I have been patiently waiting for the day when I would meet Executive Chef, Jakob Esko and get the chance to learn more about his vision for The Grill Room at Capella Washington D.C. I finally had the opportunity earlier this month when our team gathered together for a much-anticipated welcome for Jakob at our pre-launch office!
On a brisk wintery Monday, Jakob seemed more than delighted to join us as we assembled for our first New Year cultural potluck. He had traveled across the world from Capella Singapore, where he was the executive chef, to join our team.
With great anticipation, we sat down for our first interview! I am certain it will have you planning your next trip to our hotel and The Grill Room, set to open this spring.
What excites you most about the restaurant industry in Washington D.C.?
The quality of the produce, seafood and meat is amazing and really top notch. I enjoy being able to find local ingredients, which is exactly what The Grill Room will focus on.
What unique experiences can guests expect when dining at The Grill Room?
You can expect to see constant diversity in our menu, altering to the pace of the local produce available in Washington D.C. Guests can continually expect fresh, vibrant and simple food that is straightforward and certain to be filled with flavor.
Do you see yourself having to adapt your cooking style?
Adapting will be easy with the facility of local produce that will give me the opportunity to create incredible food and seasonal menu items that will showcase only the finest ingredients for our guests.
Can you give us a sneak peek into the menu at The Grill Room?
I can tell you that guests will be in for a unique dining experience when they taste our exclusive Rye Whiskey infused dishes, like our Orange & Rye Cured Salmon and our signature Rye Whiskey sauce served alongside a perfectly grilled and seasoned steak.
I am eager to share even more about The Grill Room & Rye Bar concept at Capella Washington D.C. as well as more recipes & cooking tips from Chef Jakob Esko. As the countdown continues, be sure to follow me, your Capella Washington DC Insider, on Facebook & Twitter for plenty of live updates and exclusive images!