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La Capannina Restaurant

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I can’t quite believe it’s taken me so long to get round to writing this blog, but I finally have! Ladies and gentleman, allow me to introduce you to my favourite restaurant in Jersey, La Capannina.

This incredible restaurant epitomises tradition, always offers a friendly face and never fails to deliver on exceptional food. Which is probably why La Capannina has stood the test of time and will celebrate 50 years of business this coming July. Cheers to that!

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We arrived to the smiling face of the legend that is Tino, perhaps the most enthusiastic restaurant owner I’ve ever met. Tino Rossi runs the restaurant along with brothers Fernando and Joel. It’s a true family affair and everyone that comes through the door is welcomed as part of that family.

Tino and his team create classic Italian and French dishes, a match made in heaven if you ask me! We took up our seats in the bar to enjoy a welcome glass of Champagne and a few nibbles, while chatting away and catching up on all the weekends events.

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Crudités with an array of dips, the garlic one being my favourite. Tomato bruschetta with black olives and very more-ish little pizza bites. Despite being incredibly simple, the ladies all said the bruschetta were some of the best they’d had!

These tasty morsels were the perfect food for thought when faced with the extensive menu that followed. Dish after dish of tantalising treats adorned the menu and we read up and down the pages on numerous occasions, finding it almost impossible to make a decision.

And then came the parade of the special dishes of the day, and the choice became even tougher!

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Grilled fillets of Sea Bass with fennel, fresh Jersey Lobster, salmon and prawn cornets with Jersey crab, fresh Langoustines, a whole saddle of lamb and endless other fresh dishes, were ceremoniously paraded past us at the table, teasing our tastebuds as they went.

Eventually though, we came to our decisions and were escorted through to our table. La Capannina is always busy on a weekend, even lunch times are pretty busy with local business men (and they do an exceptionally great value business menu!). But if you visit on a week night and get there just in time, you can almost have the place to yourself, for a little while at least. Trust me it’s worth it, it will feel like your own private dinner party!

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Our starters were plated up right next to us at the table, it doesn’t get more personal than that. There is so much still to be said for the attentiveness of silver service and upholding tradition, it’s just an altogether more intimate experience.

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Smoked salmon and prawn cornets with crab and an absolutely classic prawn cocktail for me, one of my most favourite starters ever!

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Vitello Tonnato, roast veal in a tuna and mayonnaise sauce. I realise it may not be the most pretty thing to look at, but don’t forget that La Capannina is all about tradition, right down to presentation and garnishing. There’s no need for false pretense here, the flavours speak for themselves!

This dish is served cold and is apparently exceptionally popular with Italians in the summer, my friend described it as ‘unexpectedly amazing’!

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Fresh asparagus in butter. Another favourite dish of mine, supremely simple, but full of fresh taste.

All accompanied by a delicious white wine, chosen by Tino himself and agreed upon by us all! We enjoyed our starters whilst another beautiful red wine breathed beside us, waiting as patiently as we were, for the main show.

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Tino had other ideas for us though, he insisted we squeeze in an extra course and try out the range of pasta dishes on his menu. We didn’t really take much convincing to be honest, especially since pasta dishes come with the option of the cutest little lobster bibs! How adorable do we look? (Just go along with me on this!)

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Spaghetti Olio Aglio Perperoncino {Spaghetti in olive oil, garlic and chilli sauce}, Penne Arrabiata {Penne pasta with garlic, tomatoes and chilli sauce} and Tagliolini Neri Al Salmone {Homemade black spaghetti with smoked salmon, brand and cream sauce}.

Luckily we shared these dishes between us, rather than having one each! Our wonderful waiter plated up a little sample of each for us and we happily tucked in.

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Ok, so maybe they were slightly larger than ‘little samples’ but each dish was totally worth indulging in, perfectly cooked al dente and full of flavour. I’m sure you’ve heard al dente is the only way to eat pasta properly, but did you know that cooking pasta this way is actually better for your blood sugar too? Learn something new every day!

After so much food, we decided it was probably best to take a little break before the main course arrived! I went for a little wander round the restaurant and had a nosy in the Conservatory, which is used for private dining events. The ultimate venue for any special occasion.

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Elegant, classy and full of history. A private dining room that even the Made in Chelsea cast would be envious of, but don’t tell them about it, it’s our little Jersey secret!

But back to the table, the Piece de resistance was due to arrive at the table imminently…

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You will not find this dish on the main menu, nor on the specials list; however, it is quite possibly the best dish available and my main reason for loving La Capannina. Steak en boîte, the jewel in the crown of the restaurant and even better when lovingly prepared by the main man himself.

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Completely full of flavour and accompanied by delicious fresh vegetables. The potatoes are amazing by the way, they actually offer up to 12 different types of potatoes on the menu, try as many as you can!

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Saddle of lamb carved at the table, a classic dish and made even more delightful by the crispy courgette fritters.

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Scampi alla Livornese {Scampi in tomato and garlic sauce}, full of flavour and colour with such a fresh crispy coating.

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Saltimbocca Alla Romana {Escalope of Veal topped with Parma Ham in Marsala Wine Sauce}, juicy and succulent meat with a rich sauce and tender vegetables.

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We couldn’t fault a single part of our meal, it was all simply stunning. My steak was the most tender I’ve ever had and it’s such a joy to see it cooked from fresh right next to your table, I will never get tired of it!

We thought the surprises may be over here and we’d had all we could manage, but of course, there was still the dessert course to come! We trusted Tino’s judgement at this point and he offered to send out a selection of his most highly recommended sweet treats.

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The prettiest Semifreddo with delicate chocolate decorations, we all dived into this without reserve and didn’t stop until it was completely gone, absolutely delicious!

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Zabaglione, a whole new take on a custard dessert for me! It was fantastically tasty, made from egg yolk, marsala wine, sugar and brandy and again, cooked right by the side of our table. Another favourite for all the girls!

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Dessert would not have been complete without the traditional Tiramisu of course, a classic creamy and coffee laced Italian dessert, it went down a treat with our party.

The final dessert was one that required a little more involvement from me, which I was more than happy to oblige!

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Don’t worry, the restaurant is still standing, I managed to not quite burn it down! It was so much fun to be able to make our own Crêpe Suzette, luckily the girls approved of my attempt too, god forbid I spoiled the perfect meal we’d just indulged in!

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Our little after dinner chocolates arrived and we prepared ourselves to actually get out of our chairs after such an amazing feast of food! We said an enormous thank you to Tino and his team also, the whole evening was incredible, if only we could do it every night!

I am well aware that La Capannina is considered expensive by many; however, you really need to appreciate it for what it is. You get an experience here, it’s so much more than just dining out. It’s packed with tradition, a warm welcome from an enigmatic team, a family atmosphere, unfailingly amazing food and the promise of an indulgent evening out. It is worth every single penny, I assure you.

Quite frankly, if my gushing praise and numerous pictures haven’t yet convinced you to go try it out, I’m not sure that anything will! Go on, treat yourself … make sure you save room for me though!

 

La Capannina, 65/67 Halkett Place, St Helier, Jersey Channel Islands JE2 4WG
Telephone: +44 (0)1534 734602

 

 

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