After almost two years of serving Cajun cuisine to the Mission, Alba Rays is getting a little refresh — just in time for a three-day All Saints celebration. Those changes include both the dining room and the menu, which chef Adam Rosenblum will debut today.
The menu will change mostly in format, taking larger entrees and shrinking both size and price so that diners can sample and share more items across the table. It’s not exactly family-style, but it opens up the menu for exploring Cajun food more easily, Rosenblum told Eater. The menu will also be a little more flexible, with seasonal additions and more local produce, though all the favorites like gumbo, jambalaya, oysters, and fried chicken will still be there.
“When we were opening I wanted it to be really true to New Orleans with traditional items but now we’re going to incorporate more of the Northern California cuisine and agriculture,” says Rosenblum. “We’re becoming a little more seasonal, a little more comfortable in our skin.”
Inside, the restaurant will retain its New Orleans vibes, but the booths and flow have changed under the direction of designer Nick Roberto (True Laurel, Trick Dog). More art on the walls, and decor like vintage brass instruments are part of the new look as well.
To show off their handiwork, Rosenblum and his team are having a party they hope will become annual, starting tonight and ending Friday, November 2. Starting at 5:30 p.m., guests in the dining room will receive everything on the special lineup of dishes below for a $38 prix fixe; bar diners can order a la carte. There’ll also be live music from the MJ Brass Boppers from 7 to 9 p.m, drink specials, and guest bartenders. Make a reservation here, or just show up.
All Saints Prix Fixe - $38
- Mixed greens salad with raw and roasted vegetables and buttermilk dressing
- Cajun meat pie with green peppercorn aioli
- Black eyed pea cake with fall vegetables and pumpkin seed crumble
- Chicken and sausage jambalaya
- Spoon bread with chili honey
- Mac n cheese with roasted tomato
- Beignet with salted caramel sauce
-steak tartare with charred romanesco and celery salad
- seafood pasta monica with crab, shrimp, and oyster
And, starting Saturday, the new dinner menu:
- Alba Ray’s [Official]