We have been buying gift certificates from the Dine Originals web site like crazy, and had a lot that were about to expire. One of the ones we had a certificate for was the Bexley Monk Restaurant & Bar in Bexley, OH – a place that I have heard about but have not had the opportunity to go to previously even though I had passed by it hundreds of times over the years. This visit actually took place in May, when it was still a bit nippy outside – unfortunately, with a bunch of other things to do, I’m just getting around to posting about our visit now, so I’m going by my notes rather than memory now.
We got there during lunch, and decided to sit on the newly opened patio even though it was a very windy day. They brought us some nicely soft bread while we checked out the menu.
For an appetizer, we decided on the Sesame Seared Tuna ($12), which is beautifully cooked piece of sesame-crusted tuna atop a sushi rice cake, which is served with mixed greens and dressed with a wasabi vinaigrette, sriracha and sweet soy sauce. The different flavors worked well together, although the combination of wasabi and sriracha really lit my ass on fire and obscured the freshness of the tuna a bit. Overall, a very nice dish but just a little too spicy for my tastes. Your mileage may vary, though.
Their chili ($3) was soupy, lacked depth and texture, and doesn’t normally get served with cheese, but on request, they added white cheddar and green onions (because they didn’t have regular chopped onions). Overall, I was a bit underwhelmed.
The 55 on the Boulevard Salad (garden mix, red onion, bleu cheese, bacon, tomato, crostini, 55 dressing) ($4 for a side salad, $7 for a full sized salad) was a really solid salad, and we especially liked the tangy 55 Dressing that paired very well.
My husband got the featured item of the day, Mexican Pizza, but was disappointed because it lacked flavor, got very soggy very quickly, and was not especially enjoyable.
I had been craving a Cobb Salad for a while, so naturally I got the Cobb Salad – (mixed greens, diced chicken, avocado, tomato, egg, bacon, white cheddar, blue cheese, chive ranch dressing – $12), and it just wasn’t what I was looking for although for the most part, it was made very traditionally. The one change they made to the dish ruined it for me, as the creamy dressing made an already heavy dish even heavier (Cobb salad is normally served with a vinaigrette), the portion size was outrageously huge, and worst of all, the ingredients weren’t particularly fresh.
One thing we did notice when we were there is that they seem to cater to an older clientele – both my husband and I are middle-aged, and felt downright youthful comparatively. Maybe because of that, the dishes on the menu seem a bit dated and the ones that aren’t dated seem a bit forced. Overall, the prices are fairly reasonable. So to sum it up? Good but not great – would go there again, but only if someone else was picking up the tab.
If you’d like to go: Bexley Monk, Bexley Square, 2232 E. Main Street, Bexley. 614.239.6665.