Don’t be fooled by the name – in recent months Café des Capucins has grown from a café to a high quality restaurant that is sure to impress and have you raving about your meal for days after.
Some years ago, as a newcomer to Luxembourg, I found myself wandering about the city centre, and stopping in for an espresso as Café des Capucins. I remember being impressed with more than the strong coffee – the ambiance, the entire experience of something as simple as drinking a warm beverage seemed so much more sophisticated than at the Tim Hortons and Bridgeheads I had grown accustomed to in Canada. Since 2013, the scope of Café des Capucins has grown, and it has only become more sophisticated and impressive since expanding into a full restaurant. I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a complete culinary cabaret here, and my friends will attest that since that dinner I have become something of a Café des Capucins pusher.
Located in the heart of the centre, there is a courtyard that is home to a Parisian styled awning and terrace of wicker chairs. Café des Capucins was bustling with happy patrons, which I initially attributed to the uncharacteristically warm weather of that weekend, but soon realized it was due to the dining and drinking excellence the restaurant has to offer.
The evening special was a tapas starter, which started the meal off perfectly. Patatas bravas, delicious butternut squash soup with a crunchy Serrano ham topping, an Asian styled duck that was marinated and cooked to perfection, a slider with Iberian ham and shrimp battered in the tastiest medley all placed this starter in my top tapas experiences. The presentation and first bite alone demonstrated a dedication to culinary excellence, and I was not the least surprised when I learned that everything at Café des Capucins is homemade, including the syrups used in the cocktails. The drinks list is impressive and everything sounds delicious, but I would suggest the beautiful amber coloured concoction of whiskey and tequila – perfect for slow sipping throughout the evening, with a memorable smoky quality. The servers are knowledgeable and helpful, and will happily recommend the perfect wine to complement your meals, or port to punctuate your dessert.
Choosing from the menu proved more difficult, as everything sounds ambrosial. Ultimately, I decided on a fig entrée, which I did not regret. Caramelized apple, goat cheese and fig perfectly dressed on a bed of phyllo pastry does not get better than this Café des Capucins rendition. Tartare aficionados will be pleased to know there is a whole section of the menu devoted to these dishes, and they are made with the freshest ingredients, and gastronomic expertise.
I am somewhat fig obsessed, and stuck with this fruit theme, ordering a veal dish, served with mushrooms, figs and gnocchi. Every bite was a treat!
My husband raved about the duo of lamb in herb crust, and though not a fan of lamb, the dish was so herbaceous and beautifully presented even I was tempted to have a try. Somehow I was still able to order dessert, and I’m glad I did, as the moelleux au chocolat was the best I’d ever had. In fact, I’m quite sure this is what they serve in heaven.
Café des Capucins was the most impressive dining experiences I have enjoyed in Luxembourg.
The restaurant is lovely, with a very chic vibe, yet not pretentious in the slightest. Every drink and each dish is prepared with the utmost care – nothing is an afterthought. It’s guaranteed to impress any guest you bring with you! A long, slow dinner is the best way to enjoy what Café des Capucins has to offer, but you can come earlier to enjoy a plat du jour. The restaurant offers a fish, meat and vegetarian option and this menu changes weekly.
Café des Capucins has successfully evolved from a classy café, to a high quality restaurant, and it is continuing to grow. There are rumours of a weekly cinq à sept swirling about, so stay tuned to learn more in the new year. In the meantime, if you’ve got a guest or a date this holiday season that you’d like to impress, bring them to Café des Capucins for a truly memorable meal in the heart of Luxembourg.
Where: 1 Rue Beaumont, 1219 Luxembourg
When: Monday: 10:00 – 21:00, Tuesday: 9:00 – 23:00, Wednesday-Saturday: 9:00-1:00, Sunday: 11:00-20:00
Damage: from €40/person
Contact: +352 27 99 06 06
All photos: with approval from Café des Capucins