The second and last week of Restaurant Week was P’s birthday week. Because P had an exam the day of his birthday, we decided to go eat out the day after, on Friday. Now, P is not easily made content with food – although he is not a picky eater, he has higher standards. Because it was his birthday dinner, I wanted to make sure that every dish offered in the restaurant’s menu was something P would love to eat.
Some things my boyfriend loves are clam chowder and steak. I wanted to pick a restaurant that not only had a great ambiance, but also had the two favorite dishes of his. After days (again, I literally mean DAYS) of searching and comparing restaurants through various blogs and reviews, I finally chose Capital Grille, a steakhouse that is claimed to be one of the best in Boston.
I refused to tell P which restaurant I had made a reservation in until the night before our dinner. Believe me, I was paranoid that he would find out somehow, so much that I didn’t write it anywhere and avoided the topic with him altogether. It was so hard to not give it away! (He is very good with words and convincing; he claims that they are his art, and I cannot agree more)
We arrived at the restaurant at 5pm sharp, dressed fancier than usual and in a good mood. We were told that the table was not ready yet (which was surprising since the restaurant seemed empty at the time), but were seated promptly in about ten minutes. Perhaps because I specified that it was a birthday dinner when making the reservation, we got a comfy booth seating in a more private side of the restaurant. We also found a card signed by the Capital Grille staff wishing P a happy birthday, which was a nice touch.
Many diners said that they did not like the decor of Capital Grille, especially the portrait hanging next to the kitchen and the animal head. While I agree with the portrait and the animal head, I cannot say the same about the rest; I thought the dark walls, carpeted floor, and the paintings on the wall created a rather classic and antique atmosphere in which diners could enjoy feeling classy yet relaxed.
I didn’t feel soup for the first course, so I went with the Caesar Salad. I liked the light dressing on the lettuce. The lettuce was fresh and crisp, and the seasoning was just right.
As for P, I knew exactly what he would order: clam chowder. The chowder was thicker than the ones I was used to, but he seemed to like it. It is, after all, his favorite soup.
One word for the steaks: divine. I never had better steak than these. The fillet mignon was cooked perfectly to the medium rare I asked for, beautifully pink but not the slightest bit cold in the center. It almost melted in my mouth – the meat was extremely tender and juicy. I used the sauce only a little and I didn’t pour the sauce, because the steak didn’t need anything else to make it taste better; it was excellent the way it was.
We ordered the mashed potato and fresh creamed spinach for our sides to share. Both were delicious (the mashed potato fluffy and smooth, and the creamed spinach cooked right and not too creamy) and we enjoyed them both. We were, however, too busy sometimes focusing on our steaks and forgot about the sides.
P went with the Bone-In Kona Crusted Dry Age Sirloin with Shallot Butter. Just as our waiter described , the dish was truly “phenomenal.” The slightly bitter but sweet coffee went surprisingly well with the sirloin, which was tender beyond belief. The sauce that came poured on the steak was also good, not overpowering the delicious sirloin but blending in well with the Kona to enhance the steak’s flavors. Even the notorious Mr. P said that it was the best steak he ever had – he even looked almost sad when taking the last bite.
We both had huge smiles on our faces by the time we finished our steaks. Time for dessert! I was excited to order my flourless espresso cake, which I had been planning to for weeks by then. P, on the other hand, is not a huge fan of sweets, and did not know what to order.
The waiter came and took my dessert order, then turned to P saying that because it was his birthday, he could choose any dessert from Capital Grille’s regular menu. That blew our mind away.
When asked for a recommendation, the waiter said that he personally loved the Coconut Cream Pie, although he doesn’t even like coconut. P, who doesn’t like coconut either, decided to give it a try.
The Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake was, as people have said, very rich and velvety, with a strong chocolate taste. It was like a condensed and fancy brownie, and I loved every bite of it.
The Coconut Cream Pie was brought to P with lit candles. It was the sweetest thing ever. We were both amazed by the consideration. The pie was amazing as well. Although there was a little too much whipped cream on top, it was spectacular. Even P, who doesn’t like sweets OR coconut, said it was a fantastic dessert.
I wish I remembered the waiter’s name – he provided an outstanding service, never hovering too much but clearly very knowledgeable with all the dishes and making great suggestions.
One visit, one meal, and Capital Grille easily made it to my favorites list. I was worried that the service and food would be average because it was restaurant week, but I didn’t have to. The atmosphere was elegant yet comfortable, the food incredible, and the service impeccable. Everything was spot-on. I could not have asked for a better dining experience.
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115