Last night we went to CitiZen Restaurant in Mandarin Oriental Hotel to have the delayed celebration for June 1st, children’s day! I know I’m too old for that, but Star still treats me like a little girl, gifts and dinner for a grown up little girl! 🙂
We’ve dined in many good places in DC area but CitiZen is the best one so far! The food is SPECTACULAR, the service is AMAZING and the decor ROMANTIC and CHIC! The combination is just PERFECT! The only problem is that it’s hard to get a reservation. I’ve tried it at least three times before and no luck, this time I was lucky to be able to get a table at 9.30PM.
CitiZen with an open kitchen and 20-foot high ceilings, this sleek dining room somehow manages to maintain intimacy. The environment is resplendent with warm hues, rich fabrics and contemporary textures. The floors to ceiling windows create a dramatic effect, while the oversized lampshades and unique fire wall add whimsy and passion to your dining experience. This distinguished restaurant is the ideal destination to celebrate success, congratulate, or simply indulge in some of the finest dining in America. It has many awards.
They offer two dining options: a six-course tasting menu or 3-course menu. Without looking into details of the menu, we opted for the six course tasting menu.
Pre-appetizer was a tempera like texture of potato and fish
I had a glass of white wine and Star had a glass of red wine
bread and butter was served
Course #1: Chailey Fars Sorrel Bavarois with Chioga Beet and Warm Colombia Rver Salmon Croutons
the salmon was delicious!
Course #2: Oakleigh Farm Nature Fed Veal Tataki, Spring Garlic Croustillant, Pickled Ginger Coulis, and Wrinkle Crinkle Cress
It looks inviting but we both found the meat tasteless. They saw that we barely touch it, they apologized and offered a replacement! 🙂 I told you, the service is GOOD!
Course #3: Pan Seared Maine Sea Scallops, english peas, pork jowl vinaigrette and Micro Hong Vit
You know how much I love scallops and I have a fine tasting-buds for the 😉 These were WONDERFUL! Perfectly seared, tender and so so tasty!!!
Replacement of Course #2: I don’t know the name but I’ll try to describe it. The top layer is a pork sausage, the second layer is leek and truffle and the base was sealed pork which was INCREDIBLE tasty! I don’t like pork but this one was soooo well made that even I like it!
Course #4: Sauteed Chesapeake Ba Softshell Crab with Path Valley Farms Oregano and Spring Asparagus Ravigote
Again, really tasty!
Course #5: Herb Roasted Martin Ranch Baby Lam with Chick Pea Croquettes, Turmeric Paste and marinated Red Pepper
By then I was quite full so I only had one piece of the lamb and two croquettes (mine and Star’s). The lamb was very tender but not as tasty as other courses. However, the croquettes were delicious!
They came with a box of fresh baked glazed mini buns. So so cute!
Pre-dessert was melon sorbet over a greek yogurt sauce
Course #6: Black Cocoa-Cardamon Cake, Creme Fraiche Mousse and Peppermint Sorbet
I love the sorbet and the mousse
Petite fours were offered to finish
I had one of these mini macaroons
and one of the dark chocolate squares
What a great dining experience! I enjoyed every moment of it, the food, the service, the atmosphere and most importantly, the company! 🙂
Q: What’s your weekend plan? We are going shopping today and I need to pack. I’m flying back to Shanghai on Monday 6AM. 🙂