It was a wonderful night out and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I had told my father he would feel completely lavished with attention from the staff (it was his 70th birthday present) and he was (he was truly impressed with the cheese cart server).
So here are some tidbits on the Menton experience -no need to worry about parking - Valet service is available. I tried to make reservation with Open Table (about 2 months before going) and it did not show anything available, so I called and a table was available leading me to believe that not all reservations can be made at Menton through Open Table. Before going, I wanted to see the wine list so I could forward it to my father so he could figure out what wines he would like to order. Nothing is on the web site in this regard, but when I called and requested it be e-mailed the staff was quite accommodating.
Our party of 4 went to Menton to celebrate 2 birthdays. I has asked that a bottle of champagne be waiting when we arrived and it was poured for us as soon as we sat down and was perfectly chilled. 2 of us ordered the four-course prix fixe menu and 2 the more elaborate seven-course chef’s tasting menu. In addition to the courses that you get with those, the table is presented with a number of small appetizers served in very creative ways - 2 that stood out were the "onion whoopie pies" and the wonderful soup they served. There were a number of others presented in between other courses for palate cleansing and the like. One was presented on rocks, the other on a frozen plate of some kind.
I think the table favorite of everyone's courses was the Cape scallops. They were incredibly sweet and tasty and perfectly prepared (my dad even asked for a few extra and they brought him some). Warning don't fill up on the bread even though it is great (a mix of mini croissants, crusty rolls, etc..) Of my courses my favorite was the Kampachi - served raw with pumpkin seeds and sorrel. I had the squab as my main entree choice - some of it was overcooked, but the part that wasn't was very tasty (although I must say I have had better). The dessert component of my meal -a Blood Orange Galette- was underwhelming - I have had much better desserts many other places. They did bring the 2 birthday celebrants their dessert with a lit candle and Happy Birthday written in dark chocolate on the plate. My husband enjoyed the duck course of his meal very much as well.We also had selections from the cheese cart. Very very good - I wish I could remember all of the ones we had, but I do remember there was a fantastic selection and the server quite knowledgeable. It is an additional fee to your meal (pretty hefty) - but we enjoy cheese so splurged. The wine list is fine - nothing out of this world - we had 2 reds in addition to the champagne that were fine (if you remember XV Beacon that was my kind of cellar).
Is this the best restaurant I have ever been to, or dining experience I have ever had? No - is it the most I have paid per person - no - is the service some of the best I have had - yes.
Would I go again? I would think about options available and whether there were another restaurant I was dying to try. Our bill was over $1100 to give you an idea of price (that included the tip). Did we all have a great time? Absolutely!!