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1104 Wilshire Blvd. (11th St.) Send to Phone
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The epitome of Los Angeles fine dining, Mélisse fluently bridges French sophistication with style.

Dinner Tues.-Thurs. 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri. 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 5:45 p.m.-10 p.m.

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Mélisse, Santa Monica, CA

Mélisse Restaurant Review

About the restaurant and décor: Mélisse has distinguished itself as the sole top-end French gastronomic experience in Los Angeles. The elegant dining room is filled with beautiful white chairs, and a purplish-smoke tone shades the walls. Two private dining rooms, one with a wood-burning fireplace, provide a more intimate setting. Everything achieves a high level of quality, from the service to the food presented by chef Josiah Citrin and his culinary team, including chef de cuisine Ken Takayama.

About the food: Being half French (on his father's side), born and raised in Venice (California) and partially trained in Paris, Citrin has integrated the two cultures to create his own modern melody with the choicest produce and herbs from the famous Santa Monica farmers market. For the ultimate in indulgence, augment your meal with caviar and seasonal truffles. (Among the standouts is the truffle egg with its treasure of golden yolk inside.) From the main dishes, wild Scottish red partridge pairs with red cabbage, bosc pair and foie gras sauce. The format is prix-fixe, with menus of four courses ($135), seven courses ($165) or 10 courses ($195), plus a special tasting designed for vegetarians. Wines can be paired for an additional cost. You'd be remiss to pass on the wonderfully well-stocked cheese cart. Desserts may include a rose geranium soufflé with milk sherbet or a version of the classic French cake "L'Opéra" with dark chocolate, coffee and almonds.

About the wine: Your voyage through the comprehensive wine list (1,000-plus selections) will be made easier by sommelier Matthew Luczy, who may pour a Grand Cru Classé or something that's fun and a good value.
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