The Capital Grille

By grace.g.yang ยท August 28, 2007
Under: American,Lunch,Midtown East

I headed to The Capital Grille for a business lunch and semi-enjoyed the dry-aged steaks. I started off with the lobster bisque:

Huge chunks of lobster in a creamy bisque that tasted like it was whipped. The soup was creamy but not dense – very light and airy, surprisingly.

My co-worker ordered the wedge as an appetizer:

A huge WEDGE of lettuce with bleu cheese, bacon bits, and tomatoes. She said it was tasty – it looked like a huge mess to me.

For my main course, I ordered the Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Caramelized Shallot Butter:

A healthy dose of butter, wouldn’t you say? It was a little salty because there was such a huge glob of butter on top of the steak, but the Kona coffee didn’t add to the steak’s taste. I thought it was prepared well, but the seasoning might have been too much – I drank 3 iced teas because it was so salty.

Two of my co-workers ordered sirloins with mashed potatoes:

The mashed potatoes tasted whipped and buttery (and I love it when they keep the skin in the mix) but it was definitely too salty. The entire meal tasted like it was dipped in salt water before it was served to us.

One of the guys we took to lunch is a vegetarian (I had no idea) so he ordered fries:

I felt bad, but I guess he wasn’t that hungry anyway.

For dessert, we ordered the coconut cream pie:

Light and fluffy with a wonderfully buttery pie crust. I’m not a huge fan of coconut, but the taste was light enough that the pie was enjoyable.

I ordered the creme brulee with a side of berries:

They definitely didn’t skimp on the berries, but the creme brulee wasn’t custardy enough for me. It wasn’t watery, but it just didn’t solidify enough for it to be truly enjoyable.

The last dessert was their own chocolate ice cream:

It looked delicious and I didn’t have a chance to sample it, but my coworker ate all of it, so I’m guessing it was good.

The Capital Grille is a great place for a business lunch, but their food is just too salty for me to actually enjoy what I’m eating. If they used less salt overall, I think it would be SO much better.

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