"A refectory (also frater, frater house, fratery) is a dining room, especially in monasteries, boarding schools, and academic institutions." After decades of being a student, I've become so accustomed to dining halls that one of my favorite restaurants is a dining hall, albeit a fancy one. I've lived in Cbus for over a year now, and The Refectory is still one of my favorite restaurants in the city and where we chose to eat for Restaurant Week again this season.
Salmon, crayfish, and mushroom coulibiac with leek fondue and tomato shrimp velvet sauce. This is my favorite dish of the night, although I didn't quite know what a coulibiac was until I went home to google the thing.
Quail terrine with boudin noir, boudin blanc, pistachio, cranberry, black olive, and smoked carrot vinaigrette. I like their terrines (the one we tried last time was alpaca :O). The cranberries were soaked in wine and complemented the dish spectacularly.
Pan seared elk flank steak with chestnut confit and truffle bordelaise. I had to order this dish because I can never turn down something exotic when presented with the opportunity, since I've never tried elk before. It tastes like beef but a tad gamier.
Slow braised beef short ribs, bourguignon style with portabella ravioli. This was really good, especially the texture of the short ribs. I wish there was more ravioli...
Classic tiramisu and caramel and raspberry sauce. This was just spectacular but I'm a tiramisu fiend.
Chocolate bombe with almond tuile and creme anglaise. This was also quite good although a tad too rich for me since the bombe was essentially all ganache. I could only try a couple of bites.
Same place after dinner, one year later ^^
And on a different note, they have some hella creepy art in the foyer. Noticed this on the way out...
1092 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, OH 43220