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Apr 8, 2007 03:47 PM

La Palette? Non, La Poopette.

My good friend and I had been excitedly anticipating a Sunday brunch date for a while now. Since he works most Sundays, we never had the chance. Then, the day came. His first Sunday off since he began his new job several months ago. We searched the internet for places to go. We wanted to go somewhere that served:

French cuisine...La Palette.
Close to home...La Palette.
Not too expensive...La Palette.
With good reviews...La Palette.

Well...If you expect:

A server who brings you cold Earl Grey without milk or spoons...La Palette.
A cold, empty atmosphere, yet insanely slow service...La Palette.
A waitress who visits your table, every 20 minutes, or so...La Palette.

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    1. Perhaps I am wrong here, but I always thought that Earl Grey was supposed to be served without milk unless one was to ask for it?

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      1. re: Non Doctor

        In any case, she served mine with a bit of milk, so one would expect she would do the same for my friend. Trust me though, that was the least of our worries.

      2. Wow. I have been to la palette a half dozen times in the last year (though never for brunch) and I have never had anything less than a wonderful time with terrific attentive service, and terrific food. Honestly, it must have just been the server you had. Not excusable, perhaps (I too would be furious), but really nothing like the La Palette I know.

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        1. re: bluedog

          Well bluedog, this points to something that was reported in another thread: La Palette is madeningly inconsistent in both service and product.

          1. re: A Train

            I haven't been paying attention. I guess I've just been really lucky! This thread won't stop me from going back, however.

        2. Did you enjoy the food that you ate?

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          1. re: pescatarian

            Yup, every time! Nothing spectacular, but well done French bistro food at very good value IMHO. A highlight for me recently was steak tartare, about as perfect as I've ever had, with interesting spicing (a bit of a bite to it, which I like). As I said, the service was attentive, and we got into a long discussion with the server about the wines who lead us to some interesting choices. As I said, just the opposite of thecrook's experience.

            One difference might be, however, is that we often go fairly early on in the evening when they are not so busy. Can't attest to their efficiency in rush situations.

            Note, also, that we have been once or twice with our 11yo daughter, who was both welcomed and treated as a regular patron, not just te kid at the table (our daughter understands restaurant culture and is very well behaved).

            1. re: pescatarian

              The food was alright. I ordered La Omellette de Palette, or something like that. It was salmon, asparagus and cherry tomatoes in an omellette, served with frites and salad. I thought it was good, but my friend said he had tasted much better before. The frites are delicious and served with a mayo dressing.