Two great meals.....Melisse & Wilsons.....
In the last few weeks, I am happy to say, I have had the opportunity to have some fabulous meals. Two weeks ago, I went to Melisse to have a celebratory meal. My husband and I chose the 'cart blanche' tasting menu where the chef sends out many courses and the diner does not need to make any choices. It is a lesson in trust and boy was it awesome! From the truffled egg- which is like nothing i have ever experienced before (soft egg yolk in the center surrounded by whipped egg whites topped with fresh shaved truffles served with toasted brioch!!!)- to the duo of foie gras (terrine & sauteed, sublime) it was perhaps the best meal of my life. We had far too many couses to list or remember but each was perfectly prepared & sized. Although this dinner was very expensive ($145pp) it was well worth it. In my opinion, Josiah is the most talented chef in LA.
Last weekend, we went to Wilson's in Culver City before seeing a movie. I was pleasantly suprised. The food was simple but top notch, with everything prepared perfectly and all fresh local ingredients. We started with an heirloom and formagge blanc salad.....how could we go wrong? it was lovely, tho I would have like a bit more cheese. Then we shared a pasta & truffle dish (i am so spoiled) which was lovely....the sauce was a bit heavier than i am use to but nice none the less. The chef came over to shave the truffled over our pasta- I thought he could have been a bit more amicable but his apathy won't keep me from returning. We finished with the pork dish which was delicious... braised, fork tender, and the monkfish for me....which was also wonderful. What was especially nice was that all the sides seemed to have been prepared so lovingly- something I always appreciate.
thank you to the folks who helped me remember Wilson's name last week when my brain wasn't working......great meal.
I went to WILSON a few nights ago and did not have a great experience. I had the tasting manu (w/truffles), and found that most dishes were just too rich, especially when one would follow the other. The sauses were heavy (creamy), and in some cases too salty. The pork was tender, and the polenta it comes with was tasty, but again - very rich. The price for the tasting menu was $75, plus we shared a few bottles of wine among the four people, and the total bill, with tip, ended up being $125 per person. It is too expensive for what it was. I would rather pay a bit more and go to Providence.