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Wednesday, December 18,2013

She ate: A view to a kale

by Gabrielle Johnson
When I went to Capital Prime recently, I was impressed with the makeover the restaurant has undergone since converting into a steakhouse from its previous in carnation, Bar 30. The walls are a deep, smoky blue and modern chandeliers and artwork hang from the walls. There is a definite feeling of swank.

We started with the calamari, which was plentiful but mushy.

Another girlfriend passed her steak frites around the table, which came with house-made ketchup and garlic aioli, which is one of my favorite things in life — and this one was a good one. The tarragon butter that came with the bread was to die for.

For dinner I had the 6-ounce filet, which was cooked properly and had a nice sear, but was unfortunately doused in zip sauce, a combination of rendered butter and beef bordelaise. The sauce was entirely too salty and masked the taste of the steak. I’d have liked garlic aioli on the side instead.

My dinner salad was fresh, but the red onions were overpowering. I liked the light, tangy citrus vinaigrette. I opted for a double serving of vegetables instead of mashed potatoes, but was disappointed with the measly serving of broccoli. How much does broccoli cost? Throw a few more pieces on the plate.

I was completely disappointed with the service we had received that night and would have liked the opportunity to have a dialogue with the manager. We felt rushed, which is especially unfortunate when you’re paying a pretty penny for your meal.

The boyfriend and I returned to try out Capital Prime’s lunch service. We tried the Capital Shrimp, which has crispy battered shrimp tossed in remoulade. They were hot, fresh and I would order these again in an instant; then again, I would eat a reindeer if it was battered and doused in remoulade.

I was excited to see a kale salad on the menu. I ordered that in a combo with half of a hot prime rib sandwich. While the flavor of kale can be overpowering (“It tastes like the ground” is a common complaint from the boyfriend I’m trying to healthify) and the texture chewy, kale substantially mellows out if you massage it with your fingertips. This kale was topped with the citrus vinaigrette that I liked so much on my first visit, and had blue cheese, crumbled bacon, dried cherries, candied pecans and apple slices.

My sandwich, however, was not as good. The meat and vegetables were both quite dry, and the vegetables were cooked well past the point of mushy. The boyfriend liked his lobster macaroni and cheese well enough, but wished that he would have paid attention to the description on the menu more carefully and was surprised when the “macaroni” turned out to be penne. Nevertheless, the lobster was plentiful in the dish and the cheese sauce wasn’t too weighty for a (relatively) light lunch.

Our gluttony got the better of us and we ordered the carrot cake for dessert. It was nothing to blow your diet over. The cake was too full of currants to properly come together, and the few bites that we took essentially fell apart before they reached our mouths. I wished I had another dinner roll to provide my happy ending.

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