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.

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  • Alicia at Poise in Parma

    I highly enjoy Zack Bruell’s food, but have yet to dine at Parallax. Hoping to change that with my upcoming birthday in July! It looks like you had a nice meal there. I’ll have to remember these selections: the fish for me, and the meatballs for my husband.

  • Ben

    @Alicia: I noticed on your blog that you’ve been to all of Zack Bruell’s other restaurants. We have yet to visit Table 45 or L’Albatros, but we’ll have to check them out soon! Parallax seems to change their menu often–I didn’t notice either the meatballs or that Mahi Mahi preparation on the menu at this point (we dined there last Friday). Everything was good, though, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

  • Bite Buff

    I need to get back to Parallax– it’s been years! I am a fan of Zack B. and have always enjoyed my experience at his restaurants. Some are just better than others, with L’Albatros being right up there. So get there soon! If you like cheese, don’t miss their cheese service. I made that mistake during my first visit.