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Jan 24, 2007 07:44 AM

Capital Brasserie

Keeping with my promise to try at least one new place a month, hubbers and I went to CB yesterday. With it being cold and rainy, seemed the perfect day for onion soup.

Interior was nice, understated and absolutely had the vibe of a french bistro. The big picture windows offering a great view of the rain outside.

Fresh from the oven bread was served with some of the freshest tasting butter I've had away from my aunt's farm.

I ordered the french onion soup and a small traditional ceasar. Hubbers ordered the croque monsieur with pommes frites.

There were two baby hiccups - my soup was brought out way before the other two. I had wanted to eat the soup/salad together when hubbers got his meal. I also was not given a soup spoon and had to use my coffee spoon for about five minutes before the waiter showed up again.

That aside, the soup was outstanding - rich and deep with flavor. Hubbers said it was a little heavy on the vermouth, but I didn't think so. Finally! there's a resaurant that does a really wonderful anchovy-y (pardon the grammer) ceasar. Bright, green, crisp lettuce. Freshly graded parm with just enough done-right dressing with just enough to coat each leaf. My meal was just right for a rainy cold day. Hubbers even sopped up the last of my soup with the fresh out of the oven bread our waiter brought about mid-meal.

Hubbers croque didn't look like much, but it was so incredibly rich he barely ate three-quarters of it. Thinly sliced grilled ham on a toasted dark rye with rich gooey cheese melted on top served with crisp on the outside, tender in potatoes with plenty of herbs on the crust served with a zesty-tangy dipping sauce.

Lunch at CB was wonderful. I never felt rushed, service for the most part was attentive and we couldn't have had a better rainy-day meal.

We'll definatley be back to try the Sunday brunch.

p.s. - the steak salad the table next to us looked amazing.

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  1. I wouldn't put Capitol Brasserie on my list of absolute best restaurants in Austin, but IMHO it's very good, especially for the location and price. The most expensive item on the dinner menu is $22, and for being downtown in that nice of a restaurant, that's not bad. I've been there twice, had the Steak Frites ($17) the first time and the Roasted Chicken ($16) the second. The frites (fries) are great - in fact I ordered the Roasted Chicken the second time because it came with them. Both times I really enjoyed the meal. The food is very satisfying - it's basic, straight ahead, good French food (hence being a brasserie) - and you won't leave hungry, like at some other fine dining establishments around town, which I won't name. ;-)

    1. Austin has needed more of a mid-range (price) brasserie for a while. I'll have to give it a try.

      1. Based on your review, I'll give this place another shot. My experiences thus far have been lackluster, and I always feel like I should have gone to Chez Nous.

        1. Plus they have Hoegarden on tap. It is a shame they no longer have Lambics as it was quite good mixed with Hoegarden.

          1. I went to Capitol about 2 weeks ago. I had oysters and a ceasar, my son had steak frites and charcuterie and hubby had mussels and a salad, and my mom had some sort of pasta (can't remember what). Anyhoo, the service was pleasant, the food was good. Capitol is not a 'chowhound' experience, but it is honest and fresh and I would recommend it. I live in France and only wish all our brasseries were so good.

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            1. re: laur76


              Do you mean CB is not a "chowhound" experience because the food’s not truly delicious? In other words, it’s just good? Plus, what do you mean by "honest"?

              I'd also love to know more details about how the frites, mussels, salad, and pasta were prepared.


              1. re: MPH

                I'm sorry I meant it was good. Not the best mussels EVER etc.. But certainly very good and very fresh. In sum, though I agree it was not very clear, I meant simple, fresh, good, therefore honest (in french when we say something is 'honnete' it means we do not feel taken advantage of and are satisfied. Again, I would recommend it.

              2. re: laur76

                yes, I'm confused too. You say the food was good and also say "I live in France and only wish all our brasseries were so good." That sounds like a "chowhound" experience to me.

                1. re: amysuehere

                  Again, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm very sorry to say most brasseries in France are not chowhound experiences. I wish I could keep up the myth but I can not tell a lie.