Sunday, March 11, 2007

CITRON, Oakland, CA

It's always fun to find new places that you'd actually want to revisit. Citron is a little place hidden in the Rockridge District of Oakland and offers a combination of French and Mediterranean dishes in a cozy upscale atmosphere. According to a SF Chronicle review, "Citron is a charming neighborhood restaurant with a destination attitude."

We had originally planned to sample Citron's tasting menu, but opted for a la carte options instead. There are lots of interesting choices, and given that Andrea couldn't keep her eyes off of other diners' plates, I'm sure we'll be going back to explore the rest of the menu soon. Here's what we had on our first visit:

Crab Cakes served with a Red Pepper Sauce and Lemon Aioli

Wild Mushroom Fritters with Red Pepper Sauce and Arugula

Roasted New York Steak over Escarole and Caramelized Onion, Straw Potato Cake and a Green Peppercorn Sauce

Grilled Lamb Sirloin with a Winter Root Vegetable Hash, Savoy Spinach and Caramelized Shallots

Lemon Huckleberry Ice Cream Sandwich with Honey Meringue and Petite Chocolate Lavender Truffles
Although we are notorious chocolate lovers, we decided to be bold and try something different - which was a good thing since this dessert turned out to be one of the highlights of the meal. The refreshing and creamy lemon-huckleberry ice cream, paired with the airy honey meringue and the rich lavender truffles was a perfect combination and a fabulous ending to a wonderful meal.

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