11 W Gay Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Marble. Columns. Ancient-looking relics. This isn’t a description from a trip to Rome, but just a few features of the upstairs bar at Veritas. I first wrote about my lovely experience with Veritas here, when the innovative restaurant was still located in downtown Delaware. But Veritas has settled into the capital city, in a much larger space with the same creative cuisine and not one, but two bars.
Begin your Veritas Columbus experience by partaking in a beverage at the marble-laden upstairs bar. Ask the staff to guide you there; it’s tricky to find if you aren’t sure where you’re headed. Because this area was the former Citizens Bank, there are plenty of historic touches, such as the old safe and mechanical features, as well as enormous windows and opulent niches for lounging. The cocktail offerings strike the impossible balance of elegant and delectable, with classic drinks and unique libations up for grabs. I can’t get over the beauty of The Sun Also Rises, sporting a blood orange ice sphere and ginger bourbon that I’m dreaming of as I type this. Make sure you finish imbibing before heading down for dinner; your cocktails can’t leave the upstairs area.
The downstairs dining space is more modern and simply decorated, but also has a small bar and a cozy atmosphere. Small plates for sampling are still the focus at Veritas, but the setting is now grand enough to match the menu. Many of my Delaware favorites remain on the menu (I’m looking at you, bacon risotto). I won’t rehash the food too much from the previous post, but I have to mention a few things before closing. The shishito peppers are a great snack to start, coated in a rich miso cream cheese and a sprinkle of ever-trendy everything bagel spice. One of every ten peppers are spicy, so it’s fun to play pepper roulette, wondering if your mouth will be on fire with every new bite. The flavor-packed Brussels are as divine as ever, and the craveable chicken wings with blue cheese foam manage to be both ridiculously crispy and fall-off-the-bone at the same time. Lastly, be sure to save room for the aforementioned risotto, boasting bold bacon notes and an unctuous oozing egg that is both rich and comforting.
Have you visited the new Veritas locale yet? If you were as impressed as I was, let me know!