Capitol rocks. We hadn't been for ages, luckily timed it perfectly for a table of four (by my calculations we got the only table that opened up after we arrived - phew).
Had a delicious aperitif waiting at the bar (escaping me now - grapefruit, vodka…oh a sea breeze I think).
Two of us shared raw oysters (Tio Point) with a red onion vinegar dressing) - yum.
I had gnocchi with tuatuas, peas and white wine for main (I think I had the entree size, which was perfect after the oysters). It was actually perfect.
P had the half crayfish on a delicious sounding slaw.
S had the vegetarian pasta with two types of cheese, she said it was great.
M had scallops with proscuitto dust - wouldn't share - how mean.
S had pork belly which after the pasta she struggled to finish, but apparently it was worth the struggle.
M had duck leg confit - again wouldn't share, but it was TDF he said.
We shared a bottle of Ata Rangi Celebre, which went well with everyone's choices.
The dessert special was strawberry cheesecake with ginger crumbs and about 5 other elements, sadly I was too full to even try any but the two who had it said it was delicious.
I rate this as one of the best dining experiences in Wellington.
Simply good food, quality ingredients and excellent service sum Capitol up. We had dinner and the special of whitebait/asparagus with egg and the lambs fry. The food was simply delicious- simple but fresh flavors and impeccable service. Excellent wines by the glass.
Well, if birthday girl couldn't decide where she wants to go have brunch then I'll just have to steer her to Capitol who does the BEST scrabbled eggs in town. I was hanging out for a dose of the butter covered chive flecked golden mound of creamy eggy deliciousness but this was foiled by the lovely Irish lass informing us of one of the specials was grilled asparagus with fried whitebait and soft boiled egg and capers. I had to forego the eggs but B ordered them and she let me have forkful. Yep, still as good as ever. I simple love eating here as the food is always good and there is prompt cheerful service. Highly recommend.
Had a dinner here last night about 8.30 after FF movies and seemed like a lot of people were doing the same thing but despite being packed the service was friendly and timely. I ordered the lamb meatballs with parpadelle and partner the lambs fry with spinach. They were both served promptly hot and very tasty indeed. The wines by the glass are good value for money so were very happy with the choices. Will be back
Delicious food, great service and lovely environment. I had the smoked duck which was slightly chewy but full of flavour and I also had a side of spinach. My partner had the risotto and a side of mushrooms. Desserts were divine and melt in the mouth. Service was very quick and courteous. I would definitely go back there again. Very good value for money.
Came for lunch and had two really tasty meals, the roast chicken, leek and smoked cheese pie, and the parmesan crumbed lamb livers with gorgonzola dressed baby spinach. Wonderful taste, wonderful service and a really value for money experience. Not often at that end of town for lunch but will find a reason to go back there!
Queens Birthday Sunday and a night out - bliss.
I have only been here for lunch previously and thoroughly enjoyed that so was pleased to settle in here for dinner.
We called ahead and were advised to get there about 8:30 as they anticipated a vacant table by then (no bookings taken). As it happened we had about a 20 minute wait at the bay perched on the stools. Not a hardship with a glass of wine!
The wait was well worthwhile. Entrées chosen by the table; gnocchi, squid x2 and broccoli bruschetta. All were delicious. On to the mains; lamb liver, crackled pork on wild grains, lamb rack and..... hmmm can't recall! Regardless - all meals were polished off and highly praised.
The shared two orders of desert were fabulous - Pecorino, dried pear, walnuts, honey and black pepper - a great combo!
The service was excellent - well informed staff and a service delivered with great humour. Well worth a visit. Delicious!
Came on Wednesday for dinner, and it was quite quiet for 7pm but soon filled up. There were a couple of specials but we stuck to the menu. Partner started with oysters, the lamb rack while I had the pasta with whitebait. Both meals were tasty, well presented and the service is spot on...will be back.
This has got to be one of my favourite places for lunch in Wellington. The service is always friendly and welcoming but not overbearing. They have a delicious wine-list but we went for the rose as it was a divine summers day. To eat, the bruschetta is hard to pass on, chunky tomatoes perfectly seasoned with yummy olive oil. For main I had the fish of the day which was tarakihi, it was served with new potatoes and a lovely broth, refreshing and light but full of flavour. Desert we shared three of the deserts, the semi-freddo, chocolate cake that was soooo gooey on the inside YUM, and the goats milk panna cotta. Again like the rest of the meal, it was light and tasty but not overpowering. The chefs are great at balancing their meals. Will be back again to treat someone special to a fabulous experience.
We've been quite a few times to Capitol, mostly for a tasty latish brunch (the crispy fired chicken salad is great), but also for a few dinners. One of the things I like the most about this cheery eatery is they change their menu often, and their specials are often outstanding.
On Sunday, after an epic weekend, we were searching for a tasty early dinner before we crawled into our beds. A doz oysters between us, then moved onto the main course. I had a perfectly seasoned and delicuious tagliatelle. Perfect portion size as well. SLF had the amber jack - kingfish by another name. A meaty white fish, she said "it's the best fish I've eaten". It certainly looked tasty enough to add to my growing instagram collection. I'm not sure what NZBH had, but I'm sure it was tasty, judging by the the fact that there wasn't anything left. The wine list is very well though out, with a great range of prices and styles. Being The Summer of Riesling, we most certainly went for one, in this case the Mt Edward 08. Dry, with a little nutty complexity from the bottle age.
Capitol is the first place I've seen with a list of Amaros. If you haven't experienced one of these delicious digestifs you are missing out. The bitter sweet flavour helps your gut immensely, and they aren't that high in alcohol either.
A great night, and we'll certainly be back
Saturday night, we chanced it and scored a just vacated table for 2 by the window. The service was friendly and flawless, the Irish lass explained the specials, watered us regularly, did everything a good waitperson knows how, what, when to do. I opted for the squid with aioli, just absolutely heavenly. I would have liked a wee wedge of lemon with it (but I guess this would have ruined the whole 'white on white' effect of the presentation of the dish. My main was the scallop starter, again fabulous, delicious & generous mound of scallops, tomatoes, capers - yum.
T. had fresh oysters in the shell for entree and the Crumbed pork with cabbage, pear and fennel slaw with a gnerous side of rocket and parmesan.
We were very happy and so glad we came again.
When we first came here for lunch today the atmosphere was good and the staff friendly. Unfortunately that's where the positives ended. We ordered our food and waited and waited 30 - 40 minutes of seeing others come after us, be seated, order, receive their orders and finish their food. Eventually one of the waitresses came up and apologised that there had been a mix up i.e. our order had gotten lost. We were offered additional drinks at which point we then reminded them that we had yet to receive all of the first ones we ordered. We were advised 10 mins of additional waiting for the food which turned into a while longer and around 50 mins - 1 hour after we initially ordered we were served. Two of us had the asparagus dish which for $19.50 comprised of just that plus a bit of egg and parmesan cheese. After I wolfed that down I was still starving and contemplated ordering additional bread but didn't fancy having it for dinner so passed on that. When we went up the bill was charged to us in full. After we reminded them about the drinks that had been offfered they took those off the bill. Poor service. People make mistakes; how they are handled is what I review on. We have experinced similar issues in other restaurants who then graciously halved the bill or took other steps to rectify the situation e.g. offered us finger food whilst we were waiting. Those I still gave high scores for service. This is, I believe, one of if not the lowest score I have ever given in 60 something reviews. We then went out to the wellington markets and ordered and ate a whole pizza which took the 9 minutes they said it would and cost a third of the price.