Even this unapologetic idealist was unable to foresee the reconciliation between fine dining and the shopping centre experience achieved by Capital Kitchen.
Trying to fit in amid its luxury surroundings including Burberry, Gucci and Tiffany and Co, Capital Kitchen is an escape from the exhaustion of trailing down the seemingly never ending corridors at Chadstone Shopping Centre.
Its brick walls and timber floors create a homely atmosphere and the wide array of indoor and outdoor seating including chairs and tables, couches and stools cater to the comforts of diners of all sorts. Its large space is put to efficient use with a sumptuous selection of homewares seizing on the remaining retail appetite of forthcoming diners.
If you're a first time diner, be aware that you need to select a table number before placing your order. Capital Kitchen would be well advised to place a sign advising diners of this fact given the countless occasions I have witnessed lined up diners having to scurry for a spare table after reaching the front counter.
The generous offering of items on the menu is enough to satisfy the fussiest of palates. I settle for my usual soy cappuccino which is reliably creamy and frothy and sample the latest delicious cupcake on offer. My personal favourite is the "chocolate cupcake with peanut caramel cream". Gluten free and vegan options are also available. Otherwise there are a large selection of savoury offerings including sandwiches, soups and salads. My personal favourite is the "pumpkin and pesto sandwich" which I've discovered is popular with carnivores and omnivores alike.
As satisfying as the food and drinks are, fine dining comes at a price. My soy cappuccino is $4.00 and my cupcake comes is $5.00 which is noticeably higher than their food court counterparts. This price becomes more problematic when you're confronted with apathetic servers who do not appear to be particularly pleased with your presence. Whatever the reason for their negative attitude, and it should be stressed that this involves a minority, it needs to be resolved.
If you want to avoid the frantic crowds that converge on Capital Kitchen, sneak in on Thursday and Friday nights when the doors close at 10.00pm and live jazz music is provided free of charge.
So if you're looking to escape the stale food courts that are staples of the shopping centre experience treat yourself with a little luxury courtesy of Capital Kitchen.
Why? Trying to fit in amid its luxury surroundings including Burberry, Gucci and Tiffany and Co, Capital Kitchen is an escape from the exhaustion of trailing down the seemingly never ending corridors at Chadstone Shopping Centre.