Drunk Brunch: de-NOVO Bistro and Bar

Written by on July 2, 2012 in Bars, Downtown, Liquor - 8 Comments

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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Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Co-Founder of the Columbus Ale Trail.

8 Comments on "Drunk Brunch: de-NOVO Bistro and Bar"

  1. Matt July 2, 2012 at 10:09 AM · Reply

    I ate brunch there with from friends on Sunday for the second time. While our food was absolutely delicious, the service was painfully slow as it was my first time. If they could improve their attentiveness to the tables, it could quickly become one of my favorite downtown spots.

    Interestingly enough, I also made a comment about how quiet our table was as we devoured our food!

    • Cheryl Harrison July 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM · Reply

      It was pretty slow for us to actually get our food, now that you mention it. Probably took over half an hour. But honestly, I kind of enjoyed it. I like to take brunch nice and slow. I can see how it might be a turn-off though.

      Glad you got to shovel good food in your face, though 🙂

      • Matt July 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM · Reply

        I also like to take my time at brunch, but this was a little excessive. It was probably approaching 30 mins after we sat down before we even ordered, and I had to ask at that point. Then it took another 30 mins to get our food and another 20 to get our checks after everyone had cleaned their plates. It was just one of those meals that everyone always felt like they were waiting on the waiter….no pun intended.

    • Lauren July 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM · Reply

      I work here at De Novo. Thanks for letting us know! As our brunch becomes more popular, we are seeing that we will have to have more servers on to better accommodate our guests. I will personally make sure our weekend brunch is better staffed. We want everything to be perfect for our guests, we appreciate them so much!!

  2. Aaron July 2, 2012 at 12:59 PM · Reply

    Yes, just to resonate (I still think it is an issue) service is always quite slow. Been here at many different times and unfortunately when I know I have a limited amount of time to dine this steers me away from this establishment.

    The food is absolutely spectacular though.

  3. Nia July 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM · Reply

    I thought that was nice that a server replied to the comments regarding slow service! Shows great pride in her job!

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