Destination dining done right. We loaded up the car and drove the 125 miles from Warsaw, the home of the original Cerulean, to Indianapolis, the home of the new Cerulean in CityWay not far from Lucas Oil Stadium. Disclaimer: my brother works at the restaurant in Indy, so I had extra motivation to make the trip.
Inside, the restaurant has a great atmosphere with several distinct spaces that flow well from one to the next. We sat in the main dining room but “The Nest” will be a request on our next trip (no photo… you have to see it for yourself… very unique and eye catching!).
My brother, like the natives in far off lands, believes that if you take his picture, you will steal his soul with the camera. So… I was only able to sneak a shot of the logo he proudly wears.
They brought out Logan’s chicken from the kids menu as soon as it was ready. I love it when restaurants serve the youngsters first to keep them well behaved. As you can see from the photo, kids are foodies too. Logan’s take on being a restaurant critic: “I dipped two in the honey and one in the cranberry and I liked the honey better.”
Similar to Cerulean in Winona Lake, here you also order bento version of the midwestern “meat plus three” meal. I chose the beef pot roast, green beans, noodle salad, and brussels sprouts.
Yes, brussels sprouts. Those vegetables everyone talks about even though most have never even eaten one. Let me just say – I almost ordered more for dessert.
I will let the food speak for itself…
We had a party of 7 and all the food came out together with flawless presentation and service. Between the 7 of us, we ordered 4 of the 8 “main” dishes and 9 of the 11 “side” dishes. I already raved over the brussels sprouts above, and the roasted carrot soup also deserves some fanfare as well as a dish that elicited unexpected ooh’s and aah’s and mmm’s. My pot roast was more than fork tender and full of complex, rich flavors. For those of you that think chuck roast, packet of lipton french onion soup, and some chopped veggies in the crock pot when you hear pot roast… don’t let the name fool you. Filet mignon isn’t just a piece of steak and this dish isn’t just a roast. I highly recommend it when you visit.
After driving 125 miles, you eat dessert. Period. All three desserts have a wine pairing option, and I chose the ricotta cheese cake because it seemed the best match for a glass of wine. And, yes, it was after 5 o’clock somewhere. Again, between the 7 of us we tried all 3 desserts.
The “bomb” inspired the same reaction several times: “Oooh! There’s something in the middle!” You’d think the ladies were opening jewelry at Christmas, but it was the “chocolate mousse bomb” that made them say it. For my part, I thought the cheese cake and muscat were decadent and a perfect way to cap off a perfect foodie road trip.
We asked to see the dinner menu before we left. I almost sat at the table for four hours so I could eat dinner, too. Next trip, next trip. I loved the local touch on the last page of the menu giving credit to the farms and farmers that lovingly raise the food served so well at Cerulean.
So who is going with me for the dinner road trip???