A Cape Cod carnivore at the Capital Grille & Mooo
Two great downtown restaurants are match-ups
By Walter & Patricia Brooks
The only difficulty you will have dining at these two restaurants is making up your mind about what to have.
Capital Grille is an upscale steakhouse, part of a national chain with over forty locations across the country, and it has managed to maintain a consistent, high quality throughout.
The Capital Grille in Boston is at the top of Newbury Street at the corner of Mass. Avenue and plans to move to a new and larger location at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center next year, but the present restaurant will remain open until the new one opens.
When we dine here we can't resist the Pan Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers. The calamari is sautéed in garlic butter until golden crisp, then tossed with a house blend of peppers and scallions for a very fiery finish.
We also shared a half dozen oysters served with with pairs of mignonette and cocktail sauce.
There are a dozen steak choices on the menu, but we luckily listened to our server Paul who recommended bone-in Kona dry aged sirloin with caramelized shallot butter seasonings and a coffee rub to create a first-class steak.
My wife had four double cut Lamb Rib Chops grilled to perfection.
After these, I am embarrassed to tell you what we had for dessert, but you can guess here.
The Capital Grille in the Back Bay is at 359 Newbury Street. The address for the upcoming location will be 900 Boylston Street two block away.
Mooo at XV Beacon
Mooo is across Beach Street from the Fox 25 news bureau and a block towards Washington from the State House.
It is in the new, very posh XV Beacon hotel.
The room is one of, if not, the best in Boston, a city full of beautiful dining rooms.
We started with a truly lovely Endive and Watercress salad with spiced walnuts & Roquefort, $14, and proceeded to have our palates blown away by the Kobe Beef Dumplings , $19.
My wife had an entreé of Seared Sea Scallops with a parsnip puree, brussels sprouts and king oyster mushrooms, $34.
The steak choice was difficult with several on the menu including a 6 ounce Wagyu Beef Sirloin, imported from Australia, $120, but I never can pass up Tenderloin of Beef wellington when offered as a single serving and this one came with foie gras, spinach, duxelle, $46.
It was superb and large enough for us to share.
We can't wait to go back to 15 Beacon Street and Mooo.