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Melisse- Classic French

Last night we went with friends that love Paris for dining as much as we do for the Carte blanche Menu at Melisse.

GREEN APPLE CONSOMME'
Green Apple Caviar, Green Apple Froth

FENNEL FLAN
Orange Gelee, Cashew Froth

CRONES-TRUFFLE VELOUTE
Lobster Consomme, Pickled Pears, Maine Crab

EGG CAVIAR
Poached egg, Lemon Chive Creme Fraiche and American Osetra Caviar

DUO OF MELISSE FOIE GRAS
Date Confiture, Pink Lady Apples, Huckleberry Gastrique

MAINE LOBSTER BOLOGNESE
Fresh Cappelini, Basil, Truffle Froth

CRISPY DAURADE "EN ECAILLES"
Porcini Mushroom Daube, Anson Mills Polenta, Endives

HAY BAKED CHICKEN
Brown Butter Potato Puree, Winter Root Vegetables, Albufera Sauce

SUCKLING PIG "TETE au PIED"
Cippolini Onion, Celery Root Fondant, Maderia Jus

FROMAGE

HOMEMADE VANILLA YOGURT
Strawberry Sorbet

FROZEN PASSONFRUIT SOUFFLE
Pistachio, Coconut, Lemongrass Broth

CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE

Dinner lasted 5 hours. We all felt the food was fantastic!

The Wines were:
Pegau 05
Beaucastel 97
D' vogue "M" 88
Cheval 83
Pressac 59

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  1. and now 5 hours at the gym

    1. Sounds great...but no chocolate dessert course?

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      1. re: sku

        Oops I forgot to add the Chocolate till just now?

        1. re: russkar

          Can you give more of a description of the chocolate? Was it a chocolate three ways type of thing?

          1. re: sku

            Choc Ganache on Banana Parfait, Choc Souffle, Choc ? Still in Coma and can't remember?

      2. that sounds amazing. now I know where all the passion fruits went from wed. market.....I was too late. glad they went to a good cause

        1. how distinct were the huckleberries, russkar?

          1. Forget the dinner. Your wines sound amazing! Did you bring your own or is that the pairing (doubt it), or did you order all that from their cellar?

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            1. re: Porthos

              We brought all, but the first bottle which was very nice from their extensive list.

            2. How was the Pressac (not La Tour de Pressac?) 59 holding up? And the was Cheval (Blanc, I presume) 83 exquisite as it was 2 years ago - still evolving after being opened 45 minutes?

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              1. re: Griller141

                59 holding up incredibly and took 2 hrs to open. Same with 83, great stuff!

                1. re: russkar

                  Style question for an inexperienced diner: Can any adjustments be requested in a menu like this one? For instance, I don't eat foie gras, veal or pork. Should a place like Melisse accommodate me, or should I just refrain from going and ordering the tasting menu?

                  1. re: jono37

                    We had lots of input into what was the final tasting menu. With so many allergies and food requirements of Westsiders there is no way any restaurant can just roll out any tasting menu without checking first.