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Capo Review

Tusc | Jun 14, 2004 05:40 PM

Went to Capo on Saturday night and was duly impressed. I've read a few other reviews of Capo, and while I respect that different people will have different experiences, ours was very positive.

First off, this is not a place to go if you're on a tight budget. Apps are $12-$18, Entrees $36-$48 and up, desserts $10-$12. No getting around it, Capo is indeed pricey.

We arrived early and were seated right away. The room is a little small, but no more so than other new places around town. At no time did I feel like another table was so close they intruded on our space or conversation. While the place was near empty at 7:00pm, it was totally packed at 7:45pm.

I started with a rigatoni and shredded kobe beef dish that was simply excellent. I initially thought it would be pointless to order shredded kobe beef, thinking it defeats the purpose to eat kobe in anything but steak form, but I have no complaints, it had a wonderful flavor, and draped the pasta nicely. My wife had the purple cauliflour soup, wihch was tasty albeit unspectacular.

For entrees, I had a bone-in 16 oz. filet mignon, and I have to admit it is one of the best steaks I've had in a long time, it was much better than anything I've had at Morton's or Ruth's Chris, and is at the level of the Double Eagle steakhouse I went to once in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

The filet was very tender, flavorful, grilled over an open flame, and cooked exactly as I wanted it (medium rare). It was so great I had to restrain myself from picking up the bone and gnawing on it, reminding myself this was a fine dining establishment, and not Tony Roma's. My wife had the New York, which was equally good, although she likes it very rare, which makes it hard for me to fully assess.

I had a glass of Flowers Pinot Noir (Sonoma County) which was fine, although not the best pinot I've ever sipped.

The desserts were absolutely incredible. I am not a bread pudding fan, but the server talked me into the candied bread pudding, and every bite made me close my eyes in ecstacy and marvel at how good it was. The chocolate creme brulee was exceptional also, deep, rich, cold, bittersweet chocolate, smooth as silk and very satisfying.

The total (with tip) went past $200, and could have been more if we had ordered a bottle of wine, so clearly the prices are not for the feignt of heart (or something we indulge in on a regular basis), but as an occasional treat, Capo really lived up to our expectations. A great meal.

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