CityZen – Washington DC

I had a world-class meal at CityZen in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington DC last week.  This restaurant is consistently in the top 10 for DC.  The chef is CIA trained, and has worked at Spago, French Laundry and PerSe.  The menu is farm-to-table oriented, but with creative touches.  There is a set tasting menu and you can also choose four courses from a semi-ala-carte menu.  Excellent wine list.  Great cocktails.  Lovely ambiance.  Wonderful service.  I thought all the food had real clarity, great depth of flavor.  Made my day.  Highly recommended.

What we ate and drank:


Amuse Bouche of Squash puree


YUBA WRAPPED CRAB ROLL – Marinated Kohlrabi Salad and Nani Winarni’s Indonesian Peanut Sauce

SWEET BUTTER POACHED MAINE LOBSTER – Turkish Eggplant, Sweet Peppers and Coconut Curry Emulsion

Domaine Roger-Joseph Belland Morgeot-Clos Pitois Monopole, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, France

BRAISED OAKLEIGH FARM VEAL SHOULDER – Yukon Gold Potato Risotto and Arrowleaf Spinach Duxelles

Hirsch Vineyards “San Andreas” Pinot Noir 2009

DELICIOUS Parker House Rolls!  Melt in your mouth!

VALRHONA CHOCOLATE BRIOCHE – Roasted White Chocolate and Whole Milk Ice Cream

Petite Fours


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