Deep-fried sweet potato, jalapeño aioli, honey-infused wasabi. These aren’t ingredients found on the traditional sushi menu, but the chefs at Red Bar & Sushi somehow incorporate them into their lengthy repertoire of specialty rolls. The team puts their imagination to good use, designing innovative maki such as the UFC roll—crab, eel, jalapeño, and cucumber rolled together and deep-fried in a tempura batter—or the simple, but sophisticated, Samba roll made from tuna, cilantro, and avocado. Red Bar’s chefs offer the classics as well, including fresh servings of salmon, yellowtail, and octopus sashimi, and what they call “standard” sushi rolls, like the california roll crammed with crab and avocado or the philadelphia roll made with cream cheese.
As Basil’s doors flung open in 2009, the Columbus Dispatch reported on the owner's inspiration: his mother Judy Ruanphae’s string of successful Thai restaurants—beginning with Thai Village in Chicago’s Wicker Park—that she ran with her husband while her son Rhome was growing up. Rhome borrowed his mother’s culinary mastery for Basil, which teleports taste buds to Thailand with a menu of authentic southeast-Asian cuisine. Chefs gather rice or egg noodles to lay the foundation for many entrees, such as specialty kee mow, a soft or crispy maelstrom of rice noodles with thai basil, tomatoes, and bell peppers. The menu also features a rainbow of curry dishes, soups, done-up salads, and appetizers to keep ravenous diners from eating their napkins.
The seasoned confines of a former antique shop welcome diners to Basil, decked out with bare brick and a retro advertisement for ice painted on the back wall. As a glittering chandelier casts light on colorful curries, wine-dark panels of varnished wood gaze at diners from the wall, and exposed lengths of ductwork add a neoindustrial aesthetic without the overkill of steam-powered dessert trays or austere Orwellian maitre d's.
Mozaik’s menu of elegantly prepared small plates careens taste buds through a tour of Asian, southwestern, and Italian flavors. The raspberry pecan salad drenches pecans, roma tomatoes, blue cheese, and dried cranberries in a tangy raspberry dressing. Fingers revel in an array of grilled naan flatbreads, such as pollo e pomodoro, which is festooned with homemade tomato jam, grilled chicken, and asparagus, or the mediterranean, which recruits a choir of hummus, feta cheese, green peppers, and kalamata olives to tap out flavorful tunes against tone-deaf molars. Average-size forks lance a selection of 12 small plates, including the NY Strip Tease, which nestles slices of char-grilled meat into a trove of truffles fries and parmesan cheese. Artistic chefs meticulously hand roll a rainbow of cabbage and carrots into the vegetarian-friendly spring rolls and masterfully craft the Voodoo shrimp plate out of Cajun seared shrimp soaked in a vat of Voodoo beer-tomato sauce paired with homemade cornbread.
Uninitiated Indian foodies can enter the chambers of Taj Mahal's bountiful menu of flavorful fare with a safe yet savory sampling of garlic naan ($3.50) paired with a plate of deep-fried cutlets packed with mashed potatoes and veggies peppered in spicy herbs ($5). Main plates will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike, with options ranging from boldly spiced chicken vindaloo pinched with lemon and vinegar ($15) to navrattan curry, which features nine garden-fresh friends hanging out in a simmering pool of yogurt, cashews, cream, and butter ($13). No matter the dish, you get to choose how much you'd like the chef to spice it up; specify whether you'd like it mild, medium, sporty, spicy, really spicy, or "Shiva's sweat," which requires you to sign a waiver first.
We are a full service restaurant/bar with a beautiful patio with an amazing atmosphere. Nightly entertainment check www.vonnjazz for schedule. We were voted last year "Best new upscale restaurant Columbus as well as "Best place to see live Jazz Columbus" and again this year "Best place to see live jazz Columbus"
The seasoned chefs at Martino's Sports Bar & Grille fire up a menu of classic pub eats. Steaming baskets of wings ($4.99 for 8, $6.99 for 12) douse tongues in one of eight fiery sauces and fit neatly into the hands of children's Barbie dolls. Slices hewn from a barbecue-chicken pizza ($12.99) amalgamate complementary flavors from buttery crust, zesty tomato sauce, and tangy hunks of barbecue chicken. Both the bacon-cheddar burger ($6.79) and fried-bologna sandwich ($5.50) sate vacuous bellies and keep bored hands from signing other tables' credit-card slips.
Ten Pin Alley is the crown jewel in central Ohio's bowling tiara, rolling out pin-pummeling fun in a relaxed, retro atmosphere. Ten Pin's unlimited summer package helps mortal bowlers achieve Olympian status, offering one hour of bowling and shoe rental for up to six people per day from June 1 to August 31 (normally $25–$27/hour, plus $3.95/person for shoe rental). Rich with creature comforts such as sink-into-able soft couches for between throws, Ten Pin’s slick vibe runs counter to the typical dilapidated orange-and-brown alleys dripping with Nixon-era dread. The casually upscale atmosphere is equally welcoming to families, grizzled bowling veterans, and casual fans looking for a chance to show off fingerless gloves originally purchased for attention-starved pinky nails.