Sky Lounge, one of Ottawa 2017′s signature events, is an exclusive culinary flight of fancy. With both a cocktail and a dinner option, attendees can enjoy fine dining prepared by Chef Stephen La Salle and his team from Andaz’s Feast+Revel restaurant as you float 150 feet above Ottawa, suspended by a crane parked at City Hall. Apt613 took to the sky above Ottawa Saturday night as a guest of Ottawa Tourism for the dinner service. What an experience!
Your dining adventure begins with a drink in the welcome lounge as you wait your turn. Not only does this give you an opportunity to enjoy up close the view of Sky Lounge floating gracefully 150 feet into the air, it’s a nice place to calm some pre-lift off jitters should you have them. Afraid of heights? Don’t let that deter you. The view is incredible, well worth the journey up, and for your safety you are securely strapped into a Formula One racing seat. No worries!
The lovely three-course dinner meal represents Canadian favourites with Chef La Salle’s unique spin. On Saturday we dined on Arctic char on Montreal style bagel crisps, a delicious braised beef poutine, and finished with a maple scented butter tart. Exquisite! Canadian wine was served throughout the meal as the team of four efficiently plated dishes high in the sky. The music paused to allow Chef La Salle to explain each dish, but the good times carried on throughout.
The view, as you might expect, is breathtaking. Looking north, diners can see Parliament’s Peace Tower, the Rideau Canal, the Chateau Laurier and the Shaw Centre. We experienced a bird’s eye view of National Defence’s headquarters to the east and the buildings of Centretown to the south. Sky Lounge seats 22 with everyone sitting in a square, facing in. The seats swivel allowing enough movement to enjoy a full view of all the sights while providing fantastic opportunities for taking some once in a lifetime photos.
Upon return to the ground, everyone was given a drink ticket to enjoy a Beau’s or a cocktail by Top Shelf Distillers in the lounge. The lounge is lovely and provides a great place to relax and chat with friends about the incredible experience you have just had.
Ottawa 2017 has many great offerings and I believe this to be truly one of the best. Tickets are still available but going quickly. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in this signature event!
Sky Lounge takes its last flight at Ottawa City Hall on July 22 so if you’ve been considering it, act fast as limited tickets remain. Tickets can be purchased online. Guests must be 16 years or older to attend. Only those over 19 will be served alcohol.