Good Food Guide - - Hawke’s Bay -

The kind of place you rec­om­mend to out-of-town­ers on a Tues­day night and drop into your­self for din­ner on a Fri­day, Capi­tol is a cap­i­tal stal­wart that’s al­ways busy, buzzy and fun. Its Mediterranean-lean­ing bistro menu de­liv­ers hearty, wellex­e­cuted dishes that work well with the thought­ful wine list – think taglialini with a richly savoury rab­bit ragu or grilled beef with white bean puree and an­chovy but­ter. The checker­board floor, tightly packed wooden chairs and ta­bles and contented hum of con­ver­sa­tion mean it can get noisy, but that’s also part of the charm. And its plum po­si­tion – a cor­ner site un­der the Em­bassy The­atre with views across Courte­nay Place – mean you feel very much a part of the city. The week­end brunch is also an ex­cel­lent propo­si­tion. 10 Kent Tce, Mt Vic­to­ria, ph: 04-383 28555, capi­tol­restau­ Brunch Sat-sun, lunch & din­ner 7 days; mains $26.50-$38 IN BRIEF Smart and sassy city bistro

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