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Capital Grille Restaurant Review

The Capital Grill brand is renowned in many cities throughout the United States among those who enjoy fine dining, and their restaurant in Providence lives up to their well-deserved reputation. It has been praised by food critics across the United States, including restaurant reviewers for The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Gourmet, Philadelphia Magazine, Miami Today, The Hill, and Chicago Tribune.

When visiting Rhode Island be sure to stop off at the Capital Grill restaurant there. It is located in Downtown West on 1 Union Station in Providence. The ambiance is elegant and stylish, yet also relaxing. Their lunch selection includes dinner choices or a special menu that ranges from $12 to $30. Some of the wait staff have worked at this restaurant for as long as 15 years and the restaurant’s formula for providing a perfect dining experience is simple: use the best ingredient, toss in some excellent skill, and stir with creativity. If, for example, you order filet with lobster and crab stuffed shrimp in caramelized shallot butter, they are so tender that you can cut them with your fork. Needless to say the food also melts in your mouth. What’s more, the service-from appetizers to desserts-is always impeccable.

Rhode Island’s Capital Grille is well-known for drying aging steaks on the premise, offering chops, and providing the best North Atlantic fresh seafood, including very large lobsters. Besides the food, they also provide gracious and professional service and their wine list have won awards. Whether you’re alone or part of a group that has gathered to enjoy an affable lunch, a cherished dinner or a luxurious soiree in one of the restaurant’s private dining rooms, you’ll always find the servers delightful. They are gracious and knowledgeable, and even uncanny in their skill at anticipating your needs.

The interior décor consists of a deep and rich African mahogany, art deco style chandeliers offering soft, warm lighting, and comfortable seating. The ambiance can best be described as elegant, refined, and soothing. Those seeking a lively, rather than calming, atmosphere can enjoy the social camaraderie at the sophisticated bar.

There is a very good reason why the American Culinary Federation bestowed Capital Grille an Achievement of Excellence Award. Apart from the excellent steaks that are dry aged and perfectly grilled and fresh seafood flown in from both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, patrons can discover their perfect wine from a choice of 5,000 bottles. These wines are from some of the best wineries in the world, including wines from the United States, South America, Germany, Italy, and France. Those who are not familiar with how to select their wines are helped by a sommelier, a knowledgeable wine steward who has specialized in studying the many aspects of wine. Additionally, patrons are even offered the option of a personalized wine locker. These can be leased for the year to house selected collections.

Trinidad and Tobago Restaurant Review

Restaurant Reviewed: Apsara, Port Of Spain
Cuisine: Indian
Restaurant Type: A La Carte

If you are looking for an upscale Indian restaurant, in Port of Spain, that serves divine food, look no farther than Apsara. Located in Queen’s Park East, very close to the President’s residence, this eatery has a brilliant ambiance. Book your table 24 hours in advance (Tel no. (868) 623-7659), as the place is always crowded.

I’d like to tell you the bad news first. Don’t expect fast service here. Go early and allow 45 minutes to an hour to get your order. Once you are mentally prepared to wait, you’ll find that the food was worth the wait.

This is a good place for conversation, and you can spend the waiting time talking to your friends accompanying you, or better still taking in the ambiance. The restaurant has brilliant interior design with a lot of Mughal art rendered by a contemporary artist going by the name of Sarah Beckett.

Coming to the cuisine, you could either go for an a la carte menu, or opt for a fixed price buffet. I would recommend going a la carte. This is just the place for you, if you like kebabs; try the Husseini Boti Kebabs for starters.

For the main course you could try a Chicken Tikka Masala accompanied by Peshawari Naan, or Bharwan Aloo Paratha (Indian bread with a stuffing of seasoned potatoes).

If you are in a mood to experiment, I would recommend Murgh Nazakat, among chicken dishes, or if you prefer sea food, try the mouth watering Apsara Machi, or the Masala Shrimp. They can also russle up a mean Paneer Tikka, if cottage cheese be your badge.

I can go on and on about the food but I have listed all my personal favourites, and there are plenty of choices, if you want vegetarian fare, too.

Gorge on the food by all means, but do leave some place in your tummy for dessert, in the form of Gulab Jamun, or Ras Malai, or Kulfi.

And when you get the bill you’ll be pleasantly surprised — it will cost you no more than about Trinidadian $60 (one hundred Trinidadian dollars equal seven US dollars) per person, and that includes drinks, and service.

RESTAURANT RATINGS:

Service [rating:2/5]

Ambience [rating:4/5]

Food Quality [rating:5/5]

Hygiene [rating:4/5]

Location [rating:4/5]

Overall rating:4/5

Best Dish: Chicken Tikka Masala

Tip: If you prefer a particular wine tell them when you book your table, so they don’t run out of it while you’re eating!

How to Write a Restaurant

The point of writing a review is to give information about the good & bad aspects (if any!) about the dining establishment.

What should be the style of the review? 
It should be in a chatty style to make it fun to read & not in a boring formal style.

What aspects should be emphasized in a review?
All aspects are important – the location, the exterior, the ambience, the decor & furnishings, the menu, the table settings, the service, and, of course, the food.

What are the ways to describe the various aspects?
The location: Is it easy to locate with some major landmark nearby? Is it a busy commercial area? Is it primarily a residential area? Is there parking space?

The exterior: Does the restaurant have indoor & outdoor space? If only indoor space, is there seating space outside for waiting diners? Is there any overhead awning? Is a staff member outside to take reservations or parcel orders?

The ambience: Is the atmosphere a cheerful one or is it a dull depressing place?

The decor & furnishings: What is the lighting system – soft/dim/harsh/garish lighting? Are the walls covered with some kind of paintings or other decorative designs? What is the seating arrangement?

The menu : Was the menu design anything extraordinary? What is the least expensive & the most expensive item listed in the menu? What is the variety of cuisine listed? Is there a separate wine list?

The table settings: How is the table top – glass, wood, Formica, etc? Were glasses, & table napkins already set?

The service: How was the attire of the staff (e.g. if a festival is on-going, then the waiters could be in traditional clothes matching the festival)? Did the waiter come quickly to take your order? Did the food come to the table quickly? Was any food item not ordered brought to your table? Did the waiter hover around the table in an irritating manner?

The food: Was it bland, spicy, salty, too sweet? What exactly did you / your group eat? Were the prices worth it?

Additional Tips:
Be creative: Basically in writing a restaurant review you should use different kinds of words when describing the decor and the food. You cannot use the word ‘nice’ and ‘tasty’ or ‘delicious’ repeatedly! To find different kinds of words and not sound like a parrot, type out your review in a Word doc. on your computer; check out other similar words by using the computer dictionary [Tools-Language-Thesaurus].

Enhance your review with photos if possible. If you have a digital camera with you, you can take photos of the food too. It is very important, however, to always ask for permission to take photos inside the restaurant. Some establishments are very strict about taking photographs and you must always respect rules & regulations. If at all you are asked why you are taking a photograph, you can simply say you are trying out your new camera! Naturally, you should not state that you are going to write a review too – then it is guaranteed that the management will go out of their way to please you & you will not get the real picture!

Make Or Break With Restaurant

If a dining establishment serves up tasty and fresh food to match the budget of the everyday man, its name is bound to withstand the tides of time. Due to the overwhelming influx of such excellent places popping up throughout the neighborhood and city, competition becomes a painful reality. Like it or not, restaurant reviews become essential tool, if not weapons, to stamp a mark of distinction from the rest whilst blow away potential rivalry on the path towards being the best steak house or pizza joint.

Although the method of formal advertising and marketing practices is the norm, experienced business owners recognize the importance of the word of mouth. To wheedle one’s place into the list of recommended restaurants, the restaurateur obviously needs to draw in the clientele and impress their taste buds. Without making too deep a dent to their wallets, their diners should be coming back fast and furious, dragging family and friends along for the best home cooked meal or haute cuisine.

Other than reliance on the public, it never hurts to invite restaurant reviewers to drop by for a sample tasting of the fare. To ensure they receive similar treatment as the everyday man who steps off the street into the restaurant, these characters often take extra effort to appear incognito. Although it may seem like the best job in the world, it certainly entails some job hazards as dishes are like books. One cannot judge its flavor by the beautiful presentation. Since chefs are known to be kitchen scientists, some experiments are bound to taste better than others. An unfortunate diner subject to a warring palate may not be frequenting such a recommended restaurant in the future, no matter how many stars the chef holds. However, if the place lives up to its name as a dining heaven, full reservations and waiting lists hold its future for success.