Citron and Rose (Merion Station)
You don't have to be Jewish to appreciate Citron and Rose. Disclaimer:
any place that puts a delicately rendered small tub of schmaltz on the table
to use on its house baked rolls has my heart forever.
Family celebration with daughter and son-in-law tonight. Was a bit afraid
that the high expectations I had might not be met. Not a problem!
Service was polished, warm and gracious. And, in my case, even helpful
before we got there, as I had called to ask for help suggesting dishes with
a low sodium content, or accomidatation. That help was appreciated.
I had mentioned the anniversary celebration when I called weeks ago; we were comped to four flutes of sparkling wine. At dessert time, our daughter
was full, and didn't order dessert, telling the waitress she would taste mine, and
order if it she felt she had room. Our lovely waitress brought her a pear flodni
that we were not charged for... ((That dessert got raves from one and all at
Youthful, energetic vibe. Neat decor; several rooms, so noise level was
a tad high, but happy noise is not hard to take.
They had an special appetizer not on the menu: braised beef. Son-in-law
said only one word: "YUM!", and his expression of delight told the whole story.
Daughter and I shared a fancy take on chopped liver and cherries and a
braised salad with duck confit and a quail egg.
SIL ordered ribeye; which proved to be thick, just the way he had ordered it; well sauced and accompanied; I would order this the next time we go, and it could be soon too. ((I did not see this,but my husband reports that our daughter grabbed her husband's plate
after he was finished, and sopped up all the sauce with one of those rolls))
Hubby and I chose the veal roulade, which I loved, despite having no added
salt to my portion. Neat noodle dish that accompanied was a great matchup.
Let me talk about price. Everyone, including me, would expect a quality
Kosher restaurant to be more expensive than a non-Kosher upscale place.
I didn't find that to be the case. Entrees between $24 and $28 well worth
the price for the quality. Appetizers from $9-$10 were exciting and generous.
Dessert to die for at $9.
I would go back next week if I could, but would have the pear flodni all over again. Might even learn to make a facsimile myself. (Kugel of sorts, poppy seeds, pears, topped with homemade pear sorbet)
I can't believe I'm the first to write up Citron and Rose.
Sorry I missed your post, strocophate.
We sure did agree on the seductive lure of the schmaltz on those rolls, and the impeccable service.
My concern was that my high expectations could have
led to disappointment, but if anything, huge pluses like the service, and yes, even the decor led to a general feeling
that my high expectations were more than met.