Soft opening: Nokoribi at The Veil
Karri here, still drooling over a fantastic lunch I had recently at a kind of surprising location: a local brewery.
What's happening: Thinking first about food and second about location, I scheduled a weekday lunch meeting at Nokoribi, the Japanese pub-inspired eatery inside The Veil's new flagship Scott's Addition brewery.
- Both opened in late April when The Veil moved to much larger digs and the award-winning Longoven team opened Nokoribi, the casual restaurant, in its taproom.
A brewery is likely not everyone's first thought for a business lunch, and that's part of what made it a perfect location.
- There are ample seating options in The Veil's new 8,000-square-foot space and plenty of room to spread out.
- Plus, service was fast since there were no lines (at The Veil!).
The Nokoribi menu includes charcoal-grilled meat and veggies ($8-$12); Japanese-style fried protein sandwiches($10-$15); kimchi fries, noodles and wings ($10-$12).
- For beverages, there are some beers, 30 or so on draft, plus wine, sake, draft cocktails, plus NA beer, soda and water if you happen to schedule a weekday business lunch there.
- Like the set up at The Veil Forest Hill, you order at the beer line and pick up at the food counter once your buzzer alerts you.
- Folks, it was phenomenal. Perfectly fried and delicately flaky with a warm brioche bun, plus some added creaminess from the American cheese.
- My dining partner ordered the bento box ($15), with rice, grilled shrimp, corn, veggies and a tamari soft egg, and said it was one the best he'd ever had.
The bottom line: The food was delicious, the interior gorgeous and the service flawless. I can't wait to try everything on the menu, next time with one of those draft cocktails. And maybe a beer.
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