Mélisse is an upscale restaurant in Santa Monica, California that serves French-influenced contemporary American cuisine from Michelin star chef Josiah Citrin.
The restaurant sets itself apart by integrating 3D printing technologies into its menu items. A standout is its onion soup, which is served with croutons made with additive manufacturing. In partnership with 3D Systems, Mélisse developed artfully intricate croutons using an aromatic onion powder for its unique soup dish. The statement crouton is garnished with chive blossoms, chive and a sliver of tempura onion.
Mélisse's use of 3D printing to reinterpret classic dishes speaks to the way that 3D-printed dinnerware and dish-specific ingredients may be used to take upscale cuisine to a new level of experience and enjoyment through customization.