diver scallops with black truffle coulis, Millbrook Farms venison with foie gras and porcini mushrooms, and sticky toffee date pudding. The beautifully plated fare is enhanced by the warm ambience of a purple-hued dining room, lending an entirely elegant dining experience. Don't miss Citrin's "Egg Caviar" ($25 supplement), a soft poached egg served in an egg shell with lemon crème fraîche and topped with American Osetra caviar. "Fine" doesn't even begin to describe it.

Venue name: Mélisse
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Address: 1104 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
90401
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 6-9:30pm; Fri 6-10pm; Sat 5:45-10pm
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