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Friday, November 18, 2011

Dinner at Citricos

Sitting on the same level as the Monorail Station and sharing a lobby with Victoria and Alberts, Citricos is one of two Disney Signature Restaurants at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Disney designates restaurants with a unique personality or exceptionally good food as signature establishments, the price points on the menu tend to be higher, and if you are on the Disney Dining Plan eating at a signature restaurant these will cost you two table service credits.

Citricos is one of the Disney Restaurants that offers a private dinning room seating up to 12. There is only one seating offered daily for the Chef’s Domain, but guests who reserve early for this experience may order from the traditional menu or choose to have the chef create unique menu just for them.

We were seated in the main dinning room, decorated in hues of orange and gold with wrought iron rails and mosaic tile floors. With it’s show kitchen on one side and beautiful full wall of windows on the other, the atmosphere was more casual than I expected it to be. If you’re lucky enough to get a table next to the window you’re treated to an outstanding view that overlooks the Marina on one side and the elegant courtyard fountain on the other.  We were seated right next to the show kitchen and enjoyed watching the Chefs prepare dinner.  The Chef who was expediting checked in on us frequently.  It was nice at first, and then I realized what he was really doing was staring down my dress.  LoL... oh well I guess I'll take it as a compliment.


Citricos CItricos Table Detail
Citricos Show Kitchen


Though I’ve had the pleasure of eating here for lunch and breakfast at several special catered events, this was my first time here in the evening to order off of the menu. Southern European food with flavors inspired by the “cuisine of Proven├že, Tuscany and the Spanish Riviera” is what’s on the menu at this eatery.

Appetizers
I have been wanting to try Arancini for quite some time now and I got my first taste tonight at Citricos. The crispy deep fried balls of risotto were filled with Italian sausage, four cheeses and a touch of white truffle oil.  These were okay, but I was not blown away by them.  If you want Arancini at WDW, head over to Via Napoli.  Geordon ordered the Beet Salad, which was absolutely beautiful and really very good. It was one of the best dishes of the night.


CItricos Arancini
Citricos Beet Salad

Entrees
I had the Braised Short Ribs with Creamy polenta, sauteed greens and blood orange demi glace. which was good.  The demi glace was just beautiful and full of flavor.  I could have done without the bitter greens on top.  Geordon had the braised veal shank and also found it to be good.  Watching the kitchen the veal shank is extremely popular, there was one going out with almost every order leaving the kitchen.  Both dishes were tasty, and had a lovely presentation.


Citricos Braised Short Rib
Citricos Lamb



Dessert

The highlight of this meal for me, dessert was phenomenal. I ordered the Seasonal Berry Gratin from Citricos. It may very well be the best dessert I have ever eaten. The thin twill cookie shell was filled with fresh, ripe Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries, then topped with a Champagne-Grand Marnier sabayon. The Sabayon was light and fresh with an almost effervescent quality to it, and very little alcohol flavor, it was simply divine. The brown speckles you see on top are from them torching the sugar to give it a slightly toasted flavor.   Geordon ordered the Tres Leches Dessert and thought that it was excellent, but that the Berry Gratin was better.


Citricos Berry Gratin Tres Leches Dessert


I was honestly disappointed with this meal.  The food was very good and the service was friendly, but I really didn't feel like it was worth two table service credits.  It seemed to be lacking some sort of magical component that I think Signature experiences should have.  There are so many fantastic places to eat at WDW that I wasn't really able to pinpoint why they think Citricos should be more expensive.  It was a great meal, but with those prices, I'm not in a hurry to go back.

If you would like to make reservations at Citricos you can book online or call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 up to 180 days prior to your visit. DVC Members can also make reservations through Members Services.

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