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“The 2nd time”

Citrique Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: AU$15 - AU$89
Cuisines: Seafood, International
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Indulge in an exceptional dining experience at Citrique Restaurant, awarded an Australian Good Food Guide Chef Hat for two consecutive years - 2023 and 2024. Citrique’s contemporary Australian cuisine showcases a menu with dishes reflecting local produce and seasonal offerings. Relax in the restaurants natural ambiance with a menu designed to suite every occasion.
Reviewed 10 October 2023

2nd time here. Is it as good as the 1st time?

To start off, Salmon rillette with pearls. Nicely done however its a preamble to the start of this degustation

SMOKED KINGFISH ESCABECHE
kohlrabi and cucumber salad, tom yum kha sauce, yuzu pearls, chili sago G. Spencer Gulf, SA. Great start. Very bright and fresh as the kohlrabi and cucumber salad was dressed nicely. Kingfish handled well and can be tasted. Tom Yum Kha sauce was rich with coconut milk. When put together, very harmonious. Big problem I found was the plating as it's in a bowl with a flat surface causing the diner to fish around to get a complete bite. Maybe a rounded bowl so one can get a whole spoonful of the sauce, fish and salad

SEARED SCALLOPS
White pudding, pear and vanilla puree, torched baby pears, hazelnut beurre noisette, pickled fennel salad - A very subdued course compared to the 1st course. Scallops cooked well. White pudding cooked well and good flavour. Pears added subtle acidity and when the radicchio was added to the bite, flavours balanced very well. Don't expect the bright acidity of the 1st course.

BAY BUG DUMPLINGS
Grilled bugs, chilli glaze, lobster bisque sauce, kaffir lime, fresh snipped herbs from the JW Garden - Absolutely delicious. Lobster bisque tasted of roasted bugs. Chilli in the bisque offset the richness. The bug itself has a glaze that was thick enough and the chilli came through. Dumplings were light and not stodgy. Stood up on its own right. When my leftover bread made a run through the bisque, the bread and butter softened the flavour making it more rich.

ROASTED DUCK BREAST
Sonfit duck leg and foie gras ravioli, beetroot puree, smoked baby beets, caramelized figs, beetroot foam, red witlof, mulled wine jus - Nice dish. Breast was chewy and didn't yield as much as I thought, however the skin was rendered nicely. Ravioli was nicely made. Beetroot provides a nice foil to the richness of the duck. I would argue more figs, maybe as a glaze to the duck as one quarter of it does not justify it on there. The part that was there was a bright note.

WAGYU FLANK STEAK
Heirloom baby carrots, carrot puree, pickles, truffle potato rosti, smoked sea salt, mustard jus GF - Solid dish. Flank cooked well and for a tougher cut, gave the right amount of chew. Good beef flavour. Jus well made. Maybe up the mustard flavour. Carrots were roasted well. Carrot puree was smooth and provided a good foil to the meat. Potato rosti was well made. The truffle cream lightened up the flavour and woke the palate.

1927 JW RASPBERRY ROOT BEER
Olive oil sponge, cassis confit raspberry croustillant and whipped chocolate ganache - A fitting end to this meal. Raspberries tasted as they should and acted a great foil to the richness of the cream and chocolate. Couldn't taste the olive oil in the sponge. Maybe a stronger scented oil. The chocolate cream was perfectly made and acted as the bridge to the chocolate and fruit which made the difference. The croustillant was crunchy and provided added texture. Maybe add some to the filling. Chocolate casing was tempered very well and yielded to the touch.

In terms of food, this was a well made meal

However, this was far from being a great restaurant experience.

1) Meals were not cleared and other courses were arriving at the same time. Once is a hiccup. This happened twice.

2) Water left empty for me. What's worse is that customers from another table had to hunt for water.

What should have been a great restaurant experience has had the smile soften with these mistakes.

If this was a busy Friday night, these mistakes may be forgiven as servers get busy and lose track. This was a Wednesday night with the restaurant 50% full.

These mishaps mean that there's a disconnect between servers and the front of house team.

I would argue this point. Maybe have a maitre d go specifically to every table and have a bit of banter. Someone who can put minds at ease. That can be the saving grace to these mishaps.

For this to maintain the best fine dining restaurant in the Gold Coast area, the service needs to be more in sync.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Elisa Justel, Other at Citrique Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2023

Dear Hondom703,

Thank you for taking the time to leave an honest review on your recent dining experience at our award-winning Citrique Restaurant. We are truly grateful for your kind words and for choosing us for your special dinner.
We are thrilled to hear that you found the food prepared by our chefs to be enjoyable. It brings us great joy to know that you thoroughly enjoyed the 6-course set menu, with its beautifully presented dishes and delicate flavours.
However, we are saddened to read that our service in your dining experience did not meet your expectations, and your feedback has been provided directly to all our team members.
We strive ourselves on continually growing the guest experiences at Citrique so we sincerely appreciate your words and look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to our restaurant in the future.

Should you have any further feedback or requests, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Warm regards,
Citrique Restaurant

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Reviewed 3 October 2023

This is a spacious, light-filled restaurant with an extraordinary selection of Japanese dishes, buffet-style. You have a good view of the bay and can watch, in the neighboring space, the process of making Japanese crackers.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Elisa Justel, Other at Citrique Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2023

Dear Kaioatey,
Thank you for choosing to dine with us and for taking the time to review your experience so positively. Your feedback is important to us, and we are delighted to read that you enjoyed the quality of our food and service delivered during your experience with us at Citrique.
We are thrilled to know that you have enjoyed our restaurant decorations and lightning, and that you have found the bay view so pleasant.
We sincerely appreciate your words and look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to our restaurant in the future. Should you have any further feedback or requests, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Warm regards,
Citrique Restaurant

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Reviewed 30 September 2023 via mobile

Superb food even better service. Ate with kids and family. There was a variety of seafood on menu all made perfectly. It’s the service though that makes the experience one the best we’ve ever had in Australia.

Our host was simply brilliant. I ordered a dish with bacon and without me having disclosed dietary restrictions he politely asked whether I was aware. He made suggestions and provided additional bread for the bisque - was absolutely right.

The snow fish was buttery, seafood bisque with Moreton bay bug rich in flavour. Oysters…fresh and faultless.

Didn’t know they were famous for seafood
Buffet…don’t know why they do a buffet when their a-La carte experience is so extraordinary. Perhaps it’s because they are located in the JW Marriott. Don’t let any of that put you off it was awesome

Date of visit: September 2023
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Elisa Justel, Other at Citrique Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2023

Dear AnanthR478,
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful dining experience at our award-winning Citrique Restaurant. We are truly grateful for your kind words and for choosing us for your special dinner.
We are thrilled to hear that you found the food prepared by our chefs to be amazing. It brings us great joy to know that you thoroughly enjoyed the set menu, with its beautifully presented dishes and delicate flavours. We are more than pleased to know that our dishes Bay Bug Dumplings, Snow Fish and oysters have exceeded your expectations.
Our team takes pride in delivering exceptional service, and we are delighted that our staff provided you with excellent and friendly service throughout your visit.
Your recommendation holds significant value to us, particularly for those seeking an extraordinary dining experience for their most memorable occasions. Rest assured we will ensure that our chefs receive the well-deserved praise you have generously bestowed upon them.

We sincerely appreciate your words and look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to our restaurant in the future. Should you have any further feedback or requests, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Warm regards,
Citrique Restaurant

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Reviewed 21 August 2023 via mobile

Sadly all the meats were over cooked and dry and inedible and there’s not much more to say
That’s one full row of hot food eliminated.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Maria Arias, Marketing at Citrique Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2023

Dear Loredanae572,

Thank you for providing your review, we are saddened to read that the food quality in our hot side of the buffet was not up to our usual standard.

As we always strive to achieve high quality of food and service, I sincerely apologise on this occasion we feel short.

This has been passed to our Culinary Chefs to review and would like the opportunity to further discuss your experience, if you have time to contact us on (07) 5592 9800 and request to speak with Assistant Managers Donna Bentley or Eric Ball.

We hope to welcome you back again in future

Kind Regards,
Citrique Restaurant

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Reviewed 20 August 2023 via mobile

Went to The Marriott seafood buffet today for a belated Birthday for my husband... I have to say it was more than excellent….I’m not usually a fan of buffets but wow! The selection of hot and cold seafood caters for everyone... The other selection of food caters for everyone... And desert well O…M…Geeeeeee. The service was 5 star… Free flow Mimosa was pretty good too…. Worth every cent…. 😛

Date of visit: August 2023
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Maria Arias, Marketing at Citrique Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2023

Dear 384julzb,
We truly appreciate your fantastic review and are delighted to hear that you had such an amazing experience at our seafood buffet. It's wonderful that our extensive selection of seafood and other dishes exceeded your expectations. We're thrilled that you enjoyed the 5-star service and the Mimosas. Thank you for recommending us and for celebrating your husband's belated birthday with us.
Your satisfaction means a lot to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more memorable dining experiences in the future.
Kindest regards,
Citrique Restaurant

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