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Citizen - KRLD menu ( somewhat long)

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Citizen - KRLD menu ( somewhat long)

Dave R | Aug 20, 2004 09:35 AM

We (2 couples) ate at Citizen last night and tried the KRLD week menu. I've never been there before, so I have no basis for comparison, but here goes. We got there at 7:00 and there was 1 other table seated (this will be meaningful later). We were seated right away and given the KRLD menus and 1 of the regular menus. We had to ask for a wine list and they were out of my 1st selection (a pet peeve of mine). It is an attractive place in a minimalist chic sort of way, but 2 complaints: 1) the light fixtures shown straight down in a very limited area (and it was hard to read the descriptions on the menu if you weren't in that area) and 2) we sat at one of those half booth/half table things that the back of the booth was very high and straight (which was quite uncomfortable by the end of the evening).
Anyway, 2 people ordered the sushi and 2 ordered the imperial rolls for appetizer (nobody selected the red curry lobster bisque). I had the imperial roll. It was fried to a nice crisp without being greasy and filled with ground pork and some minute pieces of vegetables. It was a little bland so I used the chili dipping sauce that accompanied it. It was a little too sweet and lacked any real chili bite. The sushi was all finished off, so it must have been ok.
For entrees, 2 ordered the citrus beef and 2 ordered the black cod with blond miso sauce (no one ordered the lemongrass chicken). My citrus beef was very stringy and gristly, but the other order didn't seem to have the same problem. The flavor was fine, but the brocoli that accompanied it was the most bland that I've ever had. I know it was steamed, but does that mean that it can't be seasoned? The black cod dish was the better choice. The fish was sauteed to a nice crust stage and had a good balance of flavors (but since my wife didn't share hers, I didn't get to try it).
For dessert, 3 of us ordered the roasted stone fruits with vanilla ice cream and almond slices and one ordered the molten chocolate cake (I think that orange sorbet was the 3rd choice). The stone fruits (one small peach half, 2 cherries and 1 small apricot half) were fine, but did not appear to have been roasted. The chocaholic ate less then half of the molten chocolate cake, so I guess that she wasn't smitten by it.
The rest of the story was the service. We were seated at 7:00, ordered around 7:20, received our appetizers around 7:50, received our entrees around 9:00 and our desserts around 9:45. We left around 10:15, having watched many tables turn over during our stay. Normally, I don't mind a leisurely meal provided that it is well paced, but this didn't have the appearance of being intentional.
Overall, it was fine but certainly not a place that I'm in any hurry to return to.

Dave R

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