The opening of new hotels means the opening of new restaurants. This week for Let’s Do Lunch, we took in the Capella’s new restaurant, the Grill Room and Rye Bar. Located in the heart of Georgetown next to the C&O Canal, it’s a great setting to: do lunch.
After reviewing the printed menu for that day, we started the course with warm baked bread and offering of baked bone marrow with parmesan and bread crumbs. I soon realized I was the only person savoring the creamy marrow for the guests at my table were too squeamish to try.
We went on to try the smoked tomato soup and the spring pea soup, both vibrant in color and savory in taste. And what goes best with soup but the famed chopped lobster salad? The generous portions of lobster meat paired well with the crunchy corn and were highlighted by the citrus dressing.
The meal could have ended there. But since we were at the Grill Room, we went on to try the dry aged strip loin and the grilled Atlantic halibut. The portions were large and were grilled to perfection. Though salt and pepper had to be added to the meal, it was satisfying and fulfilling.
The true winner of the meal was the branzino fillet. The soft buttery flesh of the fish paired so well with the sautéed potatoes and vegetables, that if the menu must change daily, I pray for this to be a staple. As the meal went on and our stomachs expanded, we took a look at the sweet case containing beautifully sculpted confectionery treats. But time had run out. Clearly, we will have to make another trip.
The Grill Room and Rye Bar
1050 31st St. NW