AGLET – We're Gonna Tour The World Together! Updated 11/9!!!

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  1. MEK

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    So, I am seriously toying with adding a Citricos ADR on our last night and am even more anxious to read your review. I hope it is coming soon. popcorn::
     
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  3. Stringbean&Wingnut

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    Most likely today!! :thumbsup2
     
  4. Stringbean&Wingnut

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    Soon enough (relatively speaking, at that point we were both ravenous), it was time for our dinner at Citricos. We went over to the check-in area (which also shares a waiting area with the much fancier Victoria & Albert's), and put our name in. We also, since the secret was entirely out in the open, confirmed that a Cinderella's slipper dessert was slated to come our way.

    All was noted on the reservation, all well and good. Take a seat, we'll call you in a few minutes.

    There are a few tables around the check-in desk, but we were much more interested in checking out the menu for Victoria and Albert's that was posted on the wall.

    While we were standing by the entrance, checking out the fancy-sounding descriptions of the endless courses, a group in full eveningwear was escorted into the restaurant. The doors closed swiftly behind them.

    (We had dressed nicely for our dinner, but I guess our business-casual outfits didn't quite make their grade. :laughing:)

    A few moments later, we were led to our table at Citricos, which had a front-row view of the open kitchen.

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    The restaurant never became exceptionally busy while we were there, however, we were the only table seated in this area. The majority of rest of the diners that came in were all seated on the opposite side of the room, along the windows. I was happy with our view, though, it was very interesting to watch the chefs at work.

    Clearly, Citricos doesn't share their napkins with the rest of the restaurants in Disney.

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    Or their drink stirrers.

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    (Well, those could be used in a few more places than the napkins could.)

    Soon after we were seated, bread and butter were brought to the table.

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    The bread basked had both regular sourdough bread and an olive bread in it. We both really liked the olive bread, it had a great flavor and reminded me of the Kalamata olive toast at Kouzzina.

    The butter came with sea salt, which seems to be showing up more and more in the Disney restaurants. However, along with the sea salt, the butter was also sprinkled with citrus zest. I really enjoyed this extra flavor, and thought it added both a nice visual and taste to the usual butter pat.

    Another attention-to-detail aspect of Citricos that I enjoyed was the unique dishes that some of the courses were served on. Check out Wingnut's bread dish, in the background of that photo.

    I had been a bit torn as to what appetizer I wanted, but the Blue Crab Pavé kept standing out to me. I do not normally eat seafood (Wingnut says he loves going to hibachi restaurants with me because he always gets my shrimp :laughing:.), so this was a bit of a departure from something I would usually order.

    Wingnut: Are you sure you're going to like it?
    Me: No. But I'm going to get it.

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    I am very very sorry to report that I no longer see this dish on the Citricos menu, because it was absolutely fantastic. I literally ate every single bite on the plate, save for the bit or two Wingnut got. It consisted of lump crab, capers, Meyer lemon, fennel-celery salad, avocado, olive tapenade and Piquillo vinaigrette. I loved the different flavors and textures that were going on, it was extremely fresh and bright tasting. Wingnut agreed, really enjoying it as well.

    For his appetizer, Wingnut got the Chefs Tapas Plate, which had beef and pork spiced panadas with tamarind sauce.

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    These had a great beef and pork flavor, which was wrapped up in crispy, flaky pastry. Wingnut thought that they were very tasty, and I thought so as well. The tamarind sauce added a nice sweetness, which we both enjoyed.

    Throughout our meal, I was watching the chefs at work, and noticed that a lot of the diners that night had ordered the veal shank (which is sitting on the counter in this picture.)

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    However, that isn't what either of us had chosen!

    For my entree, I went with the oak-fired filet, which was accompanied by Spanish onions, peppadew and banana peppers, and a four-cheese potato puree. The menu also lists it as coming with a veal glace, but I left that off.

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    The filet was excellent, it had a great flavor. However, the star of the dish, in my opinion, was the potato puree. It was SO SO good, creamy and cheesy and wonderful. The onions and peppers seemed a little bit out-of-place on the dish, however, I am attributing that to the fact that I left off the sauce it was supposed to come with (no veal for this girl!). I had a few of them, but preferred the beef and the potatoes on their own.

    Wingnut chose the grilled swordfish for his entree:

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    This was accompanied by trenne pasta, white anchovy-tomato sauce, kalamata olives, roasted fennel, baby artichokes, and black truffle vinaigrette. He really enjoyed this dish, saying it was very good, and that it was probably the best piece of fish he has ever had (he eats far more seafood than I do). He is still going nuts trying to figure out how they got the pasta in the triangular shape! :laughing:

    (I did not sample this dish. I had completed my seafood tasting bravery quotient for a good amount of time after my appetizer :rotfl:.)

    Throughout our meal, I had been savoring the four-cheese potatoes like they were a precious commodity. (Well, they were!) When I was finally down to one last bite of pureed bliss, one of the staff came around, reaching for my plate.

    "Are you done with that?"

    Startled, I wasn't quite sure what to say. On one hand, well, no. On the other, I didn't want to be the girl who lunged across the table for one more bite of mashed potatoes. The woman seemed to sense that she had arrived a bite too early, and was extremely sweet and apologetic, offering to hand me the plate back.

    "No, it's okay! I was done!" I let that tiny bite of potato go, not wanting to fluster the poor woman further. Also, I knew dessert was on the way!

    We were then given dessert menus, and I remembered from the previous year that Narcoosees had sent us the slipper dessert before we had even placed our orders for dessert (giving us the opportunity to gauge optimal remaining stomach space!). I thought that this was odd, but figured it would be soon-coming.

    We placed our dessert orders, and they soon arrived, sans slipper.

    Hmm.

    This definitely was not correct.

    We flagged down our server, and explained that we should have a Cinderella's slipper dessert on our reservation as well. She said she'd go check, and returned to the kitchen.

    We took this opportunity to sample 2/3rds of our desserts for that evening.

    I had chosen the warm chocolate banana torte:

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    Wow, this was rich and sinful! It had a wonderful warm and lovely chocolate and banana taste that Wingnut and I both enjoyed. It was accompanied by a nice vanilla ice cream, which was a nice difference from the richness of the chocolate in the torte. I was very tempted to wear the chocolate sculpture as a crown, but being seated front and center, I chickened out.

    Wingnut chose the tasting of gelato:

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    This came with vanilla bean, raspberry, and double chocolate gelatos. Wingnut is not normally a vanilla ice cream fan, but he reported that strangely enough, the vanilla was his favorite flavor. The raspberry was very good, but the chocolate was far too bitter and dark for his taste.

    Very quickly, our server reappeared with this:

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    She apologized, explaining that nobody had let her know that there was a slipper noted on our reservation. We were thankful for the slipper investigation of earlier, as we would have never known that it was supposed to have been delivered during this meal! (I wonder what would have happened at California Grill then...:laughing:)

    (Interestingly, my parents had dined at Citricos a few months ago, and had also ordered a slipper dessert for their meal. And theirs also had been forgotten in the kitchen. :confused:)

    Okay. All is well!

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    At this point, our table looked like this:

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    The plate-retrieving woman from earlier swung by our table, and smiled at all the desserts awaiting our consumption. "Wow, that all looks wonderful!" she commented.

    "Yes, we're huge pigs. I know." I replied, a bit sheepish. We all laughed, and Wingnut and I ate as much dessert as we humanly possibly could.

    The slipper dessert was just as wonderful as it had been in Narcoosees. It is made of a white chocolate slipper, filled with white chocolate mousse, and dotted with raspberries and a dark chocolate teardrop filled with chocolate mousse, topped with white chocolate shavings. The plate also has a wonderful raspberry sauce design on it.

    We thoroughly (although definitely not completely!) enjoyed all of our desserts. :cloud9:

    Overall, we both really enjoyed our dinner at Citricos. We would definitely consider a return trip in the future, the food and the service were both excellent!
     
  5. rndmr2

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    Wow your dinner looked great! The desserts looked good, too. I really would love one of those Chocolate Slippers too. I'll have to hint to DH next trip...
     
  6. 3prettyprincesses

    3prettyprincesses "These pretzels are making me thirsty!"

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    Did your business casual attire consist of gray converse sneakers? Minnie ears? A jaunty hat for Wingnut? If so, then I'd wager they would've thrown you out of V&A's!:laughing: Kidding, kidding.

    Man, that butter sounds divine with the citrus zest! What a great idea. I might have to try that. I love sea salt as well so this sounds amazing!

    Ok, Wingnut's bread dish reminds me of my grandfather's ashtray!:laughing: It was the same amber colored glass. But I'm sure it had a much snootier air about it at Citricos!

    I like your confidence! Me personally, I hate all seafood much to my family's disgrace. I'm the odd ball who orders chicken when we all go out for seafood.

    Yum! That looks delicious. I don't care for veal either.


    :laughing: Yes, I'd have been having the same imaginary conversation with myself! My mom had this happen to her when we went to breakfast once. She had maybe a centimeter of bacon left and the waitress tried to whisk it away. My mom told her she wasn't done and took the plate back forcibly while I contemplated crawling under the table out of embarrassment! I even made her a ceramic plate with the words "leave the bacon" one year for a Christmas gift! We still laugh about it.


    Oh my, that looks amazing! Though I would've passed on the banana flavor though. I'm not big on banana but the rest looks good!

    Why didn't you?:confused3 ;)

    I love gelato and Wingnut's looks delish! That chocolate one on the end reminds of chili though.

    Hooray, the super secret slipper appeared! Were you surprised?:laughing: Next time you should just order it yourself and tell Wingnut that he just bought you a slipper dessert at such and such restaurant.:thumbsup2

    Sara, you're too tiny put all that food away! But it looks so good and I'm happy to hear you put a serious dent in it.

    It sounds like Citricos was a hit! And your review was excellent as always.:thumbsup2 Were you able to roll yourselves back to the Poly??
     
  7. marDgreen88

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    We can't have commoners at 'Ohana across the lake using the Citricos napkins. It's just unheard of. :laughing:

    Aw, your last bit of potatoes. I completely understand how you felt though, you don't want to be THAT person. "GIVE ME BACK MY POTATOES FOOL!"

    Those little chocolate drawings on the dessert plates always just amaze me. I know they're just stencils but still. The slipper dessert looks awesome! I love the little hearts in the sauce.

    Awesome review! You have a talent, I swear.
     
  8. Simba22

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    One of the contributors for All Ears did a little write up on the original concept for DHS...There was to be an entire section called Muppet Studios!! [B]http://allears.net/ae/issue647.htm[/B]
     
  9. teekathepony

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    Oooh what a great looking meal at Citricos!
    I hate when servers have their hand on your plate and are almost taking it away already before they ask. I totally understand how you felt! I wouldn't want to lunge for potatoes either.
    The slipper dessert is so pretty!
     
  10. Fantasyland Mom

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    Oh, wow. That all looks delicious! I'd especially like the crab dish, I think, though I don't like capers (but I love olives...strange one, I know) at all--are they strong in the dish?

    I'm glad you got your slipper! I kind of chuckled thinking about you showing up at California Grill, demanding your slipper and them having no clue what you were talking about:rotfl2:! Yay for investigating earlier, even if it did spoil the surprise just a little. Still, a slipper! Even without a surprise it is awesome:thumbsup2.

    I'm not a huge sweets person, but I would have been proud to have a table that covered in desserts. I think I would have proudly worn the chocolate crown.
     
  11. Simba22

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    Your dinner at Citricos looks amazing! I read your review of the filet and potatoes to my BF and he asked if we could eat there, based on the potatoes alone! :laughing: Although the chocolate banana torte looks fabulous and it's right up my alley, dessert wise.... I'll have to see if I can fit it in for 2013!

    And I TOTALLY get the shoes thing! We were scheduled for dinner at Jiko on our 2010 trip, but were planning to go straight there from AK, and I brought a special tote bag to bring to the park that day that would contain an entire change of clothes for us...including shoes. Of course, my BF got sick that day so we ended up staying at the resort and never made it to the park, much less dinner. So yeah, don't feel bad about the change of shoes :laughing:
     
  12. __disneygirl

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    YUM. You are great at dining reviews. I've never really thought about trying Citricos, I guess b/c we love California Grill oh so much, but everything looks and sounds amazing.

    My favorite part is when you said you resisted to use the chocolate as a crown b/c that is totally what I thought of when I saw it. :rotfl: You made the right choice though, Citricos does not seem like the type of place that would appreciate their food being worn atop one's head. :laughing:

    Ahh, the slipper. I haven't had one of those since 2006! Better make a note of that for our next trip. SO SO GOOD.
     
  13. Jennifer48

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    What a great meal!

    Servers always do 2 things to me, 1) ask how my food is when I have food in my mouth and 2) ask if I'm finished when I'm not, ever. Silly people!

    So glad you got your slipper AND two additional desserts!
     
  14. Nermel9

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    Great Citricos review! I have never, ever wanted to eat there, but now, after reading about your experience, I want to! :thumbsup2 Everything sounds so good!

    Ok. I want one of those glass slipper desserts. I guess I'll have to make Brandon order one for me when we go to CA Grill! Do they always come in white chocolate, or can you get them in milk or dark chocolate? I'll have to do some investigating! :rotfl:
     
  15. tinacaplan

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    Well, reading your review of Citrico's is making me want to write mine! :lmao: Because it would be fairly similar. Mark had the same appetizer as Wingnut and I had the swordfish, too. And I was a very, very happy girl. :goodvibes

    Too bad about the mistake with the slipper, but they got that beauty all straightened out in the end.
     
  16. jecskc

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    I loved your review. I wish I could write a review like that, but as much as I love food, I just can't deliver like you can. Maybe I need more practice. Anyhoodle .... I loved it. Thanks for sharing.
     
  17. IheartDDuck

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    Well now. Citricos is definitely going to be on my list. And your dish looks exactly like what I would order, for sure.

    I'm very glad that you got the slipper figured out! Their track record doesn't seem too good though if they forgot your parents slipper too!

    Oh, and you totally should have worn the chocolate crown on your head.....and documented it.
     
  18. MeMom

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    It all looked delcious!
     
  19. sophie832

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    We enjoyed Citricos on our last trip. The warm banana torte was the only dessert that we both ordered (usually we tried to each order something different). Good thing, too, because it was so tasty that I doubt either one of us would've shared :laughing: The slipper looks almost too beautiful to eat! For us, Citricos was a much better experience than Cali Grill, but there were other restaurants that trumped both of those.

    Can't wait to hear about Bistro de Paris and Artist Point!
     
  20. MEK

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    All I can say in YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I'm so glad I saw this update before I left for work. It would not be the same without the pictures!

    So now I am torn. I definitely want to eat there in June but I'm not sure where I will fit it in. I don't have that manner ADRs because of my brother's family. But perhaps I will need to sneak away from them for an evening. :rotfl2:
     
  21. SoNotAPrincess

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    Thank you for the wonderfully detailed Citricos review...I've said it before, but you really could write food reviews for a living!

    I must remember to try the potatoes...they sound quite spectacular!

    You had a little piece of dessert heaven there! I love the chocolate crown sculpture and completely understand the impulse to wear it. The slipper dessert looks wonderful, as usual.
     

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