Amongst numerous local Halloween parties and events this week, de NOVO opened their doors on High Street downtown, across from the recently constructed Columbus Commons. Wade and Yavonne Sarber's newest creation is sure to add vibrancy to our recently blossoming downtown, offering fine food and local spirits, served by and impassioned staff, in a unique space tastefully decorated with local art.
This year I ditched my costume and parties for a nice evening at de NOVO, and it was a memorable night of fine food, music and conversation with staff and fellow diners. I encourage anyone and everyone to visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner over the next few weeks to check out this beautiful space, and savor Chef Robert Harrison's delightful culinary creations.
Will the bartender mixed me a cocktail that was in the back of his mind, and it a great way to start the night - OYO Vanilla Vodka with Domaine de Canton (ginger liqueur), sour mix and a splash of soda.
I tried a sampling of chilled small plates hot small hot plates, all happy hour pricing before 7:00pm : Lobster White Prawn Martini, Five Spice shrimp Tempura, Braised Boneless Short Rib, and Chef's Risotto. And in a moment of culinary curiosity, I also ordered the Lamb Belly Bánh Mì with truffle fries and triple smoked ketchup. Each dish was intensely complex and delicious, with many layers of flavor. Food this good comes for a talented and inspired mind, and I am delighted to welcome Chef Harrison and his staff to the downtown dining scene.
Enough with my chatter. Here's some photos of my delightful evening. More here: