Nada! It's open!
Nada, the new Mexican restaurant from David Falk and his Boca Restaurant Group, opened downtown today. It takes over the restaurant space on the corner of 6th and Walnut Streets, next to the Aronoff Center for the Arts, that was formerly Bella.
On the menu: festive, casual food that’s inspired by the authentic regional cuisines of Mexico and given a contemporary chef’s interpretation. There are tacos (mahi mahi, carnitas, barbacoa and chicken) but no combination plates, burritos, enchiladas or other Mexican-American restaurant standards. Small plates include ceviche of scallop and shrimp with orange and chipotle and queso fundido with asadero and gouda cheese. Entrees include pork green chile stew, lamb shoulder with ancho mole, raisins, peas and rice, and pork chop with red chile adobo, mashed plantains, poblano ragas and orange habanero sauce. Nada is more affordable than Falk’s Italian restaurant Boca in Oakley, where dinner often runs $75. At Nada, small plates range from $7-$14, and entrees from $14-$22. The menu features many small plates, making it easy to have drinks and a small meal before or after shows at the Aronoff.
The bar features premium tequilas and fresh juices. Heading Nada’s kitchen is Jonathan Mouch, formerly the sous-chef at Boca.
The two-story, glass-walled Bella space, designed by architect Don Beck, now has a contemporary look with rustic touches. The downstairs has open seating and a bar, while tables upstairs can be reserved. There’s also a room for parties and private dining.
Nada was originally announced in March of 2006, at a location in Norwood, but the change in location and the work on the interior pushed the opening back by many months. Currently, Nada is serving dinner only, but will add weekday lunch in January. Food is served from 5-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and the bar is open until 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. Reservations at OpenTable.com or 513-721-6232.