Friday was a celebration of a little anniversary of mine and Oli's so he surprised me by booking us a table at The Capital
. Well what a little treasure this place is, (here I am so tempted to start sounding like a restaurant reviewer and write pretentious crap like "the restaurant, nestled down a side street..." but I shall refrain) the restaurant is part of a hotel by the same name, in Basil St, Knightsbridge - for those of you who are yet to take The Knowledge just opposite Harvey Nicks and the back of the other big dept store down there.
Our table was booked for 8 and as we walked into the restaurant there were only two other tables already occupied, the age range was somewhat troubling and I was a bit twitchy that we could end up being the novelty young couple. I had no need to worry as some young looking types trotted in later.
The service was impeccable, as you might expect from somewhere with 2 Michelin
stars, and the restaurant whilst small, it seats about 34, was pleasant but a bit bland in decoration, but who cares about that, lets talk about the food.
Before our starters arrived, we were presented with a small appetizer of a gently fried prawn resting in a seafood soup. Oh blimey what a taste sensation, so fresh and tasted of proper seafood. I followed this up with Crab lasagna with langoustine cappuccino, and a neat little scallop on the top which was again another taste sensation, fresh and light but the scallop was a bit stringy, but still no complaints from me. Ol had Assiette "Landaise" which to the rest of us, is about 3 different types of fois gras and duck. Some of the finest fois gras I had ever eaten. (We had a little sancerre to go with yum yum)
By this stage our taste buds were tingling and I was in food heaven, strangely for me I decided to have the turbot as my main course (Grilled turbot with mushroom ravioli and jus diable) I am not a big fish fan but if I am going to eat it, I am particularly partial to having it cooked well, and boy was it. The mushroom ravoli was a great accompaniment, and whilst the other side dish of mushrooms in a strong red wine type sauce felt overpowering with such a gentle tasting fish, they were served separately and so I could enjoy their great taste without overpowering the turbot.
Ol went for Fillet of lamb with cumin jus and it was a splendid combination of spices in the cous cous which went perfectly with the pink lamb. We then skipped the cheese course as the boy isn't a big fan but dived in to the puddings with...
Caramelised banana with vanilla couscous and passion fruit sorbet, was the best thing of the whole menu, I am a pudding lover and this was like a very very posh version of a banana fritter, not making it want to sound gross what I mean is that lovely taste that caramelised banana has, which was perfectly offset by the vanilla and passionfruit. All of this was accompanied by a heavenly glass of Tokay, my most favourite pudding wine. Oli couldn't decide and went for a selection of the puddings, a tiny mouthful of each, and a sample of three pudding wines. He was loving it, but to be honest I was so wrapped up in my banana heaven I didn't really notice.
Thinking that was it and that we could make our escape and have a little walk to relieve our swollen bellies, they then decided to bring us a small selection of sweets and homemade chocolates, I suspect these were intended to go with coffee but I was so full there was no room at the inn for anything more... ok I did eat the choc.
It wasn't cheap but for a really special occasion it was the business. Still dreaming of it all...