There’s a new restaurant in the Short North, and it’s like nothing else in the neighborhood.
ROOH opened yesterday, serving up progressive Indian food in a beautiful setting. Owned by father-son duo Ashok and Bhavesh Kishinchand, ROOH, which means soul or spirit, plans to bring the spirit and culture of India to life with modern twists on traditional Indian dishes.
“We couldn’t be more excited to share the tastes of our culture with the vibrant Columbus community,” said Bhavesh Kishinchand, part-owner of ROOH Columbus. “Growing up in an Indian home, I quickly learned there was a misperception around Indian food. Our goal is to de-mystify Indian cuisine by making it beautifully approachable, while still maintaining the integrity of our food and culture.”
This is the third location of ROOH. The first restaurant opened in San Francisco in 2016, followed by a location in Chicago earlier this summer.
ROOH will offer guests a fine dining experience in a vibrant atmosphere. When you first walk in, your eye is immediately drawn to the incredible, colorful mural of a strong woman. Designed by Chicago artist Jenny Vyas with help from local artist Ripal Patel, it’s truly breathtaking. The interior of the restaurant features a vibrant color palette, with grand chandeliers and beautiful tile floors.
The restaurant seats 135 guests, including a private dining room that seats up to 12 people. The menu at ROOH comes from a world-renowned executive chef, Sujan Sarkar. The moment Bhavesh knew the restaurant would be successful was when the food got the stamp of approval from his grandmother.
“We’re excited to be a part of the already impressive restaurant scene in the Short North,” said Sarkar. “When developing the menu three years ago in San Francisco, we focused on creating beautiful dishes with exciting flavors made with ingredients sourced locally from the region. We still honor that commitment today, and we can’t wait for Columbus to experience it.”
The menu features several small and large plates for sharing, allowing guests to try a variety of dishes inspired by different regions in India.
Signature dishes include:
Dahi Puri – avocado, tamarind, mint and cilantro chutney, yogurt mousse
Traditional Butter Chicken – red pepper makhani, fenugreek, butter powder
Beef Short Ribs Curry – glazed baby carrots, bone marrow kofta
Cauliflower Koliwada – fried cauliflower, peanut chutney, citrus cream
The restaurant will also serve unique signature cocktails and desserts. ROOH is located at 685 N. High Street in the Short North. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.roohcolumbus.com.
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