Parallax is by no means a new edition to the Cleveland dining scene, but it’s nonetheless highly respected and Sarah and I had never made it there. As we were in the mood for fish and seafood (the specialties of the house), we decided to give it a try with Jonathan. We were happy we did.
The décor is stylish and upscale but not oppressively formal. We were surprised at the coziness of the establishment, which filled up not too long after we arrived at 6pm on a Saturday. Our table had a nice view of the kitchen, as did most other tables.
The menu is fairly extensive, and quite a lot looked good. We started with the short rib potstickers. These were excellent, with tender braised meat that reminded me of Michael Symon’s beef cheek pierogies. The sweet/hot sauce was a nice counterpoint, much better than typical dumpling sauce.
To drink I had the Basilico cocktail, a wonderful mix of gin, basil, grapefruit juice, triple-sec and lime. The citrus combination had elements of Margarita in the flavor, but the gin / basil / grapefruit made it unique and highly refreshing. It paired well with everything we ordered, and the tall serving glass was enough to last throughout the meal.
Sarah and I split the Mahi Mahi for our entrée. It was surrounded by a rich Indian tomato broth that nicely complimented the perfectly cooked, lobster-like fish. The spicing seemed south Indian, perhaps infused with citrusy curry leaves. (Note that the picture above shows only a half-portion; they were kind enough to spit the entrée in the kitchen).
We had the fried rice for our side, which was very flavorful and not overly oily.
Jonathan had the meatball appetizer for his dinner. The meatballs were tender and flavored with aromatic Indian spices (e.g. cardamom) and surrounded by curried tomato sauce. Jonathan noted that the flavors were unusual, but he very much enjoyed them. He liked everything else he tried, especially the rice.
Our service was also excellent, and we look forward to our next visit.