Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day Dinner at Millesime

Valentine's Day is a funny time of year. I'm always torn between thinking what the big deal is and secretly wanting flowers, candy and of course, a valentine. It's nice to be appreciated on any day and probably means more when tokens of love are shown spontaneously yet it doesn't feel great when no one appreciates you on Valentine's Day! This year, I went out to dinner on Friday rather than the actual day. I hate special Valentine's Day menus and sitting 3 inches from other couples. That is not romantic at all. So to avoid all that mumbo jumbo, Friday was a perfect night to eat out wherever I wanted. After some research, I decided to check out Millesime in the Carlton Hotel.

Millesime is a beautiful French brasserie run by Laurent Manrique, a former chef at Aqua in San Francisc. Chef Manrique was also at Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria, back in the day. I was excited to try this place. The menu was mostly seafood and looked creative and tantalizing. The restaurant space also looked beautiful, situated on the second floor of the hotel lobby. A jazz bar sits on the first floor. I was not disappointed.

ooh la la!

It felt like I stepped out of NYC and straight into Paris. The space was bustling but still intimate and cozy.
amazingly fresh seafood platter

calamari carbonara. slivers of calamari mixed with egg, pancetta, parmesan. looks a bit like top ramen

caesar salad with smoked black cod and parmesan. the black cod was a nice touch

mussels creole style with curry, apples and coconut bouillon

you can't have mussels without fries. yum.

pineapple carpaccio and coconut ice cream. not impressive, but i ate it all anyway

Loved my experience at Millesime. The food was fresh and light. Service was great. Ambiance was romantic and fun. Great place to linger over a long meal. I'd definitely go back.

Even though I was stuffed, I came home from this meal to have some of these...

Macaroons from La Maison du Macaron. Definitely the best macaroons I've tasted. Not only are they fun to look at, they're fruity and bursting with flavor. Little bites of spring. :)

I had a very French Valentine's celebration. I hope everyone's was just as lovely. <3

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