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Citronelle: A Disappointing Experience

ponocat | Feb 1, 200803:02 PM

This week we dined at Citronelle for the first time since last year. It was such a disappointment! We had the "Promenade Gourmande" for $175 each. We barely ate anything all day so that we could do the meal justice, but even being hungry didn't save the meal. I give a thorough rundown on my website, but let me say the main points here. There was not a single dish that was innovative and many of the ingredients were either in poor shape (overly frozen sablefish; tasteless truffles) or very poorly cooked (well-done veal and sweetbreads; tough lobster morsel). And the sequencing of dishes was not well-thought-out. Serving a very garlicy escargot next to a delicate salmon mousse, for example, was not a good idea. What was really bad is that a multi-course dinner at this cost could have no outstanding dishes. Citronelle is resting on its laurels. I won't go back again.

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