After a rough day of dealing with vehicle maintenence and a 2 year old, my husband eased the burden by taking me to Melisse last night.
As we live very close to the restaurant, we have been about a half dozen times in the last four years. Each time has been incredible and I keep thinking that some day the experience will prove dissapointing.
Last night was certainly not that night. We began with a cocktail (the best apple martini, ever!) and followed with the tasting menu along with the wine pairings. I loved that the sommelier poured two different wines for the courses in which we ordered the same thing.
We did not try the truffle menu, sorry for those truffle fans who were curious if the $225 price tag was worth it. The regular tasting menu was really interesting in that they offered some very hearty winter dishes with options that reminded me spring is just around the corner. For example, I started with a spring vegetable salad and my husband, a pumpkin soup. They were both amazing and yet completely different.
For the main course, we both had the prime beef which was served rare and with short ribs. The meat was a perfect mixture of dry and flavorful.
The only downside was our server. She seemed offended by the notion that she needed to interact with us. I suppose the true excellence of the food trumpted her bad attitude, and of course the sommelier was amazing so we left slightly drunk, very full and very happy.