Because Valentine’s Day is in February, we thought we would review a romantic space. And truth told, we broke the magic rule: We let a restaurant know that we were coming. True, it was our own rule, but we decided to break it. You see, through one of those small-world connections, we know a cousin of
de-Novo Bistro & Bar Executive Chef Chuck Solt. Since we know that we love de-Novo and were going to rave about it anyway, we got in touch with Chef Chuck Solt ahead of time. Normally, we don’t say anything because we want to have a “regular diner’s experience.”
Then came the desserts – oh my. They almost looked too flawless to eat, but we always go that extra mile for our readers.
We are getting a little ahead of ourselves. Here’s the nutshell of de-Novo Bistro & Bar: If you haven’t been, you MUST. If you have but haven’t been for a while, check out their soon-to-be updated seasonal menu. If you’re a regular, then you clearly have great taste in restaurants and The Taste Buds applaud you.
(Pause for applause.)
Most people in Columbus who have been downtown know that City Center is no more and Columbus Commons has taken its place. Just to the west across South High Street is a retro-styled sign signaling de-Novo’s location. (It’s 201 S. High St., 43205 if you’re navigating.)
Once inside the door, you’re in for a truly rare dining treat! Whether you’re heading to the bar for a cocktail or are planning to dine, the décor surely sets the mood. It is tasteful, outdoorsy, chic, retro, yet modern. OK, so it’s really impossible to describe the place – yet another reason to add it to your “must visit” list.
Our dinners arrived at perfect temperature and with impeccable presentation. Each were shared and sampled by all. Pan Seared Pork Loin, Pan Seared Sea Bass, Seared Beef NY Strip (great portion!) and the Chorizo Burger were our selections. Then came the desserts – oh my. They almost looked too flawless to eat, but we always go that extra mile for our readers. So Créme Brülée, White Chocolate Bread Pudding and Godiva Dark Chocolate Terrine were shared by all. Again, moans from delighted taste buds all around.
Could we possibly give a restaurant a dozen thumbs up?! Actually, thanks to friends Luis and Cheryl (apparently, they’re Unofficial Taste Buds now after helping us three months in a row) plus foodie friends Jayme and Dixie, we all honestly do give de-Novo Bistro & Bar...(drumroll please)...12 thumbs up!