George is one of only 173 Master Sommeliers in the world and is also The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier. George has the job of choosing every single bottle of wine that sits on their extensive wine list country-wide.
Next month, the restaurant will introduce The Generous Pour Wine Event featuring wines specially selected by George from unique vineyards around the world. Starting Tuesday July 12, guests may sample all nine wines or choose to have multiple tastings of one or more of their favorites from The Generous Pour list including some of the season’s newest wine trends, while also offering hard-to-find varietals as well as known favorites. The event ends September 4 and is only offered at dinner at a mere $25/person.
However, whenever I pay The Capital Grille a visit, it is ALWAYS about the food (and the occasional glass of wine) and I love to start with the French Onion Soup which is a cup or crock of the heartiest beef broth with caramelized onions and topped with a very luxurious cheesy cap.
During lunch, Dry Aged Sirloin Salad with Roquefort Vinaigrette is not so much a salad but more of a generous piece of steak, sliced and served with a salad on the side. This is hearty enough for the guys in the house.
If you’re into burgers then The Grille’s Classic Burger may be the way to go. The meat is freshly ground every day on the premises and cooked to your desired temperature. Served on an onion roll with sweet onions, smoked bacon and Havarti cheese, this is your traditional burger but with a little added edge.
At dinner time, a steak is the definite way to go and my favorite is the Porcini Rubbed Delmonico cooked medium rare. And when I have steak, a full bodied red is the perfect way to go — ask for a recommendation.
Or, if you don’t want a hunking piece of meat, try the Cedar Planked Salmon with Tomato Fennel Relish. The fish is moist and the fennel surprisingly is a wonderful accompaniment.
For those of you who have yet to sample or would like to re-visit The Capital Grille, I have a $100 gift certificate to give away. Leave a comment on my page and let me know what you’re going to order with the $100 for a chance to win — BE CREATIVE! There is a lot more on that menu than what I’ve previewed here! The gift certificate is valid at both Costa Mesa and Beverly Hills locations.
The Capital Grille
at The Beverly Center
8614 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
at South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626