My husband surprised me with dinner at Melisse last night. (his cute trick was to walk me into the divey sports bar across the street, which does serve food by the way ;))
We were immediately seated, whereupon we begin the intense and pleasurable task of reading both the wine list and the menu. My husband choose a 97 California Cabernet and we decided upon the various tasting menus.
The special this time is heirloom tomotoes and there is a menu designed specifically around the tomoto. They also have a standard tasting menu and of course, everything can be ordered a la carte.
We began, he with a lobster bolagnse and myself with burrata and tomotoes. The pasta was incredibly rich, very silky and earthy tasting. The tomotoes on my plate were bursting with flavor, which was good, because the burrata was not nearly as good as I remembered burrata. I mean, it is burrata, so it was still delisious, but I almost wondered if it was old.
Next course was salmon upon toast smeared with tapenade. The salmon was amazing, almost buttery, a perfect 4 oz portion.
For our entrees, my husband had opted for a trio of beef, which included a filet, ribs and something else, which I do not recall. I selected beef poached in red wine and served with, what else, tomotoes! However, the served us both the beef my husband ordered. I was content to drink wine while he ate, however his plate was immediately wisked away with mine while we waited for the mistake to be corrected.
Well worth the wait, the beef was incredible; perfectly rare and succulent. However, the real highlight was to come; we had the cheese course for dessert and to apologize for the entree mistake, we were given a wine pairing for our cheeses. This was a first for us and quite a lesson. The presentation was beautifully executed and left us with a palate of flavors. Using the wines and the cheese, we were able to create different portraits of taste.
I left feeling I had experienced more than just a meal, oh and, I also left feeling slighty drunk and a lot poorer. ;)