Food: celebrating at CitiZen

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! πŸ™‚

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.

IMG_3754.JPGCitiZen 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 manyΒ 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! πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ™‚


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. πŸ™‚



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10 responses to “Food: celebrating at CitiZen

  1. What a beautiful dinner! Reminds me that hubby and I have been trying to have a “grown up” dinner (without the toddler in a “non-toddler friendly” restaurant) for a while now, but somehow it never works out…

    Have a wonderful trip!

  2. looks like a great meal! and a place like that should definitely have fantastic service, so I’m glad you had a good experience.

    best wishes for safe travels!

  3. What an elegant meal! I’ll have to remember that for the next time I am in DC!

  4. Star treats you exactly the way you should be treated: like a princess! πŸ™‚
    What a glorious night…every dish looks amazing!

  5. Wait..Children’s Day?!?! When I was young I used to always say to my parents, “why is there a mother’s day and a father’s day, but no children’s day?!” and they always said, “Everyday is children’s day! ” haha

    So in China there really IS a Children’s Day?!! Wow.

    The food looks amazing, especially….the baked glazed buns!!! They look too perfect to eat. Almost like donuts!

  6. Annie

    delish!!! i love the idea of mini buns!

  7. Roz

    WOW….what an amazing looking dining experience. Glad you enjoyed it, and glad you shared the photos with us!

  8. Looks like it was the perfect evening out, Coco! You’re right the decor is gorgeous…and the food all looks fantastic!

  9. oh dang I would try the 6 sample menu too! πŸ˜› everything looks delicious and you look beautiful Coco~~

    haha I find it funny how ginormous the dessert plate is, and how tiny the dessert itself is.

  10. DiningAndDishing

    that meal looks completely incredible! like works of art :). i need to go there stat! πŸ™‚

    – Beth @

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