I am just going to cut to the chase here. I LOVE the new Capital Jazz Club and Tapas Bar in downtown Regina. Love, love, love!

David and I have been dying to go to this place for a while, and chose a Friday night when the Big Valley Jamboree and a Rider game were on, thinking we had a better shot at a seat at 6 p.m. We were right! We got the last seat in the place, basically by ourselves in a little alcove by the front window.

The moment we arrived, we really loved the decor and the old time jazz music. It really sets a great mood and we loved the ambience. I hear live bands come in to play jazz on Saturday night’s. I think that would be great fun!

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The menu is small, but original and with lots of great options to choose from. A great deal of care is taken on the cocktail menu, with specialty drinks featured (they make their own worcestershire sauce for Caesar’s and their own olive brine for dirty martini’s for example). David chose a sazerac and then an old fashioned (he preferred the old fashioned). I really loved my dirty vodka martini – the homemade olive brine was so smooth and the drink was perfectly chilled.

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Now, on to the menu! David and I love Tapas and sharing small plates. It is always a lot of fun to test and try new things, and this menu is really reasonably priced, allowing you to try several things (without breaking the bank). We reminisced about our honeymoon in Barcelona all throughout this meal – and were so impressed with the service by our waiter and by the quality of each of the dishes that came our way. An excellent Tapas experience!

We started by choosing three plates, figuring if we were still hungry for more, we could order more later on (which we eventually did). Our first plate was the Four Mushroom Toast, and turned out to be probably our favourite dish of the entire night. The mushroom flavour was bold and salty and perfect, highlighted with Emma cheese.

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We also liked the cod cakes – light and fluffy inside, and beautifully seared on the outside. It was slightly bland, but the remoulade sauce really punched it up!

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Our final dish of the “first round” was the Paella. This was probably the prettiest presentation of the night – a small pan of steamed shrimp, squid, cod and mussels, with saffron rice topped with a roasted chicken leg. It was really smooth and lovely, but reminded me more of a risotto than a bolder paella flavour. We still enjoyed it a great deal!

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As we started our meal, I turned to wine and David recommended I try the Australian Yalumba Grenache – because Grenache is a spanish wine and should go well with Tapas. It’s so good that I have already visited the liquor store and bought our own bottle for home!

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The second round of small plates we chose was equally delicious.The Veal Saltimbocca was a real revelation! It was a wonderfully salty and deep flavour of veal, olives, roma tomatoes and basil pesto, with a great little prosciutto crisp. It may not be the prettiest dish of all, but we both agreed we could have eaten double! We also chose the lobster roll and loved the gooey cheese and delicious bread!

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We were on such a roll, that we even went for dessert! The Peppered Strawberries were a nice light end to the meal, with incredibly tasty fresh strawberries sautéed in brandy butter with Madagascar peppercorns and french vanilla ice cream! YUM! A wonderful end to a wonderful meal.

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Did I mention I LOVED the Capital?? David and I are already huge fans and can’t wait to go back again, and again. It’s got a real big city feel, that I am so happy has found a home in Regina!

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