Whew. Sorry for the long title. SOMETHING appears to be going on at Albany Bistro on Solano.
There is now wild game on the menu and some German dishes like the donuts called krapfen. This is the year of the donut for me. Wouldnt you just know Id find yet another variation?
This link describes krapfen and has pictures.
I decide to check out their $4.95 lunch special and it was surprisingly good. The link to the $4.95 lunch menu is below. There is a choice of three mains and two sides. Mains can include Schnitzel, stewed beef, roast chicken, meatloaf, pasta well check out the menu link.
Sides are any two of the following: Garlic Bread, Soup of the Day, Fries, Mashed Potato, House Salad, Pasta, Vegetables, Rice, Fruit (seasonal)
The three course $13.95 prix fix is now available all night. The current choice of main dishes is: Basa, braised leg of lamb, pork loin, and roast chicken.
The regular dinner menu has ostrich. On New Years Eve there will be venison in addition to Lobster and Beef Wellington.
The $4.95 brunch offers:
Gravlax scrambled eggs with onion
Meat loaf and two eggs any style
Sloppy joe and two eggs any style
Schnitzel (pork) and two eggs sunny side
For a bit more there is duck sausage with eggs, stir-fry rock shrimp, lamb or pork loin with eggs. Three egg omelets with home fries and fresh fruit start at $5.95.
And theres that $1.50 champagne or mimosa.
The quality of the lunch was good. There is nice crusty bread with butter. I stopped by five minutes before closing, so the chicken was sold out. I had a large slice of a decent quiche, green salad and vegetables (lightly buttered broccoli and cauliflower perfectly cooked). The salad was just mixed lettuce lightly dressed, but it did not appear to be from a bag, the pieces were larger and irregularly cut. Portions are generous.
Quite frankly, last summer I tried the $13.95 prix fixe and was very under whelmed. So under whelmed that when the price for a $4.95 lunch went up, I ignored it until Monday.
I never reported on Chowhound because the people at the restaurant are so very nice and the owner, Linda is pleasant. There didnt seem any reason to possibly discourage even one diner from a place that was obviously struggling.
But what a change. Ive only been to Alban Bistro that once, but I dont remember any German dishes on the menu. I would suspect there is a new chef. Didnt ask because I didnt read the take-out menu until later.