Capitol Bar and Grill – QT Canberra

A few of my friends and I thought it might be a great idea to check out the new and improved restaurant at the new QT Canberra (formerly known as Rydges Lakeside)  many of us who work in the hospitality industry have been waiting with bated breath to see what QT Canberra has to offer.  To our delight the hotel has really embraced Canberra’s political focus and it has a tongue in cheek air about it.  On Fridays they often have Burlesque dancers in the their underground speakeasy – Lucky’s.  Lucky’s is a laid back 1920’s Chicago style bar that has great snack foods and amazing old school cocktails.

Sheree, Paula, Kate and I met up for dinner on a quiet Thursday night looking forward to casual catch up at Capitol Bar and Grill.   The menu was extensive, there were so many things on offer, from steaks, pastas, pies and salads.  We were overwhelmed by all the choices and weren’t sure what to try.  All the options looked amazing!!!

Now to Capitol Bar and Grill.  The old establishment Locanda, was known for it’s amazing steaks and I think Capitol Bar and Grill is still going to be able to cater  for that market as they have very solid steak menu. They dry age all of their steaks in house.  They have been really clever and used it as a feature of their restaurant where you can go see your steak before it’s cooked being dry aged – AWESOME!!!!

We started off with a bread basket to share.

The best part about this bread basket was that they have especially churned butter from Pepe Saya!  It was delicious and super cute!!!

We Thought we would split a plate of the Capitol Bar and Grill’s antipasto plate.  We had seen quite a few of them going around and well, we wanted one too.  When it came out.  It was laden with house made mortadella, prosciutto, anchovies, mini black truffle omeletes, parmasen,salumi, tuna stuffed bell peppers, skewers with melon, bocconcini, tomato and basil. We had a lovely waiter with an Italian accent explain what everything was to us.

It was a cold Canberra night and we were in the mood for a hearty pasta.  Sheree and Paula ordered the Homemade Ravioli filled with pork and veal ragu that has been slow cooked for 6 hours, it was served with a burnt butter sage sauce and truffled pecorino.  From all accounts this was a delicious dish.  The girls raved about how favoursome the filling in their ravioli was and how well the pasta was made.  I think the truffled pecorino was a great accompaniment to this dish.

One of my favourite things about the Capitol Bar and Grill are their plates.  Each plate has a little picture of Parliament House or Old Parliament House on it.  I thought it was a really nice touch.  I really wanted to steal a set for my own personal collection but I resisted the urge.

I really felt like some robust meaty flavours and my eyes wouldn’t go past the Rigatoni Salsiccia – a promise of meaty Italian sausage in a spicy tomato sauce.  Did someone say spicy???  I say SOLD!!!!!

Kate ordered something completely different with the Veal Cutlet.  It came out huge on the plate served with some lemon and asparagus spears.   It meat was tender and juicy and the crumb looked golden and cooked to perfection.  Kate seemed pretty happy with her choice.

Now on to the desserts….  Normally I’m not one to order dessert.  I don’t really have a sweet tooth so I like to save my sweet tooth tummy for more savoury deliciousness.  This time was an exception, Kate and I decided to split the Chocolate profiteroles and Sheree and Paula chose the donuts with syringes filled with jam and custard.  It’s safe to say that neither option failed to deliver. We were so excited about profiteroles when they hit the table.  It was just like an Easter surprise.  The dark chocolate sauce was slightly bitter and luxurious.

The donuts came out piping out and coasted with delicious cinnamon sugar.  The syringes were really cute and the jam was delicious.  We all got a taste of these.  They were delicious!

All in all our dining experience at Capitol Bar and Grill was great.  The service was attentive and professional the wait staff knew all the dishes on the menu well and were able to make very good recommendations.  We found that this was a reasonable well priced restaurant too.  We each paid $60 for dinner and wine.    I’m looking forward to going there again and sampling some other things from the menu.

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