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First Look: ROOH

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Fine-dining Indian restaurant ROOH is set to open its doors this Thursday, November 14.

The 4,500 square foot restaurant at 685 N. High St. will bring an infusion of Indian cuisine to the Short North that balances traditional flavors with more approachable and familiar ingredients.

The menu features both small and large plates, which are meant to be shared, with a variety of vegetarian options in each category. Diners can kick off their meal at ROOH with Lamb Keema Hyderabadi featuring ground lamb, potato mousse, green peas and buttered pao, acting almost as a play on shepherd’s pie. Another small plate, the Cauliflower Koliwada combines tempura fried cauliflower, curd rice mousse and peanut thecha.

Large plates include a protein not often found in Indian cuisine – beef short ribs – prepared with curry, carrots and marrow kofta. The Jackfruit Kofta offers a vegetarian option, with tempered spinach sauce and lotus stem crips. ROOH’s signature dish is an Indian classic – Butter Chicken – with the additions of red pepper and butter powder.

Diners can pair their dishes with ROOH’s unique nine-cocktail lineup built around flavors based on Indian medicine. There’s something for every palate, from sweet, sour and salty, to pungent, bitter or astringent.

ROOH will be a dinner-only destination, with hours from 4 – 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 4 – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 – 9 p.m. Sunday. There will be a happy hour in the bar area from 4 – 6 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, visit roohcolumbus.com.

All photos by Susan Post

dining tables at ROOH Indian restaurant
dining scene at ROOH Indian restaurant
cocktails at ROOH Indian restaurant
The Hyderabad Tonic & Patna Fizz
bar area at ROOH Indian restaurant
dining area at ROOH Indian restaurant
hand painted mural by artist Jenny Vyas at ROOH Indian restaurant
A hand-painted mural by Chicago-based artist Jenny Vyas, with help from local artist, Ripal Patel
more seating at ROOH Indian restaurant
large party set up at ROOH Indian restaurant
ROOH’s private dining room with seating for up to 12
private dining in the short north at ROOH Indian restaurant
ROOH’s private dining room with seating for up to 12
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