Although we visit The Capital Grille many times a year, I haven’t written anything about them in a while. My last visit here for lunch with my girl friends prompted me to post something about some of the new items on their “Plates” menu. The “Plates” menu is a very reasonable lunch-time offering with three items for $18 and there are various items to choose from. We always start with one of their soups and the “Plates” menu offers either the classic Clam Chowder, or the new Porcini Bisque.
Clam Chowder is always a favorite. My son loves it and so do I. Thick and hearty, they never skimp on ingredients and you’ll find plump clams dotted throughout this flavorful soup.
I loved the new Porcini Bisque, a creamy soup with an earthy mushroom finish with a drizzle of chive oil. It adds just a little zing to the aromatic composition — not needed, but much appreciated.
The Lobster Bisque ($13 cup/$15 bowl) is not on the menu, but know it is always available — just ask! This is something one of us always order because not only is the soup portion of it delightful, but the large chunks of sweet lobster swimming in it makes my mouth water. This is one of their signature menu items and definitely not to be missed if you like lobster bisque. Sherry is offered tableside if you wish to add that to the already flavorful concoction.
Moving on to entrees, the “Plates” menu offers Seared Sea Scallops with creamed corn and arugula instead of the Israeli couscous from last season. Luscious scallops are cooked to perfection and comes four to a plate. Very generous portion indeed!
Another new item is the Dry Aged Sirloin Hash. My son loved this dish albeit not so much the runny egg on top (he’ll ask for it to be cooked through next time), but he devoured the steak and potato chunks with vigor. Topped with crispy onions, this is definitely an item for those carnivores at heart.
There is also a choice of sides with the “Plates” menu and while the Truffle Fries are always a good option…..
…… I chose the new fall item of Roasted Butternut Squash with cranberry pear chutney. This dish really gets you into fall and gets you excited about the holiday season coming up soon.
One of my friends chose the Salmon Salad ($18) with endive and pear slices instead of the “Plates” menu. The salmon was moist and oh so tender. If you’re looking for a light alternative this is definitely the one to go with.
As stated before, we always love coming to The Capital Grille whether it be for lunch or dinner. Food is great and service is always very attentive. There is also complimentary valet parking, just get your ticket stamped by the hostess before you leave.
This week, I have a $50 giftcard for one lucky reader to win courtesy of The Capital Grille. Please leave me a comment with your FULL name and tell me why you love eating here, and/or, if you haven’t already been here, why you would like to visit. Entries close on Sunday, Oct 20, winner will be announced on Monday, Oct 21. Good Luck!
The Capital Grille
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626