Written by: Steve Stover
Date: March 2, 2018
Veritas, among Central Ohio’s top restaurants, which relocated to Columbus at the end of December, features the same creative riffs on new American cooking, plus a of spectacular bar.
Chef-owner Josh Dalton has taken over two spaces at 11 West Gay St. The upstairs bar in the former Citizens Bank lobby, including views of the vault, is a destination with a New York City vibe featuring high ceilings, wood and marble.
There is ample seating is at the bar, with soft furniture everywhere else, a few tables, a pool table and a television used only for critical local sports. The bar features excellent craft cocktails. The decor of the restaurant downstairs is open and airy, spare but comfortable and includes another, smaller bar.
During two visits, we tasted almost everything on the small a la carte menu, which features starters and small plates, all but one of which are priced under $20. The eight-course tasting menu is $85, plus $50/$80 with wine pairings. On both visits, our group which consisted of 3 and 6 people respectively ordered four dishes per person and were well satisfied.
Veritas features a great wine list, with bottles available for the some of the lowest markups in town, thanks to Sommelier Gregory Stokes. The service was friendly and knowledgeable. We started with glasses of Spanish sherry ($3 each), a nice touch and shared the 2015 Domaine du Cristia Cotes du Rhone (only $33).
Our favorite dishes included whipped, feta dip with toast, flat bread and house-made crackers ($7, vegetarian); Brussels sprouts, butter and spices ($8, gluten free and vegetarian); confit chicken wings with smoky blue cheese foam ($10, gluten free); bacon risotto, sous vide egg, tiny biscuit ($11); oyster mushroom toast, ricotta ($11 and my wife’s favorite); special-fired pork rinds with a wonderful crab salad; blistered shishito peppers with miso cream, parmesan, and a spice blend ($8); sous vide pan-seared scallops with house kimchi, Korean-style chili crème fraiche, and micro cilantro ($16); bucatini pasta with baby fennel and truffles ($24).
For dessert, we shared frozen white chocolate “popcorn” (think Dippin’ Dots) with chocolate cocoa dust, chocolate kisses and white chocolate ice cream; it was wonderful.
Everything is so clever, so much fun, and so well done. We suggest you run – don’t walk – to Veritas Tavern!
11 West Gay Street, Downtown Columbus
Tuesday – Saturday: 5-10pm
Sunday – Monday: Closed