Opinion: Lumen Detroit warms up guests this winter with heated igloos

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Lauren Nemeh '20

Lumen's heated igloos allow for a unique and spirited Detroit experience.

Lauren Nemeh '20, Page Editor

Located in Detroit’s Beacon Park on Grand River Avenue, Lumen Detroit allows the city to get in the holiday spirit. This modern upscale American cuisine restaurant offers guests the chance to enjoy the winter scenery with its heated igloo bubbles.

Along with its unique seating, Lumen provides guests with a small carefully selected menu of appetizers and entrees. The menu is quite reasonable with appetizers ranging anywhere from $7-18 and meals priced from $15-40.

For my evening at Lumen, I decided to try a few of their appetizers. To start, I ordered the calamari and the farmers market bowl, which included hummus, tabbouleh, naan bread, local vegetables and olives. The Farmer’s market bowl was the perfect size to share with a few guests, without getting too full and still leave room for dinner.

After indulging in the delicious appetizers, I was eager to see what dinner would bring. For my dinner, I order the pan seared salmon, which included Israeli couscous, tomatoes, fennel, peas, lemon, herb oil. With Lumen’s great service, the dinner came in no time and I was able to quickly devour my meal. The salmon was cooked and seasoned perfectly. Paired with the salmon was the couscous, which offered a nice grain to the meal. The restaurant offered a good serving size, leaving guests not too hungry and not too stuffed. However, I would definitely recommend ordering some appetizers before the meal if any guests have a big appetite. Overall, I enjoyed the pan seared salmon plate and look forward to returning to Lumen to try the vegetarian bolognese, which features fettucini, tomato, basil, parmesan.

In addition to the wonderful food, Lumen’s service was excellent. The appetizers and plates came out shortly after ordering, the wait staff were very attentive, coming by often to refill drinks and check in on guests. This inviting and friendly atmosphere definitely made my experience at Lumen more enjoyable.

In the end, I would definitely return to Lumen Detroit due to their fresh, seasonal menu, welcoming atmosphere and fantastic service. I recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a delicious meal and fun upscale environment. Rating: 4.5/5