Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mini Food Review: Citricos Braised Veal Shank

Braised Veal Shank - Carrot-Potato Puree, Roasted Vegetables, and Toasted Citrus Gremoloda $46.00

This is one of Citricos' signature dishes and it seems to be a a staple. It remained on the menu for a few years now and the reason being-it's just that good. While I enjoy a variety of food, I have to admit being a raging carnivore and this dish soothes the meat-craving beast in me. Whereas you can pretty much get a steak of some sort in every restaurant on WDW property, braised veal shank is a rare treat. The trick to this dish is time. To braise cook anything, you need to start early and take your time and they do at Citricos. The meat is flavorful, moist, fall-off-the-bone deliciousness. The flavor is rich without being gamy and the braising liquid is an explosion of flavor. The carrot-potato puree & roasted vegetables lend a sweetness and an earthy component to the dish. The toasted gremoloda is a lovely, light and crisp compliment that adds a bit of zing to this comfort food entree. There is one more thing to mention about this dish. When you order this dish, you will be given a long spoon. This is a marrow spoon. It is for scooping out all the wonderful marrow from the  bone. Now I know this is not for everyone, but the marrow is considered a delicacy and it is worth giving it a try. It is rich and decadent in flavor but texture wise, it may not be your cup of tea. There is a fattiness as well as greasiness that takes an acquired taste. Me-I absolutely love it, even if I can only enjoy it in small quantities. My final take on this dish? This dish is love. It's the kind of thing your old country grandmother would make for you. This is one of those dishes that you can actually taste the time & care put into making in. And quite simply-it makes me happy. 

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