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Much Ado About NoMI

In a city that constantly pops up the hottest, hippest, and trendiest, it’s easy to forget how nice it is to sit back, relax and enjoy a traditional fine-ding experience like the one NoMI, the prestigious restaurant situated in Chicago’s Park Hyatt Hotel, brings.


What’s great about NoMI (stands for No-rth MI-chigan) is that they are fancy without the foo-foo. They are straightforward in everything they do; you won’t get a theatrical spiel about their menu, nor will you find them serving deconstructed this-or-that. What you will get, however, is refined service, luxury digs, delicious food – and of course, an amazing 7th floor view of Michigan Avenue.The entire floor, which houses the NoMI suite (Kitchen, Lounge, Garden, Spa), was renovated in the summer of 2012 with the concept: “everything centers around the kitchen.” That said, comfortable, approachable touches can be seen throughout. Even with the large floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking shoppers at Water Tower Place, the dining room screams warmth. While there isn’t a bad seat in the house, there’s no denying that the tables by the window come with a sense of wintertime magic, which is even more exemplified by snowflakes and holiday lights.The menu is a reflection of chef Ryan LaRoche, a former Executive Sous Chef of world-renowned culinary guru, Joel Robuchon. Food is prepared in a quiet, open kitchen and is creative, simple, and tasty. The menu is presented in an aromatic leather-bound book, and features everything from fresh sushi to short ribs. Servers are knowledgeable and happy to make suggestions or modifications at your request.

I personally enjoyed the Uni Toast to start, a seafood version of bruschetta which was delicate, unique, and flavorful. After that, I enjoyed the Diver Scallops which were cooked and seasoned to perfection. I also tried the short rib, which was flaky and tender, atop a pool of sweet potato puree.Wine offerings are good and plenty.

More than 500 labels exist in their cellar, along with a robust by-the-glass selection.

Guests who do not desire the full-fledged dining experience should head to NoMI Lounge (which you must pass through to get to the dining room), a happening hotel bar that serves small bites and cocktails.

NoMI is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week and reservations are accepted.

Emily Belden

Emily Belden

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