Yesterday, I finally tried out Citrus and Spice located at 1444 4th Street in San Rafael. They fancy themselves a Thai California Eatery and I find it very fitting. Many of their dishes are traditional Thai cuisine like Pad Thai or Eggplant Curry. But they spice up their menu by offering items like Mango-Roast Duck Fresh Rolls or Ultimate Pad Thai which is normal Pad Thai plus pumpkin, bell peppers, squash and feta cheese on the side. Before I describe what I had to eat, I must apologize for the lack of photos. I had EVERY intention of taking pictures of the several appetizers and entrees but once the Taro Root and Corn Fritters hit the table, the camera was completely forgotten. My bad!
Anywho, I guess I will start with the fritters. Taro root is one of my faves so this was a no brainer. It was perfectly fried with a delicious honey-vinegar sauce on the side to complement it. Highly recommend it. Next we shared the Duck Salad. The duck was perfectly medium, very succulent and tender. It was served on a bed of mixed greens and romaine lettuce with pear, walnuts, mint leaves, and avocado. The dressing was a soy-vinegar dressing. The salad was incredibly refreshing and full of flavor. I could’ve easily eaten this as my entree and if you know me, you know I do not love salads so that is saying a lot! Our final appetizer was the Curry Empanadas. Deliciously fried with a cucumber salad on the side. Another winner.
For the entrees, we shared the Classic Pad Thai, the Asian Eggplant Green Curry and the Poached Mahi Mahi. The Pad Thai was good. I really liked the fried tofu chunks and that they didn’t overdo it with the sprouts. The Green Curry was spicy and delicious. The Mahi Mahi was a little dry but the yellow curry sauce it was served with was sweeter and milder than the green curry.
Unfortunately, we didn’t save any room for dessert this time around. But I will definitely be back for a Round 2! Their website is http://citrusandspice.com. If you want to try this restaurant out, you can get a $25 gift certificate for $10 at Restaurant.com. I highly recommend giving this place a try. Oink oink!