Sometime in the 1997-98 time frame, I had a business trip that took me through Columbus solo. Actually, I think it may have taken me into Cincinatti, but I rented a car and came to check out Columbus. J had been working for Battelle in Richland, Washington for a couple of years, and we envisioned that one day we might have to relocate to Columbus as that was where the Battelle mothership was docked (how prescient we were!). I was working for Foster Wheeler at the time, but having to do a lot of travel between Richland, Los Alamos, Atlanta, and New Jersey, and for some reason had the extra layover and time to check out the city.
I don't remember much about that review, except for having dinner at this one restaurant that had taken over an old church. For years, I couldn't even remember the name of it, but a few months ago--when we learned that we would possibly be living here in Columbus temporarily--I had a discussion with a Columbite who clued me that the name of the place was The Refectory, a modern French restaurant in NW Ohio on Bethel Road.
As a thank you to the lady who watched over Klia while we were away, we hosted a dinner party there, and it fairly well lived up to my memory. The wine selection was great (we had an Oregon Pinot Noir and then a Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla, Washington), the food was elegantly presented and tasty, and the service was outstanding. Here's some views of the food, from when I remembered to bring the camera out:
To top it off, the rest of the party ordered from the dessert menu, but I went for the liquid refreshment: a flight of three different Glenmorangie scotches:
The Refectory is definitely on the high end of the cost range for dining in Columbus, so I can't see us making it a habit. The food was also quite rich. I had the antelope, which I described to my table companions as tasting like a cross between deer and duck in that it had the consistency of the former and the richness of the latter. However, they do have a lot of special events, including wine tastings, and since we need a refresher course on California wines (I tend to order Pacific Northwest wines, as those are the ones I know), I suspect we'll be back.