LA fine dining legend Melisse closed it doors at 1104 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica back in March with a vague promise of reopening soon. At the time, there were a lot of unanswered questions (including whether or not the name of the establishment would continue to be Melisse), and Chef Josiah Citrin wasn’t spilling the beans. But things appear to be moving forward. A note on their website promises a Fall 2019 opening and a “whole new menu and concept”. And late last week a new ABC application appeared, hidden in the front entrance, that continues to name the business as “Melisse“. I’ll keep watching…
Recently, I saw that there was a notice of pending design review taped to the inside of the window of the erstwhile Santa Monica Electric Co. at 2428 Main St. in Santa Monica. Immediately, long-time LA restaurateur Josiah Citrin’s (Melisse, Charcoal) name stood out. Upon closer inspection, the notice’s artist’s rendering lets us know that this humble building will soon be the home of a branch of hotdog specialists Dave’s Doghouse. The ABC application confirms it.
If you’ve ever had the good fortune of dining at Paris’ Michelin three-starred Hotel Le Bristol, I’m certain you remember it well; the richly paneled ambiance of the dining room, those incredible floral arrangements, the jaw-dropping array of bread stacked in the middle of the room, the harpist creating the perfect mood, and the amazing food (I once had a salad with a solid layer of Perigord truffles artfully arranged on top that was, in a word, heaven). Hotel Le Bristol is the very epitome of French elegance. And now is your chance to sample that experience closer to home. LA’s closest thing to those grand Parisian dining rooms, Melisse in Santa Monica, is hosting the chef from Le Bristol, Eric Freshon on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday October 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. Chef Freshon will be offering an elaborate seven course tasting and the cost is $195 (Mon Dieu… but it’s cheaper than a flight to Paris). Snag your reservation by calling (310) 395-0881 or following the links here, but I would move rapidement if I were you…
Here’s a rare and golden opportunity: Three of LA’s most revered and legendary chefs will be coming together for one evening only, Monday September 15th. Jaochim Splichal (Patina) and Wolfgang Puck (Spago) will be at Josiah Citrin’s Melisse in Santa Monica for a harmonic convergence of greatness to celebrate Melisse’s 15 year anniversary. First seating is at 6:00pm and the cost for six courses is $185. You know this is going to book up quickly so don’t just sit there, reserve your space just as fast as your little fingers can dial (310) 395-0881 or follow the links here.
About this time of year, do you find yourself waxing nostalgic when the grand European Perigord Truffle season is but a distant memory? Did you know that since the 1990s, Australia has been cultivating these culinary gems and that their season, the opposite of its European counterpart is about to begin? To celebrate, Melisse in Santa Monica has invited Chef Peter Gilmore from Quay Restaurant in Sydney, Australia to help host a “celebration of the commencement of Australian Perigord Black Truffle Season” on Friday June 13th. There will be two seatings; one at 5:30pm and the second at 8:15pm. Cost is $185 and reservations are bound to go like hotcakes, so secure yours by dialing (310) 395-0881 just as fast as your little fingers can or click here.
The controversial Starbucks on the corner of 11th and Wilshire in Santa Monica opened for business today. And while the opening of a new Starbucks isn’t exactly headline-making news, this particular one is notable because it became a poster child for Santa Monica’s inexorable drive toward over-development and loss of local character, even garnering a petition drive to retain the previous tenant, Farrah’s Florist. But the coffee giant has prevailed, and now sits firmly in command of the prominent corner across from Melisse.
With the dearth of elegant restaurants in LA, Chef Josiah Citrin has never been one compromise. His posh Mélisse in Santa Monica has long held the banner of a truly great destination restaurant. Recently, he has upped the ante with a series of exclusive dinners he calls “Something Different in the Augie Room“. On Wednesday, September 4th, the series will showcase Spain and commemorate the founding of LA on September 4th, 1781 by the Spanish. But the multi-course menu (costing $125) will be available to 10 diners only, so you’d better hurry if you want a chance to experience Citrin’s creativity firsthand. Reservations: (310) 395-0881. melisse.com