Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Washington DC: CityZen

CityZen was supposed to be our treat for this 3-cities trip to the U.S. East Coast. So, it is with a lot of expectations that we entered the Mandarin Oriental in Washington D.C.

I knew really wanted the tasting menu so we went for it with no delay.

We were a bit disappointed. Not that anything was bad or not well rendered; I just thought it missed some layers in the flavors and, well, the ingredients could have been fresher.
The green peas were not as fresh as those I got with my Olive and Gourmando's sandwich in Montreal (for less than $10). The lamb was not not the freshest possible either (their was a lamby taste which is not present with the freshest lamb).

Mind you, I don't want to imply that it wasn't good food, it was. But with a Kir, taxes and half a bottle of red, it was around $400. Our expectations were not met for that price point.

Asparagus salad with over roasted tomatoes, baby arugula, preserved quail egg and nicoise olive vinaigrette.

Chesapeake bay soft shell crab tempura, with Path Valley Farm rhubarb gazpacho.

Steamed pacific sable fish, with artichoke tea, Jerusalem artichoke subric and toasted lemon crumble.
Herb roasted Martin Ranch spring lamb and petit pois a la Francaise.


Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,

I just want to thank you for your blog. I was on the web trying to find the recipe for something that my husband and I ate in outh America years ago and stumbled onto your site.
Love it!
We love food, but because we live in Country Australia (we are Organic Berkshire Pork Farmers) don't get to sample as much really special creations as we would like. (Unless we get to travel)
Just love the Photos and the Narrative.
(I often don't dine out in Country Australia as the food is so... not fresh and unimaginative, and well, just not as good as I can make myself)

Its been a lovely little jaunt sharing your travel and food experiences.

JC said...

Thanks Miriam!

We're having fun writing it.

Hey, we'll actually be not too too far from you soon; we're moving to Hong Kong on September 13th.

We sure are planning a trip to Australia within nthe next 2-3 years.

Thanks again for the good words and if you are planning a trip to Hong Kong, drop us a line at jcclement@lycos.com and we'll invite you and your significant other for a nice meal out on the town!

JC & May