Veritas 11 W Gay St., Uptown District/Downtown, (614) 745-3864. D M-Sat.
|interior at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio|
Chef Joshua Dalton presents the city’s original tasting menu dining experience. Diners choose from several tasting menus that feature creative contemporary small plates. Each menu is optionally paired with well-selected wines--a service I suggest you take advantage of. The dining room is spare, and you can see into the kitchen from most seating, though some especially choice tables are set right next to the window into the kitchen. My group sat in a comfortable booth, beneath a wall that was covered with an arty take on recycled belts--I could actually smell the leather. Our sommelier was well informed and gave us informative introductions to each new food and wine item. I found myself highly enjoying the mix of intriguing food items with the matching wine. My dining companions and I had a lively conversation concerning the South African Chenin Blanc that I swear had notes of cannabis.
|wine bucket at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio|
The punctuating surprise of new items kept my group of six pleasantly engaged in conversation throughout. Here is a blow-by-blow of the menu that night:
Course 1. snacks
NV Pierre Sparr Rose (Alsace, France)
|snack course at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio|
|NV Pierre Sparr Rose (Alsace, France) wine at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio|
Course 2. beet + chevre + apple
2016 Brooks Dry Riesling (Willamette Valley, Oregon)
|beet + chevre + apple at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio|
|2016 Brooks Dry Riesling (Willamette Valley, Oregon) wine at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio|
Course 3. celeriac + frisee + black garlic
2015 Bellingham Chenin Blanc (coastal region, South Africa)
|celeriac + frisee + black garlic at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio|
|2015 Bellingham Chenin Blanc (coastal region, South Africa) wine at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio|
Course 4. monkfish + prosciutto + hen of the woods
2016 Terrebrune Bandol Rose (Provence, France); but might have been 2017 DILA-O dry red
|monkfish + prosciutto + hen of the woods at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio|
|2016 Terrebrune Bandol Rose (Provence, France) wine; but it might have been this 2017 DILA-O dry red; at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio|
Course 5. wagyu flank + sunflower + pomegranate
2017 Vecchio Marone “Privata” (Veneto, Italy)
Oh dear, no image of this. I must have been enjoying this wine way too much!
|2017 Vecchio Marone “Privata” (Veneto, Italy) wine at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio|
Course 6. gjetost + lychee + sumac
2015 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett (Mosel, Germany); now a wine image is missing!
|gjetost + lychee + sumac at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio|
Course 7. blueberry + yoghurt + lavendar
2014 Quady “Essencia” Muscat (California); oh dear, yet another missing image! My, this meal was delicious and the wines stellar!
|blueberry + yoghurt + lavendar at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio|
An upscale cocktail bar, The Citizens Trust, is located adjacent and upstairs. It can also be entered through the restaurant. This stunning bar is situated inside a former bank and features a high, high ceiling and many seating areas. When you sit in the huge curved booth in the back, it makes you feel like the small version of Alice in Wonderland. A popular drink is the Patty Hearst made with gin and sparkling rose, but being from Berkeley, California, I opted for the Luchador with Tequila.
|happy group lifts their cocktails in a toast at The Citizens Trust in Columbus, Ohio|
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images ©2019 Carole Terwilliger Meyers; except wine images ©2019 Terry Gardner; group image ©2019 by waiter