First Look: Ampersand Asian Supper Club Now Open
Ampersand Asian Supper Club has made its arrival. This Sunday, the Japanese fast-casual restaurant and bar opened its doors in the Brunner Building in the Short North.
The initial concept has altered slightly. While ramen is a prominent feature on the menu, they’ve replaced sushi with donburi, a type of Japanese rice bowl made with various meats, vegetables and sauces. Small plates, like nori fries and calamari are offered, along with soup, salad and a small kids menu. Owner Megan Ada, also behind Asterisk Supper Club and Sunny Street Café in Westerville, said sushi could make it on the menu in the future.
With the exception of the ramen noodles, each ingredient is prepared and made in-house, from the broth to the sweet-chili ginger dipping sauce. Josh Cook, formerly of Due Amici, Hubbard Grille and other establishments, heads up the kitchen.
Behind the bar is mixologist Bismark Akomeah, who’s put together cocktails using Japanese spirits, including whiskey, vodka and sake.
Ordering is done at the counter, except for guests using the tatami room, a six-person space with a short table with pillow seating. Japanese-style seating is a common element throughout the restaurant, which also features tables and booths slightly lower to the ground than those at American restaurants. Ada said the tables and chairs in Japan, which are an inch or so shorter than furniture stateside, are more comfortable for people of all heights.
Ampersand is open now for lunch and dinner. For more information, visit their Facebook page.