Michel Richard Citronelle
3000 M St. NW (30th St. NW) Send to Phone
202-625-2150 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
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Michel Richard Citronelle Restaurant Review: MICHEL RICHARD CITRONELLE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED Chef Michel Richard never fails to surprise his guests with foods that tickle the senses and challenge the palate, always with a new twist and turn at every course. Lucky are those who opt for the chef’s table where they can literally rub elbows with Richard. However, if you are seated in the front section of the dining room --- and you should hope that’s where you are seated --- you will have a clear view of the kitchen where Richard's team (helmed by David Deshaies) creates the gustatory treasures. When the ebullient Richard is in-house, he orchestrates a symphony of compositions and with steady gestures directs a seasoned cast, adding his own touch of brilliance: perhaps a pinch of spice, a dot of sauce, in a precise movement that indicates clearly his role as the master. Dishes rotate in and out according to his fancy and the marketplace, and have included sautéed foie gras on tagliatelle; roasted duck with a spiced citrus sauce; and Prime braised short ribs for two complemented by a raisin-peppercorn sauce, a signature dish. A mainstay: butter-poached lobster and potato fried rice. Desserts might include the “eggs-ceptional” lemon meringue. The wine cellar lives up to the high quality of Richard's cooking. Don't be shy about asking the master to custom-design a meal for you. Richard is an artist with tricks up his sleeve. So, sit back and enjoy the inventive adventure. This is all about fun and festive eating.