Midwest Living Review
We'd read online that Cumin was an Indian restaurant, so when we arrived at the cute little strip-mall-like building in Hyde Park, we were surprised. Opened in 2006, Cumin feels fresh and current, with a contemporary dining room drawing patrons of all ages and a menu that changes with the seasons. You'll definitely find Indian influences, including lovely butter chicken bathed in a mild, creamy tomato sauce and served with basmati rice ($20). But you'll also find a chicken osso bucco appetizer served with chorizo and feta ($14), plus a dry-aged burger topped with foie gras and lobster aioli ($24). Our advice: Don't worry about where the cuisine comes from. Just enjoy it. The servers are pros. They know a lot about cooking and wine and can talk easily about ingredients in the dishes. The na'an bread is worth the $4 you'll spend to get it, and you should, if only to dip it in the seasonal soup of the day (our creamy parsnip left us craving more). We actually split an entree, because they are so big, and saved room for the root beer float dessert, which comes served with warm chocolate chip cookies. Brewed in Ohio, the root beer is outstanding, and the overall combo is completely decadent. Other options include brown butter carrot cake, grapefruit shortcake and a seasonal creme brulee (all are $7.50 each). Cumin is open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays and for brunch on Sundays. Reservations are a good idea because the place fills up fast (and gets a little noisy when it does).