My husband surprised me for my birthday with dinner at Melisse. With all the new Culver City restaurants, this may seem like an odd choice, but it was fantastic.
We started with champagne and then shared a bottle of Wolf Family Cab. Both were delightful. We have learned from previous visits that while the tasting menu is the way to go, the wine pairings create a hangover situation the next morning.
We both had the market salad with burrata. I know that vegetables from the farmer's market is seemingly simple and yes, we can all run by Bay Cities and buy burrata, but how often are you going to cook each vegetable to exactly the right temperature so that there is a proper amount of tenderness without being mushy? The salad was excellent and the dressing was the perfect meld of creamy and acidic.
Next was wild king salmon, perfectly buttery. We then had a trio of beef for the entree. Short ribs, a steak and something else (the wine and champagne were still flowing). The beef were all amazing, although the portions were almost a bit too small.
Dessert was sticky toffee pudding, which was also good. Overall, a spectacular meal, the service was impeccable. My only complaint is that the bread was cold. I seem to recall it used to be warm and even if my memory is wrong, it really needed to be warm. They had a basil roll that would have been good if it had been hot. Cold, it was really hard to appreciate the flavor.
They definitely have earned their two stars.