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11104 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90401 310-395-0881


Since opening in 1999, Josiah Citrin's Santa Monica respite has never wavered from its mission to provide a restaurant that celebrates the difference between eating and dining. That his trademark curl of pasta with lobster bolo-gnese and the caviar-topped soft poached egg remain staples isn't a sign of stagnation but evidence he got it right the first time. 

Best Vegetarian Tasting Menu, August 2008
Josiah Citrin's nine-year-old restaurant has a grande maison quality. On entering, one is enveloped in an atmosphere of pin-striped suits and premier cru. Citrin's cooking is delightfully frank—this is not a place where the essence of an essence will be spooned with a ceremonial hush. Crisped Parmesan croquettes bob in the earthy artichoke soup. Beef three ways highlights the gradations between cuts of meat, anchored by a sauce in which mustard is folded into a celery puree. A passion fruit soufflé with coconut sorbet and lemongrass-pistachio milk caps off a lyrical meal. The wine list is stupendous and accessible, including varietals with a little age that are poured liberally by the glass. Mélisse aims for the highest levels, without a trace of conceit.
Tue.-Thur. 6:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.; Fri. 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.; Sat. 5:45 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
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