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Ambassador Minikes and McNees' at NoMi.




Park Hyatt Hotel,
North Michigan @ Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL

Website: http://www.nomirestaurant.com/
Cuisine: Contemporary French
Review: 18/20


Journal entries: Date, Atmosphere, Food, Winelist, Service, Other
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Duet of Beef - Petit Ribeye and Veal Cheek NoMi Chicago - Brittany Turbot
Aug 13, 2009  -

The atmosphere is bright, airy, modern, formal with high ceilings, a wall of glass overlooking the picturesque Water Tower Park park (above) on North Michigan Avenue (hence the name No Mi!).  Clubby and cosmopolitan - the seating the atrium area adjacent to the floor to ceiling windows is the place to be. Bench seating against the opposign side walls looks comfortable and cozy. The dining room is broad but somewhat shallow abutting the open kitchen.   
Atmosphere - 4.5/5

Food - Menu is French American with a selection of seafood, beef, lamb and veggie offering. Ala carte fare also offers some imaginative starter and salad selections. Of the starters, the Burgundy Truffle and Foie Gras Crème Brûlée was a bit strange perhaps overly elegant more than practical, but tasty; the Scallop Tarte with Manchego Sablé, Bell Pepper, Sauce Basquaise was spectacular.  The Peekytoe Crab with Yuzu Beet Gelée Avocado, Pickled Radish, Sunflower Seed was equally imaginative and elegant but very tasty as well. The Duet of Prime Beef, a Petite Ribeye, Braised Veal Cheek, Smoked Potato in natural jus was delicious and nicely presented in a relish bed. The smoked potato didn't do the rest of the rest of the entree justice. The Brittany Turbot was made complete by the Ragou of Artichoke Barigoule, Royal Trumpets, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Sauce Bonne Femme. The entree otherwise was underwhelming. Preparation and presentations were elegant, even artful albeit the portions are classic French in their diminutive size.  
Food - 4.25/5

Wine - This winelist and wine cellar are Best of Award Wine Spectator winners and well deserved. There is an impressive collection of classic cult selections, finest first growths all the way to a nice selection of quality estate bottled Californians at relatively reasonable prices (~$100). The winelist is more than 60 pages long featuring over a twelve hundred different wines from an astonishing inventory of over ten thousand bottles - some of which are in a classic stylish modern cellar in the ante-room adjacent to the lobby and the bar (see pictures). There is a nice broad and deep selection of California wines. There are representative selections from all the major reqions with an offering from top producers from Gaja to Grange to Harlan. There is an impressive extraordinary breadth and depth of French Bordeaux and Burgundy. The winelist offers a modest selection of moderately fairly priced wines with several nicely selected discoveries at reasonable value. There is also a nice selection of half bottles and wines by the glass. Seeking a bottle in the under $150 range I found a nice selection of several favorites and new discoveries from which to chose, Several I would have expected to be in that range were higher. The selection is extensive and generally prices are reasonable, however one can easily spend several thousands of dollars and the the median priced wine is probably over $300. See Wine Journal Review.
Wine - 4.75/5.

Wine sommelier and Servers were professional, friendly, patient, attentive, courteous and professional without being the least bit overbearing or hauty. 
Service - 4.5/5

Overall - NoMi was fun, relaxing, comfortable, elegant, fine-dining without being any bit pretentious - a worthwhile wine and dine experience.
Wine Dine Overall Experience - 18/20.

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