The literal translation of Nozumi is “wish”. Their wish is to take you on a journey of the five senses while exploring their Japanese cuisine. Nozumi’s culinary team consists of world travelers that give their own interpretation of the menu items, therefore they soar above the traditional approach to sushi. Nozumi is all about sharing and Executive Chef Andy Park created the menu with that in mind. Even the Nozumi Menu Box – a collection of five books, or menus, are meant to be shared. This new approach is distinctly separated into a beverage menu, plates menu, sushi menu, sweets and treats menu, and a chefs daily special menu. I had numerous favorites out the fourteen dishes that were shared, but the following were at the top of the list.
Scallop Ebisu – seared scallops, saffron cream couscous, asparagus, tomato confit, soy balsamic reduction.
Shinju Crab Cake – Shiso remoulade, scallop puree, sawgani, haricort vert, shitake vinaigrette.
Chef’s Special Signature Roll – Roasted pepper seasoned spicy tuna, cucumber wrapped in nori topped with Japanese sea bream in ponzu sauce.Nozumi doesn’t only serve sushi, but meat and pasta dishes. Don’t leave the table without trying their tender Taiyou Short Ribs. The Kobe Steak melts in your mouth and the Togarashi Mauro Penne Pasta has a sun-dried tomato cream sauce and big eye tuna combination that will have you biting your fork. Dessert is a must with the Shokura Dream chocolate layered cake and the Natsuki Apple Brulee.
Nozumi is simple yet stylish. The sushi bar area is upbeat and vibrant, but a separate dining area appears to be more relaxed and chilled. The bar area is roomy enough to enjoy a cocktail and an entree without being too crowded. Owner Fred Hong was certain to hire a staff that was knowledgeable about their cuisine and serious about their service.
Yes, Nozumi appears to have had their wish fulfilled, but the true test will come from the wish of their customers. Nozumi is located at 100 W. Higgins Road in South Barrington. For more information log onto www.nozumirestaurant.com. Also check out www.efete.net and Fete Select TV for an inside look at the newest and hottest restaurants in Chicago.