Capitol Restaurant has long been a bastion of the bistro scene in Wellington. It's a small dining room, intimate but social and yet still cozy and private. Owner and Chef Tom Hutchison, along with his wife Kate, are those sort of folk with such a laid-back, kind nature that it makes you want to dine at their joint whatever is being served. The good news is, the food is consistently utterly delicious.

Based on Italian cuisine, the Capitol menu is staunchly seasonal with a concerted effort towards supporting local suppliers. On the restaurant website, the food is described as 'uncluttered' and that resonates for us here at Huia Vineyards. We're pretty big on letting the natural ingredients speak for themselves so you can see why the place appeals to us.

The Huia Blanc de Blancs 2010 is currently poured at Capitol and when we spoke to Tom about what dish would match the wine but that most people wouldn't think of, we agreed on dessert. 

One thing that we love right now is having a palate-refreshing glass of Methode at the end of a meal - especially if we've indulged in a degustation. There's something so refreshing about that fizzy acidity and it leaves you feeling invigorated.

Being 100% Chardonnay and factoring in the type of vintage we had in 2010, the characteristics of our Blanc de Blancs 2010 spoke well to matching something a little bit sweet, a little bit fruity but with nice little kick of acidity. So, we asked Tom for a serving of lemon Mascarpone mousse with pistachio praline.  He kindly complied and these are the pictures that tell the story. 

The following is a short recipe for this amazing little dessert.

Lemon Mascarpone Mousse with Pistachio Praline. 

Step One - Call 04 384 2855 and book at table. 
Step Two - Order an Uber ride so you can indulge in more than one glass of Huia!
Step Three - Arrive at Capitol Restaurant. 
Step Four - Order a bottle of Huia Blanc de Blancs 2010 and a serving of Lemon Mascarpone Mousse. 
Step Five - Eat. Drink. Enjoy. 


PH 04 384 2855 // Open Brunch, Lunch & Dinner but check the website for the daily timetable.  and on Instagram @capitolrestaurant_nz