This weekend I was invited to the Fitzwilliam Hotel for a Thanksgiving dinner.
The Fitzwilliam is a five start hotel on Stephen’s Green. The Citron restaurant is a modern, low key restaurant overlooking the reception area of the hotel. Perfect for people watching! The staff were excellent and very attentive.
As we studied the menu, we had fresh bread that was so good, it was hard not to keep eating it.
The Thanksgiving menu begins with a special cocktail. Served in a cup, it looked like a gorgeous pumpkin latte, complete with crumbly crumbs perched on top of the foam. Vanilla vodka, pumpkin puree and lots of spice, it was a surprising flavour that I really enjoyed.
Before the starters arrived, we were served an amuse bouche, two little balls of melty goodness. There was a choux pastry filled with smoked cheese, and breaded balls with a creamy ham and cheese filling.
I ordered roast partridge to start, to keep things festive. I’ve never had partridge and was pleasantly surprised by its flavour. It was a generous serving of meat for a starter. It came with red cabbage confit, bread sauce and game jus.
S had the langoustine and I had serious food envy. Prawns in pastry and wrapped in delicate little threads of pastry. Parma ham, lardo and juicy apple accompanied it.
For the mains, we got roast turkey and venison loin. Again, I had never tried venison before, but wanted to have something new. The seabass and pumpkin tortellini were also serious contenders.
The venison was perfectly cooked, juicy and pink. It was really good. The venison came with red cabbage, lovely mushrooms, jus and parsnip chips.
The turkey came with the nicest chestnut stuffing, roast potato, mash and cranberry sauce.
For dessert, S had the chocolate orange brownies, served with cocoa grue and ganache ice cream. A classic flavour combination.
I had the pumpkin pie. It was so light and unexpected. It came in a square-shaped base with a macaroon-like crust on top. Crème patisserie and ginger bread ice cream accompanied it.
It was a perfect end to a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner.
I was really impressed by the Fitzwilliam’s Citron Thanksgiving meal. Everything was cooked perfectly and the flavour combinations were a delight. Little touches like the cocktail really added to the experience.
I was invited to the Thanksgiving meal as a guest of Citron. All feelings are, of course, my own!