184 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Sat, 01/21/2017, 8:00pm reservation
So there is this fairly new restaurant in town known as Citizen. Located right next to Wolfgang Puck's Spago, Citizen delivers shared plates focused on a seasonal menu capturing the essence of comfort food. Unfortunately, the restaurant fails to deliver on taste and comfort that I was so hoping to experience.
The interior is rustic with a touch of that Beverly Hills essence. The bar is lovely with a nice cocktail menu by Josh Goldman. There is an open-air patio/lounge in front of the restaurant where customers can dine with an annoyingly awkward dj playing music that doesn't match the vibe.
Upon arrival (we arrived promptly at 8:00pm), we were told they were running 15 minutes late. Ok, sure. No problem. My friends and I could just grab a drink at the bar. As we waited and waited, no one came to inform us of the situation with our table. Thirty minutes later we say something to the hostess where we were told it'll be another 5 more minutes. Forty-five minutes later we say something again to the hostess where it'll be another 5 more minutes. This kept going on and on until I get up and say something. One hour later we were finally seated along with our cold and disarrayed appetizers (yes, they managed to mess up our appetizers as well).
The woman who seemed to be the manager tried to remedy the situation, but by that point, we were all so hangry that nothing mattered anymore. We wanted food and we wanted it to be good. And well, some were and some were not.
|BRUSSELS SPROUTS ($12.00): Sweet and Sour, Almonds, Pomegranate, Pecorino. We actually ordered this dish at the bar, and they had brought out the wrong dish. It took them a good 15 minutes before they could bring the correct dish out to us. Additionally, I thought this dish was ok. The brussels were cooked perfectly, but the dressings that came with it just felt like other brussels sprout dishes I've had at other restaurants.
|MAINE SCALLOPS ($21.00): Chanterelle Mushrooms, Cauliflower Puree, Red Wine. This dish was just ok for me. I thought the scallops were cooked perfectly and I liked the cauliflower puree, but there was nothing special to it.
|SMOKED SHORT RIB ($19.00): Cider Jus, Celery Root, Swiss Chard. This was my second favorite dish. There was tons of flavor and the short rib just melted in my mouth. It was cooked perfectly and the swiss chard was needed to cut through the fat.
Notable Dishes: Mussels and Short Rib