l’albatros set to open on monday

L’Albatros, the neo-brasserie housed in the former That Place on Bellflower space, should be open for business on Monday. But just to be safe, better call before you go: 216 791 7880.

This restaurant will be the third eatery for Zack Bruell, who also owns one of my favorites, Parallax, as well as Table 45.

Look for a pizza oven in his latest endeavor as well as a menu that will emphasize rustic and earthy dishes, with an average check around $15, according to a PD article back in the fall.

I’m a big Bruell fan so I have no doubt this place will do well and make us regulars. It will also be a great addition to the area, since the loss of Club Isabella, That Place and my one-time favorite up the hill, Battuto.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted December 3, 2008 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Was it intentional to name a restaurant “The Albatross” which is symbolic of a terrible burden? Is this some sort of dark humor?

  2. c.h. luke
    Posted December 3, 2008 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    in the poem “rhyme of the ancient mariner”, the albatross was actually good luck. it only became a burden when the mariner killed it. (the negative connotation is the one that has survived, though.)

    albatross is also a golf term. i believe it means a three-under-par shot — as in birdie, eagle, albatross. mr. bruell is an avid golfer, i think.

  3. michelle v
    Posted December 3, 2008 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    He is a big golfer, so that would make sense. He was telling me about his golf game when I interviewed him.

  4. Alexa
    Posted December 3, 2008 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    golf for sure.

    the old that place on belflower is a great venue. amazing patio. i can’t wait to check it out!

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    Posted December 7, 2008 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

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    I’m going to try and hit this place this week. Parallax is one of my favorites. Table 45 not so much. This is going to fit a niche the east side is in need of. If I want to lay out bigger cash, there are plenty of options for dinner. But if I want something a little cheaper, well, I have to go to the west side.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    I”m a server/food runner for L’Albatros. Keep on Eye on The PD’s TASTE section this Wednesday for the feature article on the restaurant. if you want to get in before the possible media incited rush, its open for Business tomorrow. 5:30pm.

    its an amazing place!!

  7. michelle v
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the heads-up on the article tomorrow. Looking forward to checking out the new place – will probably try to go in the next few days – before the baby comes. It’s next on my list for Metromix.

  8. Anonymous
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I was fortunate enough to attend the soft opening of this new east side gem last night and I must say that I left satisfied.
    The restaurant has a very clean, minimalistic design to it. For the most part the entire place is draped in brilliant white which helps to provide a cozy feeling amongst the dim lighting. The bar was lively and seems like the perfect place to warm up with a beer and a cup of onion soup gratinee.
    The menu is pretty extensive, loaded with classic French braises, pates and charcuterie, confits, and even a pair of vegetarian options.
    To start my father and I shared the pork and veal pate and the sundried tomato and goat cheese tart. The pate was pretty good; sliced thick and served with assorted pickles and watercress. The tart, however, hit the spot. It was warm and loaded with enough goat cheese to cut through the savory crust and bitter frisee. For my entree I selected the pork two ways. I was presented with a large portion of melting pork shank, seared shortribs, fried cauliflower, and a very nice whole grain mustard sauce which was ideal for cutting through all the richness of the dish. I washed the dish down with a tall glass of Chimay which didn’t hurt either. My father went with the servers suggestion of sauteed skate with brown butter. The skate was cooked perfectly to preserve the sweetness of the flesh. My father, who is not a very adventurous eater, cleaned his plate.
    As far as the $15 check average, I believe you will have to show up for lunch. Dinner hors d’oeuvres, salads, and desserts averaged out at about $8 while entrees ranged from $12 – $28.
    Overall I was impressed with my visit and capped the night off by having a great conversation with Chef Bruell about being a young cook trying to make it in this city. Who knows, maybe someday I will be preparing the wonderful food that I hope you all get a chance to try.

  9. michelle v
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for posting about your experience – can’t wait to try. And good luck to you!

  10. Anonymous
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    I went to L’Albatros last night and will be posting about it in my blog tonight (I even have pictures!).

    This place was AMAZING. It had some slight organizational issues and the server should have brushed up on the menu a little more… But I expected that, it being the first night the restaurant was open to the public. It was EXCEPTIONAL.

    We had:
    – Chicken Liver/Foie Gras Mousse with toast points
    – L’Albatros (House drink made with Absinthe, pineapple juice and fresh mint)
    – French Onion Soup
    – Skate Wing (Jeff)
    – Steak Frites (Me)
    – Pineapple Tarte Tatin (Pineapple tart with puff pastry, caramel, and coconut ice cream on top)

    I’ll post more about it tonight (and I’ll post some pictures)

    (I’m at work and it won’t let me log in here…But I’m on your “follower” list as Cara.)

  11. joy
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    According to Baudelaire it seems to me, the poet, like the albatros lives in another world. A world removed – distant – from most of us. The danger to the poet – as for the albatrose – is when she or he is taken in by those parts of life which make us small and petty.

    Between the food and wine and atmosphere, an evening at L’Albatros gives us the chance to leave our small selves behind for a while. Like the poet, we can fly – if only for a few hours.


  12. Emily
    Posted January 12, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Wow! We went on a whirlwind tour of 3 restaurants on Saturday night. This was by far the star! We had a roasted artichoke with lemon aioli and the mussels & pommes frites. It was fantastic. The mussels are fantastic. They were covered in wonderful fries. The aioli is spicy & it was amazing. It sounds crazy but it was incredible. The artichoke was also fantastic. We were thrilled and can't wait to go back.

  13. emeryspeaking
    Posted January 16, 2009 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    The cheese plate is truly exceptional with cheeses both local and far flung. The cheese man is thrilled about cheese and happy to share stories.

    Food, service, and total package here is smart and wonderful.

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