10 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28401
We've eaten at Caprice Bistro before, and it was quite good. But the last time we ate there, I was a little fuzzy on what we'd had and such, so I didn't post about it. We ate there again this past Saturday night, and I paid a little closer attention.
The owners of Caprice had opened Zooi Bistro out at the Forum, which we'd eaten at several times and loved. Unfortunately, they did close it, and focused their attention back on Caprice, downtown, which has been successful for years. For good reason. It's a pleasant, intimate space, with a crack wait staff, a good wine list, and an excellent menu.
We met a friend of ours there for dinner. Because of the season, the specials were "Oktoberfest" oriented. There was a rabbit braise, which I had, a charcutrie plate that was actually kind of a German Sausage plate, that our friend, Derek had. Phillip opted for a "lighter" dinner of a cheese plate, French Onion Soup, and the Tapas Plate, which wound up probably being more food than Derek and I had with our entrees.
The sausage on Derek's plate was delicious, from the taste that I had. It tasted homemade, and probably was. My rabbit was very rich, and I didn't manage to finish it, but leftovers are always welcome. Phillip's soup was up there with my top French Onion Soups - it wasn't too rich - light and brothy, but with a sweet caramlized onion flavor, and plenty of crouton without being too much, and good quality cheese on top. The cheeses on his cheese plate order were a good representative sample of mild, soft, sharp and hard.
Our waiter was point-on. Never obtrusive, but always at your elbow when you even thought you might need him. He was knowledgeable about the food and wine, helpful when placing our orders, and attentive without intruding.
The evening was lovely, and we owe Derek big time for it. Thanks, Derek!