July 29, 2012

Capital Grille, Beverly Hills

Capital Grille is a steak and lobster chain with over 40 locations across the U.S. There is one in the Los Angeles area located inside the popular Beverly Shopping Center. The main dining room definitely has a formal steak restaurant feel to it with the deep mahogany colors. The second level is quite the contrast with a large open balcony, long bar and a high tops. We were glad to have lunch on the second level when were were invited to sample their seasonally inspired plate lunch. For $16 diners get a choice of soup or salad, main dish and a side. 

The rolls were served warm and had a nice spongy consistency. The restaurant gets their bread from La Brea and Tom Cat Bakery.

Housemade Grapefruit Soda
Grapefruit soda was made with fresh grapefruit juice, elder berry, club soda and simple syrup. It was light and refreshing and not at all sweet. Who knew sodas could be so exciting and tasty.

Fresh Squeezed Mint Lemonade

Made with freshly squeeze lemon juice and mint, it was one of the best lemonades I'd had in a long time.

Clam Chowder
The chowder had nice chunks of clams and the flavor wasn't over powered by cream like some chowders tend to be. 

Carrot and ginger soup
The ginger in the carrot soup highlighted the sweetness of the carrot. The squeeze of orange juice was also a nice touch. The soup is made with chicken stock and the wait staff is very good about letting the diners know.

Seared Sea Scallops
The scallops had a very nice sear served on top of the Israeli couscous. The chunks of kalamata olives gave the cous cous little bursts of saltiness. It was hard to believe this dish was one of the options on the $16 plate lunch. Definitely a steal!

Tomato and  Watermelon with Feta
The saltiness of the feta worked well with the sweetness of the watermelon. This was a great side and went especially well with the scallops.

Truffle Fries
Light truffle flavor topped with shaved parmesan. No need to dip these fries in ketchup. 

Lobster Roll
The roll was made with claw meat and tossed in a light mayo dressing accompanied by celery and red pepper. The flavors worked well and allowed the lobster to shine.

Mini Tenderloin sandwiches
The tender loin was tender and juicy. The sauce and mushrooms worked well together.

Cheesecake with fresh seasonal berries
The brulee topping added a nice crunchy texture to the creamy and fluffy cheesecake below. Good crust ratio too.

Flourless espresso chocolate cake
The flourless cake was rich, smooth and chocolaty, but not too sweet. The unsweetened whipped cream was a nice touch.

We really enjoyed our lunch at Capital Grille and the quality of food and service exceeded our expectations. The $16 plate lunch special was a great way to sample what the restaurant has to offer. The relaxed atmosphere made the lunch especially enjoyable and we look forward to going back to try other offerings on the menu.

Capital Grille
8614 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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