RH Rooftop Restaurant knows how to nail a to start with impression. The ascent to the third-ground dining area at the prime of Easton’s 60,000-sq.-foot RH Columbus, The Gallery store (nevertheless “mansion” would be a extra correct descriptor) is an party in and of alone. A grand, break up-stone staircase is illuminated by a dozen or so chandeliers that sparkle like outsized prisms. Stately gold-framed mirrors line the walls for an infinity result almost reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles.
Flip the remaining corner on the stairs, and the temper shifts. It is instantly lighter and airier, pretty much as jarring as walking out of a matinee film into a sunlit afternoon. With a glass roof and flooring-to-ceiling home windows and doors, the properly symmetrical Easton cafe is a magnet for all-natural light, even on a gray Ohio working day.
It is simple to see why diners are enchanted with this pricey restaurant. The vibe falls someplace amongst Victorian conservatory and French garden—white marble tables, pillow-strewn banquettes, rows of fake hedges and canopies of synthetic trees, ornate chandeliers casting soft gentle previously mentioned practically each individual desk. Nondescript, deep residence beats mingle with the relaxing trickle of drinking water from three stone fountains. The place glows with romance in the evening and bustles with lifestyle for weekend brunch.
4120 Value Ave., Easton
Several hours: 10 a.m.–9 p.m. daily
Not to Miss out on: Any dish served with bread, including massive avocado toast, burrata with roasted peppers, and tender, thinly shaved rib-eye on garlic bread
Open up considering that December 2019, the Columbus outpost is a carbon copy of about a dozen dining establishments from West Palm Beach front to New York Town to Toronto—similar in environment, menu, and wine and beer lists. The menu was initially designed by Chicago chef Brendan Sodikoff (of Au Cheval, recognized for its famed upscale burger). Sodikoff has very long considering that cut ties with RH, but his impact has seemingly remained—to the reward of diners. Since, though highly-priced and probably not the most inventive—a cross in between steakhouse fare and wine bar bites—dishes are very well-cooked and properly-seasoned, and the support is attentive and friendly.
There are heaps of cheese, prosciutto and smoked salmon platters to share ($24-$45), moreover steak and seafood entrées with à la carte sides. But the common rule of thumb: If there is bread associated, purchase it. At brunch, a rustic sourdough is the foundation for a significant and delightful avocado toast sweetened with balsamic vinegar ($20). It’s also served superbly charred alongside the silkiest egg scramble ($22) I’ve at any time tasted. At supper, the sourdough is the correct appropriate pairing for the sweet and savory burrata ($25) with roasted peppers and balsamic vinegar.
While you could drop $64 on a properly geared up 16-ounce rib-eye or $38 for a roasted half chicken—the concerning-bread entrées are a far better cut price. Tender and cooked to a perfect medium scarce, the shaved rib-eye sandwich ($30) comes on crispy garlic bread with gooey Emmentaler Swiss. Dip generously in the soulful au jus that arrives alongside it. The lobster roll ($34), albeit small, is on point with a succulent brioche bun that’s crisp on the exterior, custardy in the center, and overflowing with buttery lobster that sings with a weighty hand of Previous Bay. Pair either with a aspect of crispy fries ($10) or smoky heirloom broccolini ($13) which is charred to perfection and seasoned with lemon zest, garlic confit and spicy pops of Calabrian chile.
Salads are just about anything but a throwaway here. They are deftly layered with texture, taste and spirited dressings. And the parts are massive, making them quickly the ideal promotions on the menu. The gem lettuce ($18), flippantly coated in a buttermilk herb dressing, is creamy and wealthy with chunks of avocado and feta hiding in the folds of the leafy greens. Days later I’m still imagining about the roasted grapes on the arugula salad ($18) and how completely they balanced the pepperiness of the greens, the earthiness of shaved fennel and Parmigiano-Reggiano, and the sunny bite of citrus dressing.
There’s no liquor provider at RH—only a tight checklist of beers and an expansive, if once more dear, giving of wines (there’s not a solitary glass less than $15, and most are $18–$30). After recovered from the sticker shock, get a glass of the crisp and raspberry-noted Pierre Sparr brut rosé ($16/glass). It’s terrific with the ambiance and any of the starters.
There is a perfume-ad allure to RH Rooftop Cafe. Opulent and sexy. It is expensive to be sure, but I can’t say it’s overpriced. You are shelling out for a particular amount of cachet, and for the most section RH provides on the guarantee. My suggestions: Occur with good friends, delight in the ambiance and be prepared to split the meals and the invoice.
This story is from the May well 2022 situation of Columbus Every month.