How far would you go for escargot? Here in the Valley, diners have been known to travel more than 40 miles, with traffic at a ... More
How far would you go for escargot? Here in the Valley, diners have been known to travel more than 40 miles, with traffic at a "snail's pace," for this fine French cuisine. This critically acclaimed Continental cafe is located in a shopping plaza, but don't let that dissuade you. You will find that it is worth the trip. The restaurant has a country French, small and intimate dining room. Service is classic and professional. Traditional cuisine includes sweetbreads, escargot, steak au poivre and cassoulet.
I was surprised after eating here about the praise this restaurant gets online. My waiter must read some of it because he used some of the same points about exploring the �dining experience� that reviewers have used here. I arrived at the restaurant with a good appetite but I found the quality of the meat, although well prepared, to be poor, and the same for my date�s food. It is possible to serve not quite fresh meat but prepare it well, although you can never completely hide the taste. Regardless my date and I suffered some stomach discomfort the next day (we had chicken and duck). I talked to a friend later and he reported the same problem (with the rabbit). Although the chef has good recipes he may not be selecting the quality of his meat carefully.
I will say that Citrus had a very eloquent and well-spoken waiter, who had a sense of style that takes time to learn. The problem is that even the most eloquently served poor quality meat will still cause bloating and stomach discomfort. Perhaps people that have iron stomachs can eat at Citrus from time to time and enjoy the atmosphere, yet be willing to sacrifice some occasional discomfort for the experience. But in my opinion people should have higher standards for their food. For example you can go to AJ�s Fine Foods, pick up all the same ingredients, and make your own high quality French cuisine at home for half the price. Check your local bookstore for books on French cooking and try it at home. Or if you enjoy service, find a restaurant with more quality control over its meats.
Citrus was not the worst place I have eaten, but given the prices I thought they could do better and it made me angry. They have style but lack quality.
I hope I do not offend people that really liked Citrus Cafe, but this is my honest opinion.
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