Brunch at The Table is rustic, elegant and bold

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Brunch at The Table is maybe best described as "rustically elegant." The Short North restaurant is casual enough to be inviting to anyone, but sophisticated enough to please more adventurous palates. The brunch menu features familiar fare-French toast, Bloody Marys, biscuits and gravy-to satisfy traditional brunch tastes, while also including unique items that merit exploration.

The design aesthetic is deliberately mismatched: tables, chairs, silverware, cups, plates. They're all recycled and reclaimed, and add to the homey atmosphere. The restaurant also opened a new breezeway patio in early June, giving diners an outdoor option for brunching.

The Table features a respectable cocktail menu and beer list. The Bloody Mary ($10) is accompanied by house-pickled garnishes and can be adjusted to your preferred heat level. Coffee drinkers should gravitate toward the Cafechata ($9): hot coffee generously spiked with RumChata, an alcoholic version of the Latin American rice and nut milk.

The brunch menu features some unique dishes deserving of attention. The akoori ($12) is a spicy Indian take on scrambled eggs and toast. The eggs are soft scrambled with a mixture of peppers, onions, garlic, chilis, tomatoes and herbs, then served on toast. The rich spices add a little heat while taking a basic dish to the next level.

Likewise, the Dutch Baby ($10) is a traditional baked German pancake, served crisp and coated in a lovely lemon curd, then topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream. Also of note is the dark rye and lox ($13). The dish exemplifies The Table's from-scratch mentality, using breads baked on site, house-cured salmon, goat cheese, capers and thinly shaved onions.

Housed in a building that dates back to the 1920s, The Table provides a quiet and comfortable atmosphere for brunch. The upper floor features plenty of natural lighting and a big bar toward the back, while a basement dining room offers private spaces for events.

Two items worthy of note: The Table offers brunch Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. And true to their communal dining theme, they offer most items in shareable family sizes.