At the invitation of the Capital Hotel, my family and I returned to Ashley's At the Capital Hotel on Friday evening, June 7th, 2013. Ashley's kindly bought our meal, and we bought our wine.
I'm happy to say that we had a delightful dinner! Not totally flawless but lovely, fun, and delicious. The chicken liver parfait with tiny darling baguette and the abalone were the highlights of our appetizers. The abalone sliced ever so thinly with a paper-thin slice of truffle was perfect, special. It really got our attention.
An individual cast iron pan of cornbread was also delivered to our table. It was presented rather like an amuse bouche--and tasted like sort of a cross between traditional Southern cornbread and spoon bread. We all loved it.
My daughters' and my favorite main course was a classic French lamb (like a 7 hour but with the chef's individual touch). I've never had a better one. Two of us ordered scallops, and they came with one side gorgeously caramelized. We were sorry no one tried the lobster fricassee, and if any had been inclined to beef, the steak with foie gras looked wonderful.
The desserts were such a fun and delicious course. We tried almost the entire menu. My favorites were the Strawberry Sundae and Mocha-Caramel Semifreddo, but all the desserts were quite yummy. The French chef obviously has a nose for them. The cheesecake (not a regular one at that) was delish and count the apple pie--more like tart--in as well. I would've been delighted with either. In fact, which dessert wouldn't I have been happy with? I think none.
We left the restaurant feeling like we'd had a very special experience.
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