make it a point to dine at Caprice Bistro!
I'm so glad I passed by and noticed this little gem while out walking in Wilmington. When I got back to my room I immediately checked TA for reviews and after reading several knew I had to check it out. I can only assume that Kilwin's outranks it because most TA reviewers favor sweets over entire meals.
Believe every positive review you read on TA about Caprice, and then some. What a find!! There was only one very minor issue that I encountered which was that my (young) waitress did not keep my wine glass filled. Maybe it's a restaurant policy, but I doubt it. Even so, don't be afraid to have Mary Claire as your waitress. She was friendly, courteous, professional and didn't attempt to hide her lack of knowledge about a Sauternes with wine generalities.
I had the nightly special, all around - cream of mushroom soup and Boeuf Bourguignon - paired with a 2009 Domaine Durieu Cotes d' Rhone Villages Plan de Deu. What a masterful pairing if I do say so myself. (Thank you Natalie McLean, an iphone app that assists with food/wine pairings. I'm not embarrassed to say I need assistance at times.)
The cream of mushroom soup was fresh, full of a rich, earthy flavor and the perfect segue into the main entree. I have to give the bread baker ample credit also. The french baguette was nicely textured with great crumb/crust balance. Obviously done by a profesional with many years of experience.
The Boeuf Bourguignon was exquisite. The deep plate in which it was served had been amply heated in the oven before the entree was plated and served. It stayed hot the entire time I enjoyed it. Great, rich flavors - nothing subtle about this dish at all and the Cotes d' Rhone whipped it into a frenzy on your palette. What an enjoyable appetizer and meal.
Before I finished my entree, I asked Mary Claire about desserts. I was immediately drawn to the creme brulee infused with sweet potato. Great choice again on my part and I paired it with a glass of Sauternes (can't remember the vintage/vintner I'm afraid). This dessert perfectly complemented the entree and made the entire evening a fantastic expression of the chef's abilities and France's great contribution to the culinary arts.
If you are in Wilmington for a day, a night or several nights, you owe it to yourself to dine at the Caprice Bistro near the waterfront. It's a delightful little place with great ambience, service and food. I'll be visiting again soon!
On this issue of value, my entire bill came to less than $80 including a bottle of the Cotes d' Rhone. Can't ask for better in my opinion.
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