Posts Tagged ‘C-House’

Hungry Z, NBC5 Street Team

Here’s the recipe; take one part celebrity chef, throw in an outdoor lounge, a dash of contemporary style, and you get C-House by Chef Marcus Samuelsson. This is Chef Samuelsson’s first venture in Chicago, but that doesn’t mean he’s a newcomer. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, Samuelsson gained his passion for cooking from his grandmother at a young age. That passion led him to a very successful culinary career, including winning the James Beard award for best chef in New York City. 

What’s going to set C-House apart? Samuelsson proudly boasts of his extensive raw bar, ultra hip decor, and the C-Lounge were patrons will get get some amazing views of the city. 

Start your dining expereience with the fish tacos. Crisp tortilla shells are filled with yellow tail tuna and then topped with red cabbage, red onion, and a drizzle of creme fresh.

 A must try is the monkfish, glazed with a sweet and spicy relish. Dense and meaty in texture, the monkfish not only looks like a chop, but eats like one as well.

 Signiture side dish here is the chorizo mac and cheese. Creamy goats milk cheddar is kicked up a notch with spicy bits of chorizo running throughout. Definitely a must try.

 For dessert you can choose either the “candy bar”, in which you choose from 15 different types of house made confections, or you can order a single serving dessert of your own. Two quality options are the dense brown butter poundcake and the cinnamon toast ice cream sandwich. The ice cream sandwich has vanilla ice cream between thin layers of caramelized cinnamon and sugar.

 Overall “C-House” offers ultra hip decor, high quality food, for an upscale price. The restaurant seats only about 70 guests, so reservations will be a must.
166 E. Superior
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 523-0923

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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

Acclaimed chef Marcus Sammuelson’s new restaurant, C-House, has a lot to offer their diners.  Just their seafood options and the raw bar alone deems this new hot spot a must try.  Recently I had a chance to go behind the scenes to check out the cuisine, cocktails and the vibe.  I also got to hang out in the kitchen with their Executive Chef Seth Siegel-Gardner and pastry Chef Toni Roberts, as they showcased their respective signature dishes and desserts.

Located on the ground floor in the new Affinia Hotel (166 E. Superior St.), C-House is just a block away from Michigan Ave.   Sammuelson steps outside of the Scandanavian restaurants that he is so well known for and offers up a new model for the American seafood and chop house.  Check out C-House below on our new Fete Select TV segment.  Also visit www.efete.net to check out more new restaurants on Fete Select TV.  

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D.C. “Fete TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

I’m always looking forward to trying hot new restaurants in the city and Chicago always has a lot to choose from, especially this summer. Therefore over the past week I set out to try four new hot spots that have been generating a lot of buzz since opening. My criteria for deciding whether a restaurant is worthy of a repeat visit boils down to the cuisine, service, vibe, cocktails, cost, and location. For the most part the four dining venues hit the mark on food, but service was a bit sketchy for at least one of them.

My first stop during my week long dining crusade was Ajasteak. Located at 660 N. State St. (in the new Dana Hotel and Spa), they boast on offering the artful precision of Asian cuisine coupled with the robust flavors of a modern steak house. Basically they serve sushi and a very high grade of beef (Kobe). My wife and I had lunch there and were surprised to see the dining room nearly empty. The lunch menu however, provided an interesting choice of sandwiches, although a little pricey. I ordered the Pulled Pork Sandwich, which our server touted as his favorite, and the steak fries deemed the best ever. My wife chose the Seared Tuna Sandwich and a side of their heaping Onion Rings. We both shared a Maki roll to compare to our favorite sushi joints. The sandwiches were tasty; the service not so much. The steak fries were not even close to being the best ever. The sushi was decent, but nothing better than our more affordable BYOB sushi spot in Lakeview. Be prepared to open your wallet for an expensive and tasty meal, but the service may not coincide with the price.

My second stop was at OTOM, the sister restaurant to futuristic cuisine MOTO. OTOM Executive Chef Daryl Nash prepares post modern cuisine without being futuristic.  They pride themselves on having stress free and fun food and I have to say that we had a lot of fun trying his creations. Cuisine such as Carbonated Watermelon to cleanse the palate and Butter-poached Shrimp appetizer were big hits. I’m not a huge fan of tofu, but their tofu poached in olive oil, corn puree and topped with freeze dried corn was savory. The Chicken ala King with oyster mushrooms and the Fried Short Rib Ravioli entrees were spectacular. After the Coconut-Pineapple Paradise dessert we were sold. The cocktails and service were great and the ambiance was low key. This is a great place to relax and chill with a significant other or a group of friends. OTOM is located at 951 W. Fulton Market St.

C-House was recently opened by acclaimed Chef Marcus Sammuelson. Sammuelson, out of New York City, is the youngest chef to receive two 3 star reviews from the NY Times. C-House is an American Seafood and Chop House restaurant. I taped a segment of Fête Select TV there recently and had a chance to enjoy some of Executive Chef Seth Siegel-Gardner’s specialty dishes, including Chili Crusted Fluke, Yellow Tail Fish Tacos, and Chorizo Mac & Cheese. C-Bar, their raw bar, offers standard seafood favorites and allows guests to sit and view the preparation of their meal. Executive Pastry Chef Toni Roberts created The Candy Bar- variety of bite size chocolates, confections and cookies. C-View is their upscale lounge located on the 29th floor and I became a fan of their Honeysuckle specialty cocktail. C-House is a few blocks off Michigan Ave in the new Affinia Hotel (166 E. Superior St.)

The final destination on my parade route of restaurants was Hub 51. Owners R.J. and Jerrod Melman, sons of Richard Melman (Lettuce Entertain You), recently opened this 10,000 square foot space with a 20 ft bar. Hub 51 has definitely attracted a big crowd early and appears to be the new place to see and to be seen. The food is American cuisine with different influences from California, Mexico, Australia and Asia that includes homemade tacos, seafood, signature sandwiches and sushi. We had a Sweet Potato Roll, Chicken Nachos, Halibut Tacos, and the Sea Bass. The dishes were all very good, but the winner was the Sea Bass flavored with horseradish broth. My very pregnant wife couldn’t enjoy the Hub Punch, which is their specialty cocktail concoction of Grey Goose le Citron, tequila, Lcor 43, and pomegranate. The kicker for the evening was Martha’s Carrot Cake; RJ & Jerrod’s mother’s own carrot cake recipe. I’ll be back just for the carrot cake alone. Hub 51 is not a quiet place to have a romantic dinner, however it does offer a lively atmosphere with a bar scene that revs up as the evening grows. Check it out at 51 W. Hubbard St. (Corner of Dearborn and Hubbard).

Now that you have four new spots to try, drop me a line and let me know what you think at dc@efete.net.

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Hungry Z, NBC5 Street Team

Here’s the recipe; take one part celebrity chef, throw in an outdoor lounge, a dash of contemporary style, and you get C-House by Chef Marcus Samuelsson. This is Chef Samuelsson’s first venture in Chicago, but that doesn’t mean he’s a newcomer. Born in Ethiopia, Samuelsson gained his passion for cooking from his grandmother at a young age. That passion led him to a very successful culinary career in New York, including winning the James Beard award for best chef in New York City.

When asked what’s going to set C-House apart from the rest of the Chicago Culinary scene, Samuelsson proudly boasts of his exstensive raw bar and ultra hip decor. He is most proud of the C-Lounge located on the 29th floor of the contemporary Affinia hotel. He sampled Chicago cuisine extensively to ensure that his menu will stand out from the rest.

Last night featured a special preview of what’s to come from C-House. While the restaurant has been serving breakfast for a few weeks now, dinner won’t be officially available for another couple of weeks. Instead last night featured multiple hor d’ourves for guests to sample including mini burgers, scallop tar tar with caviar, fish tacos, ahi tuna, and more.

C-House is brimming with style. Pictured you’ll see the “communal” table where guests will get a chance to sample all the restaurants offerings while mingling with the other patrons. Looking for more style and some awesome views? Check out the C-Lounge, located on the 29th floor, and featuring amazing views of the city. Our foggy weather last night gave our city an almost Gotham look.

C-House and lounge are found inside the Affinia Chicago hotel, located at 166 E. Superior. The restaurant is expected to seat only about 70-80 guests, so reservations will be a must. If C-House can live up to the hype generated last night, then Chef Samuelsson looks to have a hit on his hands. 


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