Last week, a few Windy City Blogger Collective members and I attended a blogger dinner at NoMi Garden, the Chicago Park Hyatt’s rooftop bar, and it was the BEST. First off, the view is incredible and the intimate space makes you feel like queen (or king) of the world. Located just off Chicago and Michigan, NoMi Garden is on the 7th floor patio and nestled sweetly between some incredible high rises. Second, the drinks are almost too pretty to drink—almost. And third, the sushi and sashimi are to-die-for.
When I first arrived, I started with the first cocktail available, Secondary Experience (Hangar 1 vodka, chareau aloe liqueur, watermelon, cucumber, agave, and lemon). I took three delightful sips of the Secondary Experience before realizing it contained watermelon, which I am pretty allergic to. David Samuel, the Director of Food and Beverage, was quick to replace my drink with the Mean and Mighty, a deliciously tropical cocktail topped with a beautiful purple flower and toasted coconut (Botran reserva rum, kalani coconut rum, creme de banane, angostura bitters, orgeat, and lime). But let me rewind, I loved the Secondary Experience. I was seriously contemplating whether or not it would be worth risking an allergic reaction for that drink. The mature adult in me finally won out and I decided the risk would be silly—I didn’t want to miss out on the dinner! If you are not allergic to watermelon, please have a Secondary Experience for me.
Let me move on to the dinner portion of the night. We had Rosé Sangria (Rosé wine, Citadelle gin, Grand Marnier, raspberry, lime, lavender syrup, and club soda) to eat with our dinner. They were garnished so beautifully with little flowers and bits of greenery. Every single blogger at the table took a million pictures of the sangria because they were just too pretty. And oh my word, the food. Executive Chef, Satoro Takeuchi, put together an amazing seasonal summer menu featuring some very fresh seafood dishes that we got to taste!
Salmon Tataki from NoMi Garden. Photo by Butter & Type. Ceviche from NoMi Garden. Photo by Butter & Type.
After finishing off a dish of Edamame, we moved on to Salmon Tataki and Ceviche which were my dream seafood starters. The fresh seafood starters were garnished with vibrant peppers and onions.
Our main dishes, the sushi, sashimi, and maki platters, were the stuff of dreams. I love sushi and sashimi. I was basically in heaven when these dishes came out. I mean, HOLY SASHIMI. I had a hard time editing these photos without Grubhub-ing some sushi. Sadly, that was a mistake on my part because the sushi I ordered was nowhere near as good as the sushi at NoMi Garden.
Moral of the story? Head to NoMi Garden to get a taste of their seasonal menu and take advantage of the beautiful Chicago weather! You will cry for days if you miss out.