Fresh wasabi is something I don’t see often in Chicago. Roka Akor was a lovely recent dinner where I had it. I was looking for more sushi spots that have fresh wasabi and are open for lunch, which is also hard to find. I saw that NoMI Kitchen had fresh wasabi so I decided to give it them a try.

The space at NoMI is light, airy and elegant and the views can’t be beat. The service was friendly and relaxed. Ed Sura (formerly of Perennial Virant and Graham Elliot) took over as Executive Chef in the summer of 2016. Pastry chef George Mosko (formerly of North Pond, Bouchon and French Laundry) has been at NoMI since 2015.

We ended up trying not only sushi but a few items from the lunch menu. Once I went through my photos, I realized we really had two lunches in one sitting. I’m glad I can always count on my dining partner in crime, Beth L, who is always happy to partake in ordering triple than what we had originally planned.

NoMI Kitchen

NoMI Kitchen
Lunch with a view
View of Chicago Water Tower from the table
View of Chicago Water Tower from our table
Dale Chiluly lighting at NoMI
Dale Chiluly lighting at NoMI

Sushi Lunch

Sushi at NoMI
Sushi at NoMI
Fresh wasabi at NoMI
Fresh wasabi at NoMI
Fresh wasabi at NoMI
Fresh wasabi at NoMI
Maki at NoMI
Maki at NoMI
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Uni ($10) | Crunchy Spicy Tuna, big eye tuna, shiso panko, togarashi ($21) | Nomi Futomaki, shrimp tempura, salmon, avocado, masago, eel sauce ($22)

[1 of 2] Fresh wasabi and impeccable sushi NoMI Kitchen | Chicago | 02/16/17 #loustejskal_nomikitchen

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Lunch #2

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Smoked Salmon Beignets, ‘everything spice’, crème fraîche pickled red onion ($14)
Avocado, Cucumber, Cherry Tomato, Shallot Lemon Dressing ($5)
Avocado, Cucumber, Cherry Tomato, Shallot Lemon Dressing ($5)
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Smoked Chicken Risotto, crispy mushrooms, aged white cheddar, chicken jus ($26. half-portion shown)
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Key Lime Mousse, graham cracker financier cake, coconut gel, vanilla poached pineapple, black pepper meringues, mint ($10)
Mignardises at NoMI Kitchen
Mignardises at NoMI Kitchen

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