While Chicago and Iceland may be far apart, a special series taking place next week is about to bridge the gap in delicious new ways. Taking place March 17 through March 20, Taste of Iceland is a food festival like no other, showcasing the country's cuisine at legendary Cité Restaurant via a special tasting menu.
The special Taste of Iceland menu is the handiwork of Icelandic chef Thrainn Freyr Vigfússon, head chef at Blue Lagoon's LAVA Restaurant. He's teaming up with Martial Noguier, chef of Bistronomic and consulting chef at Cité, in crafting a four-course prix fixe that puts Icelandic cuisine in the Chicago spotlight — paired with incredible lakefront city views from 70 floors up Lake Point Tower.
Taste of Iceland showcases premiere Icelandic ingredients, including imported proteins, which will be available as a $70 prix fixe during the festival dates.
The menu begins with torched Icelandic arctic char served with pickled cucumber, horseradish sauce, dill, char roe, söl, and Icelandic seaweed. Second course consists of wild caught Icelandic cod, which gets pan-fried and served with langoustine, sunchokes, apple, Icelandic rye bread, and langoustine sauce. Next is grilled loin of Icelandic free-range lamb with baked celeriac, dried grapes, roasted hazelnuts, and lamb jus. Last, Taste of Iceland finishes with ástarpungar — aka Icelandic doughnut balls — adjoined by skyr lemon ice cream, caramel chocolate mousse, salted caramel, and raspberries.
Reservations for the Taste of Iceland menu can be made through OpenTable or by calling 312-644-4050.
Lake Point Tower, 70th Floor
505 N. Lakeshore Drive
Photos: Cité Restaurant and chef Thrainn Freyr Vigfússon