This month's destination is a place your husband would've taken
you while you were dating in order to score some major points and
secure the top spot on your speed dial.
Jon and I visited the newly renovated NoMi Kitchen restaurant,
housed in the stunning Park Hyatt Hotel in downtown Chicago. A
special elevator zipped us directly to NoMi's tranquilly hip
entrance. The vibe is comfortably chic, a mix of NYC cool esthetic
and Midwestern sensibility. We were seated at what was clearly the
best table in the house
(as I came to find out later, there's a three-month wait list
for it)-an intimate perch in front of floor-to-ceiling windows,
with the majestic Water Tower illuminated directly in front of us
and the bustle of Michigan Avenue down below.
Then began a culinary experience that evoked more "oh my gosh,
this is insanely good"s than I've uttered in a very long time.
The sommelier cheerfully helped us pair our food orders with
just the right vino, and our delightful waiter directed us to some
of his favorite dishes.
We tried six-yes six!-appetizers, two of which our waiter threw
in because he said we "just HAD to try them," including mushroom
soup topped with goat cheese, yellow fin tuna "poke" with macadamia
nuts, foie gras with pickled blueberries and candied pecans, and
The flavors in Chef Ryan LaRoche's menu are incredibly creative
and pure bliss for the taste buds. We decided to share the skate
fish, which swam in a bowl of creamy sauce with roasted Brussel
sprouts and thin potatoes alongside.
Since there is always room for dessert, we split the warm
beignet with banana ice cream. Another "oh my gosh!" moment. Also
noteworthy is the long list of local farms LaRoche taps for the
freshest seasonal ingredients.
So if you're looking to "get lucky" this Valentine's Day, pick
up the phone, call NoMi and offer your firstborn for that table I
told you about.
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
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