In my never ending quest to find excuses to drink before noon, my husband and I set off on an adventure Saturday to try a new spot for drunk brunch. Since most of Columbus was without power, I turned to the Facebooks to figure out who wasn’t – and found de-NOVO Bistro and Bar in downtown Columbus
Despite my downtown parking reservations, we were able to easily grab parking at a meter in the alley behind the Bistro. As we approached de-NOVO we were immediately welcomed in by a beautiful small patio outfitted with comfy leather chairs and accented with colorful plant life and a prime view of the Columbus Commons. But since it was 100 degrees, we opted to dine inside.
The inside decor was just as charming. Dark wood, white leather, rich tapestries, elegant chandeliers and organic artwork provided the perfect atmosphere to inspire one to indulge in a $10 cocktail at noon.
Our server offered us the standard drunk brunch Bloody Mary or mimosa, but we each wanted to try something from the specialty cocktials list, comprised of eight original creations.
My eye was caught by The Winslet – vodka, muddled strawberries, lime juice and rose water – which sounded like the perfect morning cocktail. I took a sip and my first thought was that it tasted like a spa. I don’t mean it tasted like shampoo or nail polish – it was just amazingly light and refreshing and made me want a pedicure (which I sadly did not get.)
My husband ordered a Kentucky Mule – Maker’s Mark, lime juice and house-made ginger beer. Our server joked that it was called the Mule because it had a kick. My husband proudly proclaimed at the end of the meal that the mule didn’t kick him, and instead he “rode the mule gently around brunch.” His words. And I’m not completely sure what they mean, but I know he liked the drink. Personally it was a bit more kick than I can handle when I’m still waking up.
Halfway through our cocktails a fire alarm started going off, which provided some unexpected entertainment (and temporary deafness.) Our server handled the situation with good humor and apologized by offering to make my next cocktail, a mimosa, “extra clear.” It was basically a glass of champagne with a drop of orange juice, which was jusssssst fine by me.
I ordered a mushroom, shallot and goat cheese crepe with a side of applewood smoked bacon. My husband opted for a kobe chorizo burger with fresh tomato, arugula, menage cheese and chipotle aioli on a pretzel bun. When our food arrived we were both dead silent as we intently shoveled bite after bite of deliciousness into our faces. The only thing we discussed for the remainder of the meal was that we would definitely be back. Soon.
de-NOVO is located at 201 S. High Street. Their brunch menu is available Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm.
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