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Providence (Chef's Menu) or Melisse (Carte Blanche)?

ipsedixit Jan 29, 2014 06:06 PM

Looking to take someone out to either Providence or Meilsse, doing either the Chef's or the CB, respectively.

Any preferences between these two? Please don't suggest other options. It's going to be one of these two.

Thanks.

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  1. Porthos RE: ipsedixit Jan 29, 2014 06:10 PM

    Providence. Build your own tasting from the prix fixe and supplement with market dishes. Cause really, how many times have you already had the Chef's Tasting already ;)

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      josephnl RE: Porthos Jan 31, 2014 10:44 AM

      Why did I know that you would pick Providence? I guess it's because you are far more adventurous than I am when it comes to food! Still really enjoy your posts.

    2. J.L. RE: ipsedixit Jan 29, 2014 06:47 PM

      Providence.

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        foodiemahoodie RE: ipsedixit Jan 29, 2014 07:03 PM

        Providence is bit more creative, Melisse more satisfying in the "Oh wow!" taste department. Intellectual vs visceral. With plenty of trespassing.

        Melisse has a more formal.special occasion feel. But Providence isn't exactly casual.

        Both are terrific.

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          ipsedixit RE: foodiemahoodie Jan 29, 2014 07:14 PM

          So that would be a vote for ...?

          My only hesitation with Providence Chef's Menu is the length of time. My last time doing it bordered on breaking my curfew and turning into a pumpkin by the time the meal ended.

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            J.L. RE: ipsedixit Jan 29, 2014 07:16 PM

            Hey you didn't mention you had a witching hour, ipse...

            I'd still hit Providence - Just earlier.

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              ipsedixit RE: J.L. Jan 29, 2014 07:17 PM

              ... or bring a seat cushion.

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                foodiemahoodie RE: ipsedixit Jan 29, 2014 07:36 PM

                Start earlier.

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              foodiemahoodie RE: ipsedixit Jan 31, 2014 11:13 AM

              My vote would go to Melisse.

          2. Searching4Dunny RE: ipsedixit Jan 29, 2014 07:44 PM

            Providence.

            1. wienermobile RE: ipsedixit Jan 29, 2014 07:48 PM

              Providence Best meal in LA

              1. Porthos RE: ipsedixit Jan 29, 2014 08:01 PM

                Look what you did ipse. You started a thread where everyone is in agreement! Unbelievable ;-)

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                  ipsedixit RE: Porthos Jan 29, 2014 08:02 PM

                  Yeah, leave it to me to stir the pot ...

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                    Porthos RE: ipsedixit Jan 29, 2014 08:04 PM

                    With cornstarch...

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                  jesstifer RE: ipsedixit Jan 29, 2014 08:06 PM

                  Tommy's.

                  Sorry. ;-)

                  1. The Oracle RE: ipsedixit Jan 30, 2014 09:59 AM

                    If you were taking me out, I'd want you to take me to Melisse, no question! Mostly because, I haven't been and have been wanting to go for what seems like forever!

                    I went to Providence shortly after they first opened and was underwhelmed by their Chef's Menu. I didn't feel it was all that (granted, this is years ago) and haven't been back since.

                    ....I HAD to be the dissenting troublemaker, I know. :)

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                      ipsedixit RE: The Oracle Jan 30, 2014 10:22 AM

                      That's a good point, The O.

                      The dinner really isn't for me, per se, more for the "other" person.

                      Thanks.

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                        foodiemahoodie RE: The Oracle Jan 30, 2014 10:42 AM

                        Oracle - give Providence another chance. They've definitely stepped up their game.

                        My first time there I wasn't overwhelmed. It was a very good, seafood oriented restaurant. But they've found their (sea?) legs and have become a world class restaurant. Love this place.

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                          josephnl RE: foodiemahoodie Jan 31, 2014 10:42 AM

                          I'm pretty much with Oracle…I prefer Melisse…but, I'm not that much into the innovative, "interesting" food that is the hallmark of Providence. I still remember the entree that I was served the first and only time there. It was sea bass that was "cooked" sous vide at 160° for a relatively short time. When served it was literally a block of warm sashimi. I personally found it inedible. Other food we had was good, and I suppose interesting, but none of the three of us at that dinner were overwhelmed. On the other hand, I've dined at Melisse multiple times, and have never had less than a delicious meal there. For me, Melisse wins hands-down!

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                        attran99 RE: ipsedixit Jan 30, 2014 10:13 AM

                        Providence...hand down winner each time I go.

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                          OscarFox RE: ipsedixit Jan 30, 2014 10:33 AM

                          Most venerated 老师,

                          evident answer is Providence.
                          But coming from you, there must be some second intention here. I'm afraid to ask.

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                            ipsedixit RE: OscarFox Jan 30, 2014 10:45 AM

                            你太客氣了! 我應該叫你師傅。

                            No agendas here, my friend. Just need to treat someone to a good meal. On me, no less.

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                            Butter Fight RE: ipsedixit Jan 30, 2014 01:07 PM

                            Just curious, what is the approximate price for either of these meals?

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                              Ernie RE: ipsedixit Jan 30, 2014 02:48 PM

                              I love Mélisse but if your guest's tastes are more on the avant-garde side, then Providence. I personally prefer the more traditional preparations available at Mélisse

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                                JMan604 RE: ipsedixit Jan 30, 2014 03:51 PM

                                You really can't go wrong with any of the two selections. I wish I had your problem.

                                Been to both, I do love both but Providence edged out Melisse by a hair.

                                I had my birthday dinner at Providence 2 years ago, I emailed them a month prior and requested for a degustation meal. I showed up at 6:30pm, ended up finishing the meal at 12:30am, that's 6 hours long. 22 courses without wine pairing (my choice). It's something one will never ever forget. Damage was $800+ with tax/tip.

                                Maybe next year, I'll give Melisse another shot but I'll request a degustation meal as well.

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                                  TailbackU RE: JMan604 Jan 31, 2014 10:32 AM

                                  $800 for how many people?

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                                    ipsedixit RE: TailbackU Jan 31, 2014 10:37 AM

                                    From the description. 2.

                                2. wienermobile RE: ipsedixit Jan 30, 2014 04:15 PM

                                  Providence also offers a dessert tasting menu.

                                  1. Searching4Dunny RE: ipsedixit Jan 30, 2014 04:44 PM

                                    I took an out of town visitor from Europe to both Melisse and Providence. He favored Providence but still enjoyed Melisse. I think the wine service at Melisse somewhat turned him off. He had selected a vintage bottle off the wine list only to have the som tell us that wine was not available for the night. I thought it was just our bad luck. My guest was convinced that Melisse was purposely listing bottles that it did not carry to enhance its wine credibility. The food was very good and service correct, but Providence provided a more unique lineup of dishes. He felt the food at Melisse, while very good, was more in line with what he was used to from restaurants in other cities.

                                    If you want to do a test run before taking your guest out I would be happy to be your guinea cochon.

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                                      The Oracle RE: Searching4Dunny Jan 30, 2014 04:57 PM

                                      *wildly waving hands - "please, take me with you!!"*

                                    2. perk RE: ipsedixit Jan 30, 2014 07:20 PM

                                      I have had lovely meals....and tasting menus....from both places. But I have to say, the one place I keep going back to is Providence. Terrific food....lovely service....great room.
                                      I keep meaning to go back to Melisse....but I manage to return to Providence on a regular basis.

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                                        jesstifer RE: ipsedixit Jan 31, 2014 08:30 AM

                                        Just a reminder, you've had this thread before. I wonder why it would pop up again just now?

                                        Fear not. Hancock Park still isn't a "bad neighborhood." Although the amuse bouche is likely to have changed since 2011. Hopefully that won't be too shockin'.

                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/749837

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                                          J.L. RE: jesstifer Jan 31, 2014 10:08 AM

                                          Restaurants can be dynamic creatures. The older thread was from 2010. Things may have changed since.

                                          Correct me if I'm wrong ipse, but I believe ipse is looking more for intel on the current "state of play" with his post.

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                                            ipsedixit RE: J.L. Jan 31, 2014 10:22 AM

                                            Correct me if I'm wrong ipse, but I believe ipse is looking more for intel on the current "state of play" with his post.
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                                            That's correct.

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                                          z78gml RE: ipsedixit Jun 10, 2014 02:20 PM

                                          Which did you pick? I'm debating with Providence Chef's menu vs Market menu.....

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                                            ipsedixit RE: z78gml Jun 10, 2014 06:06 PM

                                            Providence.

                                            But then also went to Hatfields later as well.

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                                              foodiemahoodie RE: ipsedixit Jun 11, 2014 02:10 AM

                                              Later? In the same evening?

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                                                ipsedixit RE: foodiemahoodie Jun 11, 2014 09:02 AM

                                                Later

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                                                z78gml RE: ipsedixit Jun 11, 2014 07:42 AM

                                                Which menu did you choose? I'm debating btwn the Chef's and Market menu.

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                                                  ipsedixit RE: z78gml Jun 11, 2014 09:02 AM

                                                  Chef's

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                                              jessejames RE: ipsedixit Jun 11, 2014 06:59 AM

                                              I felt like ferris bueller when we went to Melisse. It was actually filmed at l'orangerie, which i liked a lot better.

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