|Hotel Capella's Rye Bar: photo by Carol Joynt|
Capella, the new 49-room luxury property on the C & O Barge Canal, offers two food and drink venues - the Rye Bar and The Grill. Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s in store for thirsty and hungry guests.
1. The place is a stunner. Modern design and luxurious appointments provide a backdrop of relaxed refinement for everything from a quiet drink to a celebratory meal. Every piece of furniture is custom-made. There’s antique parquet flooring from a French castle, a back-lit onyx and marble bar, and custom art. Floor-to-ceiling windows look over the canal in both the bar and dining room. In nice weather, visitors can step outside to waterside tables.
2. The bar features whiskeys - rare rye spirits and barrel aged cocktails both on tap and custom made, with bespoke ice. Small bites range from the familiar (crab cake sliders) to the exotic (bone marrow and oxtail). Even the marinated fried oysters carry out the whiskey theme - they’re topped with rye foam. There are leather club chairs and elegant couches. The bar stools are handsome high chairs. It’s sophisticated and soigne.
3. The Grill specializes in hand-cut, bone-in, artisan meats, artful seafood and tableside preparations.The chef, Jakob Esko, is Swedish, so look for the rye and orange cured salmon on the starter list. The urbane room has embroidered fabrics, Austrian acrylic wall tiles, and a rich yet restrained palette of chocolate brown and tawny beige. A glass-enclosed private room (curtained if one chooses) provides further inducements for power breakfasts and dinner parties.
4. Bring your wallet. That barrel aged Manhattan costs $22, while other cocktails are in the $14-$16 range. A dry-aged strip loin goes for $40, and the rotisserie pork loin and belly for $29. Wines by the glass range from $12 -$24, and there are plenty of opportunities to indulge on the bottle list. This is a place for high-rollers and celebrations.