Looking for fusion cuisine in Columbus? de|NOVO Bistro & Bar specializes in New-American style cuisine that is infused with Asian, Latin, French and Italian touches, located in the heart of downtown Columbus with a view of the Columbus Commons.
Disclosure: Our food was complimentary. Opinions and photos are our own.
Upon entering de|NOVO the first thing you will notice is classy modern-art decor that is truly unique. Some might call it a baroque, Stevie Nicks aesthetic. Whatever it is, you can thank the owner Yvonne Sarber who is also the interior designer for all the eye-gasms before even seeing a menu. All of the paintings are from local artist, Colleen Scott. It’s clear from the start that Yvonne is a visionary and made her dream come true in this restaurant.
After admiring the decor, we were presented with foodgasms in many forms. Just like the decor, Yvonne hand picks all the food resulting in a cohesive experience. But it was Chef Adam Clark who presented the dishes for our enjoyment. (Including an apple-swan.)
The Ahi tuna cups are presented in crispy wonton cups with an avocado puree, shallots, capers, and a sriracha aioli. These poppable bites were gone in a flash.
A crowd favorite was the short rib sliders. The short ribs are slow braised in root beer and topped with an apple slaw and a five pepper aioli. It came as no surprise when he told us it is their biggest seller. If ordered as an entree it is served with whipped potatoes, crispy shallots, and glazed carrots. That’s the kind of comfort food we need this time of year!
Another big seller is their crispy Brussels which are deep fried. Deep fried Brussels sprouts guys! If you thought they were good roasted, just wait until you try them fried and topped with creamy Dijon aioli, shaved Parmesan cheese, and sliced toasted almonds.
One of their newer menu items is the pistachio infused watermelon. The watermelon is literally infused with pistachio syrup and topped with whipped herbed goat cheese, fresh mint, black peppercorns, and a balsamic reduction drizzle. Seriously, is there anything balsamic drizzle is not good on?
Looking for something a little more familiar? Their hierloom tomato bruschetta might be the best around served on a toasted baguette and topped with diced red onion, basil, fresh mozzarella, and of course balsamic drizzle.
All of the blood, sweat, and tears that were poured into de|NOVO clearly shows from the decor to the food. They make their own ginger beer which is used to make the short ribs, their shrubs and syrups are house made for their delicious cocktails, the tomato sauces for the pasta and fish are made to order, and the list goes on.
Speaking of cocktails, their happy hour is substantial running Monday-Friday from 3-7pm featuring $2 off all draft, bottle, and can beer, $2 off all wine pours, $5 mules, and special small plate pricing including the crispy Brussels and short rib slides as well as several other options. And while you’re there, check out the view as it’s the perfect spot for anything going on in the Columbus Commons.
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Blog Post & Photos by:
Erin, The Spiffy Cookie