on May 5, 2001
I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant which clearly cops off of ABSOLUT CITRON with its name and decor. Citron Cafe is on the top of the Centro Sambil mall, and if you sit outside on the porch, you get a great view of the city, the mountains that hedge in the valley, and every now and then you will see a helicopter landing at a nearby heliport. It's pleasant, and the noise of the city doesn't quite reach you. The menu offers a selection of various types of cuisines -- Italian, Asian, South American -- so it's a safe place with a group of people who may all be finicky eaters. I had a chicken dish, which was prepared in a delicious sauce and had wonderfully sauteed vegetables on the side. I did not have an appetizer, but still could not finish the plate, it was such an ample portion. My companion had pasta with seafood that he finished with gusto. Granted, it is odd to choose to have lunch in the mall, but as a sales person I frequently find myself in them to visit my retailing customers. This restaurant was much nicer than what I would have expected to find in a mall anywhere, and the urban interior design (steel and slate with low pools of water separating the bar from the restaurant and the porch from the restaurant) was a nice change from the bright lights and shiny marble of the mall's halls.
©Travelocity.com LP 2000-2009