Would we go back:
8th and Hennepin
• Scallops in Lemon Cream Sauce Appetizer $14.95 (shared)
• Caesar Salad $5.50
• Blackened Swordfish and Shrimp in a Cajun Cream Sauce $27.95
• Fresh Vegetables $2.50
• Flourless Expresso Torte $5.95 (shared)
The key word in the name of this restaurant is Capital with a A and not on O. You need to be willing to spend a lot of it if you are going to eat here.
The food ranged from excellent to not so good. We started with the appetizer special of the night which was Scallops in a Lemon Cream Sauce. The waiter promised us that the scallops were like little sugar cubes and he was right the dish was absolutely perfect. The waiter also suggested that we might want some bread to sop up the remaining sauce and I jumped at the offer not caring that this was not the kind of restaurant where one does that.
The Caesar Salad was adequate, but not worth noting.
The special Blackened Swordfish and Shrimp in a Cajun Cream Sauce was absolutely excellent. The fish melted in my mouth.
For dessert we split the Flourless Espresso Chocolate Torte. It was nice and creamy, with a faint espresso flavor. Overall a very nice ending.
• Pea Soup $4.95
• Steak Au Poivre $24.95
• Lyonnaise Potatoes $2.75
The ambiance: Old Boy's Club. Lots of portraits and fancy woodwork.
Here's one of my pet peeves: You arrive at a restaurant before the dinner rush. You are the second, third, or fourth party to be seated. You are seated uncomfortably close to another party. What is the host/hostess thinking? Let's pack them in like sardines?
That aside, everything here is expensive
I had the Steak Au Poivre, which I realize I should not have ordered. This dish takes a perfectly good steak (cooked well, nice cut) and covers it in fresh ground black pepper. I almost gagged, except that I had to finish to teach myself a lesson: never order this again.
The Lyonnaise Potatoes were nothing special, and they should be included in the price of the entree instead of a la carte.
The clientele: Trophy wives and their fat cats.
The Service: Excellent
The recommendation: There are good steaks elsewhere much cheaper.
$20 and up
January 8, 2000