Intricate notes emanating from a nearby piano. Steam rising off a teacup as it sits on a delicate saucer. Signs of old-world elegance permeate every corner of Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe, and owners Anand and Doris Saha wouldn't have it any other way. The European-trained couple have been slinging their famed sugary delicacies in the Columbus area for more than 20 years, after honing their skills in some of Europe's best restaurants and hotels.
However, even their most frequent diners will be astounded by their new, expanded location in a formerly abandoned Beechwold restaurant. While guests still get to enjoy more than 80 European delicacies?some of which helped earned Columbus Monthly's Best Dessert in Best of Columbus 2014?they can now do so on a patio or in one of many rooms stocked with the aforementioned pianos. And even the menu has gotten a slight makeover, with an extensive breakfast selection of savory strudels, quiches, and omelets as well as lunch and dinner entrees including angus burgers, authentic schnitzel, beef stroganoff, and chicken paprikash. The Columbus Dispatch praised the latter for its "excellent sauce of sweet paprika, cream and chicken stock that tastes house-made."
But as proud as the Sahas are of their elegant, continental cuisine, they take just as much pride in helping the community. They were recently honored with the first Columbus Small Business Community Heroes Award from Direct Energy for their fund-raising contributions. The funds have gone toward aiding many different parts of the community, a few of which are a local food pantry, programs for senior citizens, and after-school activities for children.
For the pants-inclined, the StrandCafe offers a load of beautifying treatments for hair, nails, and skin. Welcome warm weather by keying up dull tresses with a color retouch ($50+). Social butterflies can freshly flap their way through an event or date by surrendering locks to a thorough shampoo and thermal style ($50+) or full makeup makeover complete with fluttery, eye-catching eyelashes ($60). Peel fingers out of gloves and toes out of boots for a mani-pedi shot ($30, solid polish only) or a full manicure and pedicure with massages, soothing scrub, and paraffin ($80). StrandCafe also mollycoddles mugs with indulgent facials ($50–$80) specially concocted for smoothing out men's rough edges, treating tender skin, and reworking other epidermal blights.
Inlaid between bright-green tiles, Matcha Frozen Yogurt’s self-serve banks pour out 10 frozen-yogurt flavors from a list that includes gluten-free, sugar-free, nonfat, and nondairy options. The independent shop’s flavors rotate periodically, filling 16-ounce cups with everything from classic alpine vanilla to new york cheesecake and hawaiian pineapple, all of which are certified kosher and contain digestion-aiding live natural yogurt cultures. More than 60 toppings, including fresh fruit, coconut jelly, and mochi, dance atop frosty surfaces like Olympic figure skaters covered in fire ants, and each hefty helping is priced by the ounce.
Inside, white folding chairs surround matching white tables that rest between tangerine and lime-green walls. Sunlight pours through Matcha's large storefront window, gently warming patrons, illuminating glistening, fresh toppings, and melting the arms off of Venus de Milo yogurt sculptures.
Isaac Mizrahi's family ate a lot of frozen yogurt. During one of many trips to the fro-yo shop with his kids, Isaac decided to cut out the middle man and open his own store. He cut the ribbon on his first Groovy Spoon location in Tarzana, California, where swarms of yogurt enthusiasts crowded around self-serve stations built into modern avocado-green walls. The success of that shop, which has been featured on Khloé & Lamar, led to more locations in California and Ohio, each slinging a rotation of more than 20 yogurt flavors, including sugar-, gluten-, and dairy-free options. Cheesecake, Oreo cookie, and pomegranate varieties lay the groundwork for a bevy of healthy and decadent toppings, such as fruit and candy in the form of chunks, tidbits, and 20-sided dice.