I had noticed it was restaurant week here in Chicago while traversing the internet last week. I decided to make reservations somewhere but had no idea where to start choosing a restaurant.
I went to opentable.com, where they rank restaurants based on your city and different categories. Gejas Cafe was #1 in the romantic category and they had a reservation open so I grabbed it.
It was a short 5 minute cab ride from our apartment and we were pleasantly surprised by its cute exterior. The restaurant itself is in the basement of a building.
Now it is widely known that the Melting Pot is my favorite restaurant, and I felt slightly like I was cheating on my favorite fondue eatery but it had to be done. I went in with a completely open mind.
The interior was soo cute. The walls were lined with booths which had curtains you could pull closed for extra privacy, I suppose.
It was really dark in there and the only lighting was from candles, so please bear with the dim pictures.
We ordered off of the restaurant week menu. They gave us the option of the full menu, which was nice, and something you won’t find in many participants.
Hoagie ordered the beef tenderloin and chicken, and I went with the tenderloin and scallops. I only wanted a bite of the beef, and I figured Hoagie could have the rest.
For drinks, the restaurant was featuring several champagnes. I did the obvious and ordered the “champagne flight”, and they paired each course with a different type. Hoagie went with the house red, which he loved.
The cheese course came out right away with the salad. I was a huge fan of this, as they bring the salad after the cheese at the Melting Pot and it just seems kind of silly.
The salad was tasty, nothing too exciting.
The cheese was AH-MA-ZING. From the website: Imported Gruyère blended with white wine, Kirsch cherry brandy, and spices. For dipping: red and golden apple wedges, sweet grapes, French, pumpernickel and onion breads.
They brought out a perfect amount, and the dippers were so fresh. They included a lot of apples and grapes, which kept you from filling up on the bread.
After the cheese the entrees came out.
I loved the pile of fresh veggies and was actually obsessed with the EIGHT dipping sauces. I know the Melting Pot gives you a ton of sauces, but for some reason these were more impressive. I think it also helped that the table wasn’t extremely crowded and you could manuever around more easily.
Oh, and the pieces of meat were HUGE. Check out that piece of tenderloin:
The scallops were great as well. Everything was great. What was really great was we weren’t stuffed to the gills at this point. We had room for desert.
The chocolate fondue was a milk chocolate. Again, I loved the sides. They gave us mostly fresh fruit with just a few pieces of pound cake. And some marshmallows. Pineapples, cantaloupe, apples, bananas, strawberries…YUM.
Again, we were full when we left, but not STUFFED. The price was also extremely reasonable. Typically we can’t leave the Melting Pot without paying 200 dollars, but Gejas Cafe was around $120, and my champagne flight was $30 alone. We will be returning. The ambience, food, and service was perfect. Also, with the bill they gave us 5 cards you could fill out with your birthday, anniversary, engagement…. whatever special occasion you want and it’s date, and they will mail you a $25 gift card when it comes around. Hoagie cut me off after 3 cards, but come on you CANNOT beat that deal.
I will be returning to Gejas Cafe, we had a great time and it was the perfect way to celebrate one 1 year engagement anniversary.