Seafood At The Grill Room

Seafood At The Grill Room

If you are an East Coast native, I am almost positive we have at least one thing in common, the love for SEAFOOD!  It’s difficult not to love seafood when you live on the East Coast, where Chesapeake Bay crabs (my personal favorite) and many other types of seafood are so readily available and the quality cannot be beat.  I was so happy to learn that The Grill Room at Capella Washington D.C. would feature some of the most mouthwatering seafood dishes I have ever seen and I would like to share several of them with you.

Seafood At The Grill Room

For starters, Chef Esko presents the “Seafood Tower for Two”, featuring Main Lobster, Blue Point Oysters, Alaskan Crab Legs and Prawns, all served with a delicious champagne mignonette & cocktail sauce.  This first course has already won me over because it brings back memories of my childhood, when I learned how to open my first crab and lobster tail, so much fun!  The @CapellaDC Twitter followers have also been raving about the Seafood Tower, which tells me our Washington D.C. locals really love it!

Next up, the “Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cake.”  The dish is also served in mini crab cake slider form at The Rye Bar.  This dish is served with Piquillo Pepper Aioli & Radish Salad.  I have to tell you, my brother came to visit and when he tried the crab cake, he said it was the best one he has ever had in his life! (That says a lot coming from a boy who’s grown up in Maryland and has tasted hundreds of crab cakes in his lifetime).

For the main course, Chef Esko presents a variety of seafoods.  My personal favorite has to be the “Grilled Scallops”, served with Sundried Tomatoes, Pearl Barley, Caramelized Endives, Mustard and Sherry sauce.  Also on the menu, “Roasted Wild Rockfish” served with Parsley Risotto and Orange & Horseradish Shrimp- this is one of my go-to dishes for lunch!

With summer just around the corner, these are my picks for all the seafood lovers in Washington D.C. and guests planning to visit Capella D.C. this season.  View The Grill Room’s full menu here.

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Signature Cocktails At The Rye Bar

The Rye Bar

If you haven’t heard by now Capella Washington DC, Georgetown’s, The Rye Bar will feature a unique and special selection of cocktails, featuring the finest Rye Whiskey available.  Food & Beverage Manager Will Rentschler devised the plan to create our own barrel aged Rye Whiskey cocktail on the menu.  After some fun tastings and a few meetings, the recipe was finalized and plans were made to meet the distributor at his facility to mix and barrel the cocktail.

We began with an American Oak Barrel and then added the ingredients: Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey, Dolin Vermouth and Byrhh quinquina (the term for sweetened fortified aperitif wines containing quinine and spices).  The barrel was then sealed  with a soft oak cork and gently mixed together by rolling the barrel  slightly back and forth a few times.

The Rye Bar

This process was so exciting that I was fascinated to learn more.  Hicham from LeDroit Brands, LLC explained to me that the inside of the barrel is charred, which is where the Rye will pick up colors and flavors of caramel, toffee, vanilla and wood.  He further explained that the barrel aging will remove some of the sweetness from the Vermouth and mellow the flavor of the rye whiskey.

If you are a Whiskey lover, I know you will enjoy this sophisticated cocktail that is the perfect balance of spice, fruit and sweet.  I know that I am looking forward to enjoying one when The Rye Bar opens!

Chef Jakob Esko Joins Capella Washington D.C.

Chef Jakob Esko

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.

Chef Jakob Esko

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!

Introducing Capella Washington DC & Alex Obertop

Capella Washington DC

It was a beautiful September day and not a cloud in the sky as I heard the metro train arriving at Navy Yard. I hopped on the green line, switched to the orange line, and got off at Foggy Bottom where I waited for the Circulator bus to take me to 31st and M street.

There in historic Georgetown, I looked up and saw the newest Capella property.  Opening in January 2013, Capella Washington DC Georgetown is poised to be the talk of the town.  Like every other day, construction workers were hard at work building our dream.  This neighborhood has been bustling with activity for centuries making it the perfect location for this hotel.

Just a few doors down I walked into our office and greeted our General Manager, Alex Obertop. Together, we walked towards the Potomac River, just a block away from Capella Washington DC Georgetown.  I adjusted my camera and began rolling for a video chat. It was incredibly exciting getting to know a little bit more about Alex!


I know you will love getting to know Alex and the rest of our team behind Capella Washington DC Georgetown. As your Insider, you can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. I have great stories and updates to share with you during the upcoming months as we prepare for our launch!