It seems even the mighty Hermitage may be feeling the pinch from the upstart competition invading Nashville, if the almost deserted restaurant a week before Christmas was any guide. With a rash of new trendy restaurants springing up around the city catering to every eating and diet fad, possibly even the great and the good like the venerable Hermitage’s Capitol Grill needs to try something a bit more contemporary? But maybe that’s not their style or intent, though to their credit much of the produce is grown on their local farm.
On the plus side the atmosphere is all that you would expect from such an institution, compared to some contemporary restaurants it has a quiet and pleasant ambiance – just the relaxed side of stuffy and formal.
The Lunch Time menu was short and tempting but probably nothing that would excite or surprise the appetites of the super health conscious.
The Sweet Onion Bisque with Brie was just perfect for a cool winter day, thick, creamy and tasty. The Butter Milk Fried Chicken with a side of greens and sweet potatoes was of modest proportions, succulent and well presented – quite sufficient for Lunch.
And now we come to the double faux pas: The Shepherd’s Pie.
Firstly, The menu described it incorrectly as Shepard’s Pie – (unless that was the name of the Chef?). Secondly, it had Beef in it, when it should be Lamb (Beef goes into a Cottage Pie). Oops! For “Nashville’s only 5* Hotel” two silly mistakes.
On that basis maybe my guest’s Chicken might have been Turkey, Duck or Peacock-who knows?
Dessert was a shared chocolate cake, a little dry for my taste, but the coffee good. The service was excellent, but then they weren’t overly busy. So if you want a restaurant that still adheres to some old fashioned values when it comes to menu choice, service and surroundings, then the Hermitage’s Capitol Grill is for you. Price $60 for two.