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citizen cake report- what happened? (LONG)

bandit | Apr 21, 200501:41 PM

We first went to Citizen Cake right when the Chef change had just happened some time ago and we were surprised at how good it was, we had a great meal. Then we went last night and it was really a disaster, I mean really bad, the menu was our first clue...There were many non-complimentary elements, such as "Prawns and Mussels over Pork and Beans" which really none of the combinations sounded appetizing and I appreciate/enjoy creativity and exploration so we went for it but this food spoke for itself, see below...

There were three of us, we spent $125 and we were there early evening, two of us don’t drink…

- "Baby greens, asian pear, candied walnuts and blue cheese with sherry-walnut vinaigrette 10.00" this was ok, nothing too creative and a fair amount of greens, after the rest of the meal it was a good dish

- "Green garlic and crescenza flan with marinated beets 9.00" gosh, this was just weird, all the flavors together, just was not harmonies, nothing complemented each other, the beets totally overtook the flan, which couldn't stand alone but didn't really work with the mache either and I love flan, the cheese, green garlic and beets even are good but this was just not tasty when it was put together

- soup special was Potato Leek $10, it was again ok but you can find it at any number of restaurants, it was solid and the elements of taste were present and nothing was overwhelming or demanding which would have been nice in several other dishes

- "Liberty duck breast with warm lentils de Puy, daikon sprouts, toasted almonds, sesame oil, dried cherries, blood orange and tangerine syrups 24.00 " this was eaten with no comments from our guest from Texas and its hard for gay man who loves to cook not to comment, we didn't want to taste because the other entrees/starters were also not good. It wasn't bad, like non-eatable but just individual flavors were fighting/overwhelming instead of augmenting each other.

- poached halibut with a hollandaise sauce, some potatoes, olive tapinade, juices and green onions of some sort (not on todays menu and I don’t remember all the details) 24.00- individual elements were again good but any combination was not good and certainly sad because the poached halibut seemed to be drowning in the various juices and sauce, which it was a beautifully prepared and generous piece of fish with sea salt sprinkled on top and then horrifically dumped into a bowl of weird things. its hard to describe other than to say weird

The dessert menu was also again very exploratory and not in a way that my gf and I were willing to venture after the first two courses, which really speaks to how bad they were....we settled on something from the case. The menu has changed online, so I can't remember everything but there was a Chocolate Beet cake, a "turkish" concoction of some sort and other items that in looking at today’s menu, I am sorely disappointed as the items listed today appear much more appetizing ?? WHY WHY WHY ??

- Rhubarb concoction, our friend ordered because he had more faith in the desserts given the theme of the place. I am a big rhubarb fan and was not remotely tempted to taste his, he didn't finish and we didn't discuss (again think about 3 people who really love food and eating out not talking about it)

- lemon curd tart, the curd part was outstanding, the crust was good and the meringue was good but too much, it overpowered the lemon, but then again I love me some lemon, so its probably great for non-lemon lovers ??

I had read several recent posts from people who said they were not going back and we were shocked into thinking we really do have bad taste in food because we really liked it (and a similar thread on Jeanty at Jacks had me suspicious about our tastes, we don’t drink and that has something to do with it) but I really want to echo we will not be going back here either....

Too bad because the last time we were there it was really good and its so close to the theaters...

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