21.6.16

Cité


Last Sunday evening, I surprised R with a reservation at Citè Restaurant to celebrate his birthday. All I told him was that it was at an upscale restaurant and hinted that we had biked by the restaurant earlier that day (read about our day here). Our Lyft driver dropped us off at Lake Point Tower, just a block away from Navy Pier and the only skyscraper built east of Lake Shore Drive. A little known fact about the tower is that on the top floor there is an elegant dining experience with a panoramic view of Chicago and Lake Michigan.


As the elevator doors opened on the 70th floor, we were greeted by a hostess who showed us our table. We were one of the first ones there and after biking around Chicago all day R and I were ready to see the menu.  We were seated sitting next to each other with a full view of downtown Chicago to the west and Lake Shore Drive to the North. It took us a few seconds to take in the Chicago skyline before our waiter Santos brought us our menus.


After spending all day in the sun, we were feeling summery and so I ordered the Passion Fruit Mojito, a mix of cane rum, mint, lime, and passion fruit puree. R chose the Sangria Margarita, a mix of Anejo Tequila, Cointreau, Citrus, Hibiscus and fruit infused syrup. Both drinks were full of tropical flavors and the perfect way to begin our three course meal. 

(Deviled Maine Lobster)
 Craving seafood I wanted to try the Deviled Maine Lobster – deviled eggs filled with lobster, caper berry, lemon crème fraiche mayonnaise layered on pumpernickel croutons. R chose the Ahi Tuna Tartare – topped with a seaweed salad, Tobiko caviar and topped with a lime ginger vinaigrette. Both dishes satisfied our love for seafood.

(Ahi Tuna Tartare)
The sun began to set slowly between the skyscrapers as our main courses arrived. R was served the seafood special of the day – seafood risotto with shrimp and scallions. I selected the rack of lamb – with roasted celery root, hydrated grapes and thyme reduction. We took our time enjoying each delectable bite of Chef Oscar Ornela’s creations.

(Seafood Risotto)
(Rack of Lamb)
 As we slowly finished our main courses we realized we may miss the end of the sunset. We took our time ordering dessert and while we waited I sipped on an Italian espresso. Our first two courses were brought to our table in a timely manner but as the restaurant started to fill with people the service started to dwindle. It wasn’t until the sun set, an hour after we had finished our main course, that we were served our dessert – banana flambé, a specialty dessert that is prepared in front of you. Because we waited patiently Santos brought us two glasses of complimentary champagne.


(Our banana flambe being prepared)

The long wait for our dessert ending up creating a perfect evening as we enjoyed each other’s company and watched the sun set before us. Cité was an incredible dining experience, from the stunning view of the Chicago skyline to the exquisite dishes. But it is good to keep in mind to come for your first courses early and enjoy the long wait for your dessert.

x the Adventurer

52 comments:

  1. Wow! Everything looks so gourmet. I could go for some banana flambé right now. :]

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    1. The dishes were so well prepared! I'm sure you would have loved the banana flambe =o)

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  2. Aww how sweet!! The food looks delicious, now I'm hungryyyy :D

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    1. Thank you =o) It was a really lovely evening =o)

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  3. It looks amazing! The view and food are perfect!

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    1. We couldn't have asked for a better evening =o) Thank you!

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  4. The food looks great

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  5. Gorgeous clicks...great post dear...xoxo, Neha

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  6. wow that looks amazing! and what a perfect view with that decadent dinner!

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    1. Thank you! It was such a perfect evening =o)

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  7. Looks so fab! I'd love to try this spot one day if I'm ever in the area! The dessert is just to die!

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    1. I hope you do! It's a great way to enjoy the Chicago skyline =o)

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  8. This is just absolutely fabulous!

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    1. Thank you! I am sure you would love dining there =o)

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  9. I have messaged you this, but I can't help but do it again. Your blog is very inspiring, and your writing is absolutely amazing! Keep up the amazing work!

    Grace
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    1. Aw thank you! This means so much and I am glad you enjoy my blog =o)

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  10. I would have enjoyed this experience! The views, the food, everything.

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    1. I am sure you would since I always adore your food posts! =o)

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  11. this looks great!! :)

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  12. Everything looks so yummi!

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    1. it really was! I loved our time watching the sunset =o)

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  13. This restaurant makes me think of the Signature/95th at John Hancock. Great view in a very nice, upscale atmosphere. Happy Birthday to your guy!! That banana flambe looks SO delicious and was probably the perfect bday treat (cake aside :o)!!



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    1. I almost made a reservation there! I've been to the bar on the 95th floor and loved the views too =o) The banana flambe was definitely worth the wait =o) Thanks for checking out my blog =o)

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  14. Wow! Amazing inspirations

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  15. Wow, everything looks so divine. I know you must have had such a great time!
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    1. It was like an evening from a movie =o) we really enjoyed ourselves =o) Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. everything was so fun to try! thanks for checking out my blog =o)

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous - the food looks so yummy! :)

    Layla xx

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    1. thanks! the flavors were so fun to try =o)

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    1. it was! thanks for checking out my blog =o)

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  19. That food and the view! Wow! x

    Have a nice weekend,
    Andreea
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    1. stunning right?!? definitely recommend the place =o)

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    1. thank you =o) glad you enjoyed the post!

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  21. Oh man. That lamb looks SO delicious!! Such a fancy night out, looks devine :)

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    1. the lamb was so amazing! it was a definitely a lovely evening out in chicago =o)

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  22. everything is so delicious

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    1. Everything on the menu looked so good it was hard to choose =o)

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  23. Like the first photo :)
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    1. Thank you! It was a picturesque view =o)

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  24. It looks so amazing! x

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    1. It was! Thanks for checking out my blog =o)

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    1. it really was! Thanks for checking out my blog =o)

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  26. This looks like an incredible dining experience, and the dessert looks spectacular!

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    1. Thank you! It was an evening to remember =o)

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x the Adventurer