I love fondue, so when a friend recommended a strictly fondue restaurant in Chicago I knew that I had to check it out. I called my cousins Brit and Trisha, and they quickly agreed to meet up with me at Geja’s Café.
When we arrived, we were led through a maze of smaller rooms to our table. Since the restaurant is located below street level, I felt like I was in a secret cavern. This, combined with the live flamenco guitarist and the mysterious lighting, created a very cool atmosphere and made me love Geja’s Café even before we ordered.
After looking over our menus, we each ordered the fondue dinner, which comes with four courses. The first course is the Geja’s salad, but if I were you I would skip it. You have to save room for the good stuff!
The second course is my favorite: cheese fondue! The melted cheese is amazing, and consists of Gruyere cheese blended with wine, brandy, and spices. It comes with apples, grapes, and three kinds of bread for dipping.
For the third course, you choose your meat and/or seafood. Shrimp is one of my favorite foods to fondue, so I chose that with chicken. You can also pick combinations of beef, lobster, scallops, and tofu.
Brit and Trisha also chose shrimp and chicken, and our selections arrived together on a plate filled with fresh vegetables and eight different dipping sauces. We had a great time recommending different sauces to each other, and became quite the fondue sommeliers!
After we stuffed ourselves on chicken, shrimp, and veggies, the dessert round arrived. Get ready: the fourth course is the chocolate course!
When it arrived, the waitress asked us if we liked s’mores. Intrigued, we allowed her to skewer a marshmallow for each of us, and were shocked when she proceeded to light our chocolate on fire! We had a blast toasting (well, who am I kidding, burning) our marshmallows. After they were done, we dipped the marshmallows in the melted chocolate, and sprinkled graham cracker crumbs on top. It was such a clever way to make s’mores, I loved it!
After we finished our s’mores (and the fire died down) we dug into the dessert course. We took turns dipping strawberries, apples, bananas, pineapple, and pound cake into the melted chocolate.
In fact, I was so caught up in the dessert that I forgot to take a picture of the tray until we had already dug in!
After spending a few hours there laughing with Brit and Trisha, Geja’s Café is now one of my favorite restaurants. The service is top notch, and fondue adds an element of fun to any dinner. It’s great for celebrating a special occasion, and is also a perfect place to take a date.
You can find more information on Geja’s Café, as well as make a reservation, here.
Save some chocolate for me!