Dragonfly Neo-V Cuisine is a hidden little gem of a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Not located on a main road, it has a niche concept, but still stands out with delicious vegan cuisine.
The "V" in Neo-V was originally supposed to mean vegetarian, according to the cook's owner. The menu appears to be vegan and most of the ingredients used in cooking come straight out of the garden at the back of the restaurant. This obviously encourages eating only the flavors of the season and forces the Dragonfly Neo-V kitchen to change its menu frequently – which it does.
The interior is unpretentious but at the same time stylish. It has a simple flow and feel that forces you to focus on the complexity of the menu. Other restaurants in Columbus, OH should be noted – this is not a high-end 24/7 city with everyone attending the same cast. The reinvention of the wheel does not work very well here.
I can't think of a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio outside the kitchen of the Dragonfly Neo-V that caters to the vegetarian / vegan crowd, so it makes it a little easier to round some pockets in this market without competition. The cook makes sense to let the flavors of the seasonal ingredients speak, and the food is delicious.
Our service was great – I know they're not perfect and I go to restaurants to enjoy my food first and foremost. I've been to many restaurants in Columbus, Ohio, where the service was suspect at best, but the food came out and was amazing. This constitutes many things in my humble opinion. Take the food properly; we will worry about the rest later.
The toasted pistachio tofu was great. I skipped the dessert, but they had plenty of selection. They even have a concept for a light lunch near their restaurant called On The Fly. I was given a lot of samples from the garden offerings as I waited for my meal. It's a nice touch. No expectations, just give it a try and you can buy this kind of surgery.
Vegan restaurants are few and far between this beer and pizza city, so having a place like Dragonfly Neo-V cuisine right in the heart of this city is a nice touch. The food was hearty, I was not hungry for an hour and I felt great in support of the local community. I'll go back to the vegan fare for sure.