Have you ever had one of those meals that was just so amazing that you couldn’t stop thinking about it, even weeks later? Like – you would find yourself day dreaming about that delish plate of pasta you devoured…or that succulent steak that was cooked so perfectly that it just melted in your mouth?
I have, and recently, might I add. A couple of weeks ago I was invited out to The Citizen for a hosted dinner. I was able to briefly stop by the media launch of the new menu for The Citizen a month or two ago, but I didn’t get a chance to try any of the food. (I triple booked myself on events that night and by the time I got there…it was too late. #FailJJ) I did chat with other bloggers who had a chance to try the dishes – and everyone was raving about every.single.thing. So when the team invited me out for dinner, needless to say – I was more than happy to go out!
I wasn’t too sure what to expect from The Citizen, to be honest. I mean, I have many, MANY memories from when this used to be Brant House. Far too many nights were spent here, drinking and dancing the night away. Now though, it’s revamped and I felt a pang of nostalgia when I walked in.
I was excited to check out the menu and see what owners and co-chefs – former Chopped Canada contestant, Jonathan O’Callaghan and Binh An Nguyen came up with for The Citizen.
“The Citizen is guided by a simple philosophy: if food is made with love, guests will always be happy. The Citizen blends a fresh take on local ingredients to create a unique and sharing style menu.”
Both O’Callaghan and Nguyen came out to chat with me and my friend, Marcel, throughout the night. When we first sat down, O’Callaghan’s first words to us were, “I hope you’re hungry!” Now, I knew that I would be having a large dinner – so I didn’t eat lunch*…thinking I would have a bigger appetite and be able to inhale more deliciousness at dinner – so, yes, I WAS STARVING.
Marcel and I checked out the menu, realizing that every darn thing sounded delicious – we were struggling to narrow down our list of dishes. Finally, we did narrow it down to a few dishes that we would share between us. Little did we know though, O’Callaghan and Nguyen had some surprises up their sleeves and brought out additional dishes from their secret menu.
Yes, The Citizen has a secret menu. And yes, you need to ask the server about it. Seriously – do it, because the Hawaiian Punch Bao was out of this world delicious.
off the secret menu: hawaiian punch bao
…the pork belly is marinated in tahiti treat! 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/TN9Q7dykri
— Jenn (@JennAndTheCity) September 21, 2016
STUFFED CHICKEN WINGS – $13
green chorizo + romesco hot sauce + machego + scallions
ITALIAN WEDDING TAGLIATELLE – $22
beef meatballs + rapini + crushed chilies + pecorino
CALI-CUT STRIPLOIN – $29
40 day dry aged strip + pomme puree +roasted broccoli + truffle jus
DOUGHNUTS – $9
maple + bacon
“The Citizen Restaurant + Bar is where King West feels at home. It’s a place to catch the game, hang out on the patio, enjoy a cozy dinner for two or party late into the night.”
That night, we ate so much delicious food at The Citizen that I was suffering from the itis and falling asleep at the table. I had to be rolled out to the car where I struggled to keep my eyes open during the 10 minute drive home! Best of all…I had leftovers for the next day. The meal that just keeps on giving! LOL
So if you’re looking for a memorable meal – on oh-so-many levels – I suggest hitting up The Citizen, and of course, sneaking a few items off of their secret menu.
*I know – I know, this likely wasn’t the wisest move…but I did it, and there’s no going back now. But from now on I will try my darndest to get the proper amount of meals in daily…