Freshly painted exterior of Citizen Cake.
Pac Heights residents aren’t the only ones who will be happy with the news that ~CITIZEN CAKE~ is aiming to (softly) open its doors around November 7th (they are currently hiring and training staff, so the date is still a bit TBD!). And working alongside chef Elizabeth Falkner will be chef de cuisine Amy Glaze, most recently at Circa (she will still be involved with Circa as consulting chef, helping to define their style and progress their California bistro menu throughout the seasons—chef Angel Veneges, a seven-year Circa veteran, will continue to carry out their new concepts).
As for Citizen Cake, Falkner tells me she is looking forward to working with Glaze; and her recent trips to Barcelona and Rome really inspired her, so look for a chocolate hazelnut sculpture cake inspired by one of her museum trips! Once you pass though the bright poppy exterior, you will be greeted with the pâtisserie counter, an artful and minimalist display on a marble slab. Falkner mentioned that since the liquor license is delayed, they will be focusing on their sodas with handmade syrups and coffee drinks to start (she wants to encourage people to come in and linger over a coffee and a treat, instead of running out the door with a to-go cup). Soon, there will also be ice cream made with liquid nitrogen—which Falkner revealed was actually something higher-end Victorian ladies would make (ends up the technique isn’t as cutting edge as we thought!). She said it makes for a really clean ice cream because it doesn’t crystallize.
The menu is going to start small, with lunch daily from 11am-3pm, snacks and salads in the afternoon, and then dinner from 5pm-10pm. There will always be sandwiches (available on premise, or to go), plus arepas, and some classic dishes, from pastas to mussels and chorizo. More dishes will be revealed as Falkner and Glaze collaborate on the menu. I’ll keep you posted on dishes, and the opening date.