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North Market Bridge Park Kilbourne students Audrey Lacey and cassidy oyer Try New Restaurants at the New North Market in Dublin

In November, the North Market Bridge Park opened in Dublin. Similar to the original North Market in downtown Columbus which first began in 1876, it offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and vendors. The new location includes both new and old vendors, and a diverse array of foods representing many different cultures. We recently got a chance to try a couple of the new restaurants located inside, including Falafel Kitchen and Kintsugi Sushi Bar.

We first tried the Falafel Kitchen, which offers an all vegetarian menu, and Mediterranean inspired dishes. Some menu highlights include fresh falafels, salads, pita pockets, and other traditional dishes. We got a chance to try the falafel pita pocket and fresh hummus.

Falafel Pita Pocket

The falafel pita pocket came with piping hot fresh falafels and a wide variety of toppings including lettuce, pickled vegetables, and homemade tahini sauce, all loaded inside of a soft pita pocket. Usually the insides of a falafel pita would include a Mediterranean style salad, however the one from Falafel Kitchen seemed to focus greatly on pickled vegetables including pickled beets and cabbage. The wide variety of toppings created an explosion of flavor and textures in the sandwich. In addition, the falafels themselves were perfectly crispy on the outside, and full of flavor. The pita pocket seemed to be different from others we have tried in the past, and we really enjoyed it.

Hummus

We also ordered a side of hummus that was served with warm pita, and came decorated with a cute heart, which was perfect for Valentine’s Day. While we both agreed that the presentation of the hummus was great, we disagreed about the flavor and texture of the hummus. One of us liked the smooth thin texture, while the other found it to be rather runny. Both of us agreed it was sort of bland until we mixed it with the olive oil on top. Overall we found it to be rather average, and considering the size of the pita pocket, next time we would skip the side of hummus and just get the pita pocket.

Ebi-fry Cheese Hand Roll and Cucumber Hand Roll

Next we tried Kintsugi Sushi Bar, which offers a variety of authentic fresh sushi. The restaurant, which was opened by the owners of a popular ramen restaurant in the downtown North Market, offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. The owner, who is an experienced sushi chef, hopes to offer customers with many options that are popular in Japan, but not as common in the midwest. With a large variety of options to choose from, we decided to try the Ebi-fry cheese hand roll, and the cucumber hand roll. Both hand rolls came beautifully rolled in paper, and sealed with the restaurant's sticker.

Ebi-fry Cheese Hand Roll

The Ebi-fry cheese roll, which was suggested to us by one of the workers at the restaurant, consisted of breaded and fried shrimp, lettuce, cheese, caramelized onions, and tonkatsu sauce. While we were originally a bit skeptical about cheese inside of a sushi roll, it ended up surprising us and being absolutely delicious! The breading on the shrimp added a nice crunch, and the caramelized onions added a unique flavor that we had never had in sushi before. The sauce also added the perfect amount of spice that elevated the flavor of the onions and shrimp. Overall, the Ebi-fry cheese roll was very different from other sushi we have tried, and we would definitely recommend it.

Cucumber Hand Roll

The cucumber sushi roll consisted of rice, cucumber, and a spicy sauce, which was quite unexpected, because the menu did not list it as a spicy sushi roll. The sauce had a jelly texture, which was also quite unexpected. Although the spicy sauce was not the best, the rice to cucumber ratio was perfect. Overall, we would highly suggest the cucumber sushi roll, especially if you enjoy spicy food.

Overall, we greatly enjoyed our experience at the North Market Bridge Park. It offered a very warm and inviting atmosphere, and there were many options to choose from, so there is something there for everyone. Both Falafel Kitchen, and Kintsugi Sushi Bar, were very good, and we would definitely choose to eat at them again. We would definitely recommend the North Market Bridge Park to anyone looking for a variety of unique restaurants, and we both plan on going back soon!