Grand Lux Cafe has always been known for its amazing desserts like this one. And while it would be a disappointment to forgo dessert – it’s nice to actually enjoy a good meal with your significant other after shopping on Michigan Avenue.
The 200 item menu at Grand Lux Cafe offers classic American dishes and international favorites, including appetizers, pasta, seafood, steaks, chicken, burgers, salads, specialty items and desserts. And while the food – the real food is quite tasty – what’s especially nice about this restaurant is that on top of offering fine cuisine, it also has an onsite bakery for delicious desserts, and my favorite – their cappuccinos.
It’s hard enough to figure out what to wear on a dinner date, let alone digest this extensive menu so I sampled the menu on an actual date and am here to report back what to order on a dinner date to Grand Lux Cafe in Chicago.
Grand Lux is pretty amazing for their cocktails alone. It’s beautiful inside and it almost seems like just grabbing a cocktail here would be a waste because the food is so good. But, there are some really good cocktails on the menu. If you’re ordering a main dish – I would go with the champagne or a glass of wine – it just pairs better. I had the Laurent-Perrier, Brut, France champagne, which is drier and comes in a cute mini bottle.
But, when you’re having apps, I would order the Passion in Paradise. It’s a rum drink with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Pineapple, Passion Fruit and Fresh Lemon. It’s tropical, it’s big, and it’s strong and seriously refreshing.
The Appetizers and Salad:
You quite honestly don’t want to miss the appetizers. The portion sizes of the main dishes are quite large, but when you’re staying for a while, treat yourself to one of restaurant-goers favorites – the Buffalo Chicken Rolls. I know! I was skeptical because it seems like an Asian twist on sports food – and it was – but it was really good. The Buffalo Chicken Rolls have Chicken Breast, Cheese and Our Very Spicy Delicious Buffalo Sauce all Rolled in a Spiced Wrapper and Fried until Crisp. Served with Celery Sticks and Blue Cheese Dressing (which you can swap for Ranch).
Another appetizer that I wanted to try was the Ahi Ceviche which has Fresh Raw Ahi Tuna Diced and Marinated in Lime Juice, Chiles and Cilantro. Tossed with Avocado, Tomato, Onion and Cucumber. But of course, we only have one stomach. So, I tried my date’s Pot Roast Cheese Fries, which basically pot roast flavored fries. It’s French Fries Topped with Chunks of Tender Pot Roast Smothered with Gravy and Creamy Cheddar Cheese Sauce.
The Main Dish:
Finally, after atleast one cocktail, and some delicious buffalo chicken and a zesy salad, it’s time to enjoy salmon. When I use to think of Grand Lux, I thought of them as pasta and desserts, but now since I’m trying to eat healthier, and they really do a great job with their sauces, I order their salmon. There are three salmon dishes on the menu and they are not created equal.
I think the Cedar Plank BBQ salmon was nicely flavored and the side of mashed potatoes are amazing. It is roasted on a Cedar Plank and Glazed with Sweet and Spicy B.B.Q. Sauce. Served with Mashed Potatoes, Corn Succatash and Crispy Onion Rings.
Then, there’s the salmon three ways – Soy Glazed with Shiitake Mushrooms, Horseradish Crusted with Asparagus and Almond Ginger with Green Beans and Beurre Blanc. Some of the salmon was a bit dry for my liking. But, I will say the horseradish crusted with asparagus and almond ginger was a great blend.
The best part of the meal is dessert! I liked the Warm Sticky Bun Bread Pudding. The Sticky Bun’s crunch and the sweet caramel drizzle are completed with a side of whip cream, which both complements and cools the dessert and you can get the recipe here.
But, I went with the Godiva chocolate cheesecake and paired it with their cappuccino. I’m seriously obsessed with the cappuccino’s here. They are the best because they do have an onsite bakery and coffee shop. This cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts in the city. It was rich. It was creamy. It’s also huge, so you can split it with your date or a group of friends or take some home like I did.
Overall, I really enjoyed my dinner at Grand Lux Cafe. I think that the service was impeccable, especially because we had Oscar who recommended several appetizers and my favorite drink. But I also like Grand Lux because in a city you can feel so rushed and the establishments can be so small, but here I felt like I could have a conversation (which we did for three hours) and get to know someone.