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Chef Sebastian La Rocca Brings FYR to the New Hilton Tower


The opening of the new Hilton Tower downtown brings a trio of latest eateries: a yet-to-be-opened rooftop patio, an all-day restaurant and bar referred to as Spark simply off the foyer, and the centerpiece of the eating expertise: FYR.

(P.S. Have you ever see the within of the brand new tower? Take a tour of it!)

FYR is headed up by Argentinian chef Sebastian La Rocca, who brings his mixed Latin American and Italian heritage to the desk, in addition to expertise cooking in eating places in Europe and throughout South America. He at the moment owns eating places in Costa Rica, too.

Because the title implies, FYR is targeted on live-fire cooking, utilizing a wood-fired grill and smoking strategies for most of the dishes.

The restaurant is situated on the bottom ground of the Hilton tower, lowered slightly below avenue stage with the primary widespread areas of the lodge overlooking it. Tall home windows supply views of Excessive Road and a great deal of pure mild through the daytime.

We visited FYR with pals on a latest November Saturday, so comply with alongside as we work our method via cocktails, wine, and the menu!

We arrived an hour earlier than our reservation to seize drinks on the bar, sampling some wine, a martini, the bonded Previous Long-established (pictured above with the FYR dice) made with Watershed Distillery‘s bonded bourbon.

It’s value noting that FYR has one of many few caipirinhas I’ve seen formally on a Columbus menu. It’s a Brazilian cocktail made with cachaca (a white rum), lime, and sugar.

I tasted the Terre Brune, a refreshing concoction of Scotch, ginger, Amaro Montenegro, and lime.

And fantastically executed pisco bitter was a must-order.

After a pair rounds of drinks, we had been ushered to our desk to get a take a look at the menu.

All through the meal, we loved distinctive service as nicely. Chef La Rocca got here by and prompt dishes to attempt, and our server saved searching for us, too, holding in thoughts dietary restrictions, checking the pacing of meals, providing drinks.

The sommelier frequented the desk as nicely, and as we had some educated wine lovers within the group, we joined the somm on a journey via some enjoyable decisions. This 2020 Pet Internet was tart, funky, paying homage to lambic beers.

Following chef’s strategies, we ordered all three dishes from the Nibbles menu. The unbelievable empanadas are full of braised osso buco and served with a zesty and calmly candy Caribbean sauce for dipping.

The chorizo criollo is an Argentinean tackle the sausage, splendidly seasoned and served as a hyperlink on a mattress of “Chimi Hendrix.” We might have ordered a bucket of that to take residence.

And you may’t beat a pot of pickled veggies.

By then we had been making our solution to the Starters menu, starting with the attractive wooden oven-roasted tomato. Served chilly, the roasted tomato is graced with goat cheese, charred onions, panela honey, and sumac.

I don’t go for lengua fairly often, however I’ll take it when it’s ready in addition to the chilled beef tongue. Skinny slices are layered in a Provencal sauce with capers, diced onerous boiled egg, and a tonnato sauce.

Each our chef and our server – in addition to our pal Daniel from This Is My Take, who we bumped into on the bar – all beneficial the salmon ceviche. Extremely wealthy and light-weight, the salmon virtually melts in your mouth. It’s accompanied by coconut milk, burnt cucumber, ginger, habanero, pink onion, and pecans.

Chef La Rocca kindly stopped by our desk a pair instances to say howdy, verify on our meal, advocate extra dishes. We noticed him shifting all through the house chatting with diners all through the night.

Subsequent up was the Al Rescoldo beetroot salad. It’s a should for any beet lover. The beets are roasted after which chilled, and tossed with oranges, cheddar curd, avocado cream, and arugula with a pistachio dressing.

Not many locations to attempt bone marrow in Columbus, so the grilled bone marrow makes for one more worthy selection. The marrow is combined with sea urchin, pangratatto, herbs, and that Chimi Hendrix.

We then moved on to choices from the Wooden Oven portion of the menu, making an attempt two of chef’s suggestions. The primary is a gnocchi souffle, the place they gnocchi are extremely mild and fluffy, pillowed in a cheese fondata and topped with Chimi Hendrix.

We love mushroom pizza, and the wild mushroom pizza was merely pleasant. A calmly chewy crust, crisp across the edges, topped with guanciale (a cured meat), truffle sauce, garlic, parsley.

After which we completed our savory portion of the meal with two decisions from the Grill menu. First was the half Amish hen, served with a Oaxaca mole, peanuts, sesame seeds, and pickled onions. Splendidly tender, top-of-the-line moles I’ve tasted (it got here from a kitchen crew member’s household recipe). We promptly ordered further mole.

After which the straightforward however fantastically crafted skirt steak, 10 ounces cooked medium uncommon and topped with arugula, slices of grana padano cheese, and a lime dressing.

And naturally we couldn’t escape with out dessert! Chef prompt his grandmother’s caramel flan, a fragile and amazingly creamy presentation with dulce de leche.

And one of many stars of the dessert choices, made for the age of Instagram, is the pineapple the other way up cake: a grilled slice of pineapple, coconut ice cream, and a rum and ginger sauce (emphasis on the rum).

Because it’s delivered to your desk, the sauce is ready aflame and decanted onto the dish. Simply look ahead to the flames to subside earlier than you tuck in.

We walked away from the meal extremely happy. We extremely advocate ordering as a desk and splitting every part, and to essentially let the service crew prepared the ground.

Compliments to the house, too. Regardless of the tall, open eating room, FYR manages to really feel intimate. You possibly can benefit from the bustle of the kitchen and the dialog of different diners with out it feeling overwhelming or cacophonous.

(The one odd be aware are the restrooms, that are a grouping of 4 single occupancy rooms with widespread space wash basins. Two of the restrooms are tough to see as a result of the doorways face away from the entryway, and two of them have sinks in them, so it backs up the road when company don’t know there are 4 loos complete, and it creates awkward moments when company wash their palms within the rooms and bypass the widespread sink – it may look like somebody isn’t washing their palms. The general structure simply felt like an odd misstep.)

If time permits, although, check out the open kitchen to see the crew at work.

It’s particularly enjoyable getting a glimpse of the grill.

Remaining ideas? We expect FYR is an thrilling version to the Columbus eating scene, providing a inventive menu that explores some new floor. I feel it’s a step in the fitting route for our metropolis, together with eating places like Chapman’s, Service Bar, Watershed Kitchen, and forthcoming entries like Agni and Hiraeth, to have extra advanced and grown-up eating choices that mix new strategies with extra worldwide inspiration.

FYR
404 N. Excessive St.
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 484-5286

Internet: fyrshortnorth.com
FB: @fyrshortnorth
IG: @fyrshortnorth



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