We recently ventured past the 405 to hit Melisse in Santa Monica with our friends from Table 8, the new restaurant reservation app that’s changing everything (and of which Melisse is one of a collection of carefully selected restaurants where you can buy last minutes reservations). Melisse’ two-star Michelin chef Josiah Citrine, who is born to French parents although he is from Santa Monica (went to SaMo) and is an avid surfer, came out to join us. The food at Melisse is offered as a fixed menu and you can decide between the amount of courses you want – you can also add truffles, more caviar or sub in vegetarian. If given enough time, Chef Josiah also told us he will do all sorts of options, substitutions, dietary restrictions, preferences, etc. While we were at Melisse, there was a pre-party going on in the private dinning room for Thomas Keller’s “Ment’or Young Chef” challenge to be held the next night at his restaurant Bouchon in Beverly Hills.