Friday, September 4, 2009

Review: Anniversary dinner at Citronelle

I recently celebrated my third anniversary and my husband surprised me with reservations to Citronelle. Overall, the food was fabulous. We left feeling extremely full. The atmosphere of this Georgetown restaurant is somewhat stuffy with a predominantly older crowd. Citronelle has two levels, with the bar area on the first level and the dining room in the basement. There is a large wine cellar behind tinted glass walls in the basement. The tables are much larger than the average DC restaurant and spaced comfortably apart from each other for a more intimate feel. We opted for the three-course menu priced at $105 per person. The menu doesn't provide much description for the dishes so we ended up asking our French waiter lots of questions. We went with the VICHYSSOISE and LOBSTER “BEGULA” PASTA for our appetizers. The Vichyssoise is a creamy leek soup with crispy potato shavings. The Lobster dish was a squid ink risotto that looks like begula and presented in a caviar tin with chunks of lobster and a poached egg. The lobster dish was our favorite. Four our main courses, we went with the HALIBUT, lobster saffron broth, english peas and CHATEAUBRIAND, pearl vegetables, yukon gold gratin, syrah sauce. The Chateaubriand was perfectly cooked with rich flavor from the first-class wine reduction sauce . Even though we had no room for dessert, we managed to indulge with the BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE with dulce de leche sauce and the PASSION-FRUIT SOUFFLÉ. At the close of our meal, we asked the waiter to take a photo of us because it was our anniversary. He obliged and brought out a sparkler to the table. We thought that was a nice gesture until we saw it added to our bill. This was a little disappointing considering the the fact that we had just spent a decent amount of money for the meal. While we enjoyed the food, it is almost like you are paying for the name more than cuisine. My favorite is still CityZen. Thank you for a special night Corey!

3000 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

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