Natalie can now add Parallax to her list of favorite restaurants. And for the record, it was another successful outing with the baby. Not one word from our little foodie.

A few weeks ago, chef Zack Bruell’s PR person e-mailed me to extend an invite for dinner at Parallax on him as a way of saying thank you for the coverage and helping to drive traffic to his restaurants. This blog was started out of my passion for local food and Cleveland a few years ago. I don’t make any money on it and we always pay for our own meal. But on occasion, a chef will send something over to the table, or as the case last week, invite us to dinner. Although the gestures are greatly appreciated, it’s worth noting that I never let anything influence my posts. After all, if I’m not honest, I’ll lose credibility and people will stop reading.

I’ve written about Parallax a lot. It’s easily one of our favorite restaurants and on my short list of places I recommend when contacted for suggestions. The food and service are consistently good and there is always something new on the menu to try.

On our visit, we started off with two salads: seared scallop with tomatoes, bacon, arugula and white French dressing for me and warm goat cheese with endive and mustard vinaigrette for Jamie. For dinner, I went with the seared tuna with horseradish mashed potatoes and port wine sauce while Jamie had the popular Alaskan black cod with miso glaze. We also shared the unavo roll and each had a glass of the Woop Woop cab.

I’ve had the scallop salad before. I like the different textures and the scallops combined with the dressing. This time, however, the scallops were too salty. I ate them, and enjoyed the rest of the salad, but looking back I probably should have said something.

Our roll was really quite good. I’m not sure if people think of Parallax for sushi. I’ve gone several times for this alone. It’s always fresh, nicely prepared and really enjoyable.

My tuna was also quite good, especially the horseradish mashed potatoes. I was debating between that and the Thai seafood stew. Although the stew sounded rather tempting, in the end, I was very happy with my dish.

The black miso cod also delivered. This dish is a perfect example of how consistent the kitchen is. Jamie and I both have ordered the cod many times over the past few years and it’s always spot on.

While I’ve yet to try Table 45, between L’Albatros and Parallax, chef Bruell continues to earn high praises from us. And Natalie, too, considering she has already been to both at the ripe old age of 3 months.


  1. alexa - cleveland's a plum
    Posted March 3, 2009 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    everything you said was completely spot on about this place – i absolutely love it. in my top three restaurants in cleveland.

    i can’t wait to go to l’albatros either.

  2. Rosemarie
    Posted March 3, 2009 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Parallax is my favorite restaurant in Cleveland. When I go, I always just get sushi. I want to try the other items (especially the black miso cod) but I can’t talk myself into not eating the sushi. One of these days I will venture out.

  3. Cara
    Posted March 3, 2009 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    I’m convinced, I must go to Parallax. I absolutely fell in love with L’Albatros and have been asking Jeff to go back.

  4. SicklyBug and Cassaendra
    Posted March 5, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Glad the little one is being exposed to the great restaurants Cleveland has to offer!

    I have yet to get around to L’Albatros. I do love Parallax, and since it’s just around the corner from where we live, it’s so easy to stop in. We go in for 1 order of sushi and dessert, and walk out stuffed.

    I tried Table 45 for lunch the first week it opened since it’s a quick walk from my office and haven’t bothered to return. I should…

    I was disappointed partly because I have (too?) high expectation on certain ethnic dishes. If it’s nothing at all what it’s supposed to mimic, the dish fails. Artistic license only goes so far. It’s like ordering pizza and getting gyros. I would discourage anyone from trying the pho appetizer if you know what pho is.

    My scallop entree was great. It actually made up for the awful rendition of pho and the poor and slow service. I wrote the service off as part of opening a new restaurant w/ inexp’d staff. I’m sure it’s better now…

  5. Quiniqua
    Posted September 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    I visited Parallax for the first time yesterday and the food was great!! Wonderful place! I cant wait to try the other restaurants!!