against the better judgement of my fellow chowhounds i went to melisse last night for a friend's bday dinner. totally disappointing.
1. the service was so bad from start to finish. it started with them giving my friend a little gift box that was supposed to contain chocolate truffles for her birthday. but it was empty... and continued with us having ask for bread, water... everything. and the speed of service was totally annoying and inconsistent. courses 1 and 2 came too quickly... and then 3 and 4 took way too long.
2. the food. we did the tasting menu. started with the poached egg with caviar. beautifully presented but seemed like it had sat for too long and was lukewarm and not very appetizing. i didn't finish it! and it was a $20 supplement to the tasting menu by itself. for the second course i had the lobster "pot en feu". totally forgettable. i've had better lobster, um everywhere. main course was very good actually. lamb loin crusted in black truffles. can't go wrong with that. it was the one amazing dish. lastly dessert... i had the chocolate chocolate chocolate which was impressive in presentation- mini chocolate souffle, martini glass filled with some chocolate foam and stuff... i really don't know what was there because my friend and i went to the bathroom and when we came back the desserts were there with no explanation. it was just fine.
i am not going back to melisse. and i didn't even pay. i have no idea what the bill was but i'm sure it was very expensive.