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May 25, 2008 10:54 AM

PALATE - amazing new restaurant in glendale!!

I went to the most fantastic restaurant last night. At first I was a little daunted at the idea of traveling to Glendale from Brentwood, but it literally took 25 minutes on the freeway! Palate, food and wine is a new venture by the former chef/partner of Patina, Octavio Becerra. The food was amazing!! Fresh in house churned butter, pickled peaches, fennel and cippoline onions w/an assortment of salamis and cured meats that were so spectacular, my mouth is watering again as I'm writing this. We had a "cannoli" that was so light and delicate, it really should have a new name created just for its self. The stuffed zucchini blossoms were perfect as was the evo baked tuna and tender and succulent short ribs. Each course was served with a different wine that was chosen by the sommelier - his choices were spot on, interesting, and all were wines we've never had before. I unfortunately didn't bring a menu home, but I feel confident in saying that not one entree was over $20.00!!! You can really tell that this place is a labor of love. The vibe was warm, relaxed and fun and there was a real sense of pride in everyone that worked there - from the hostess to the waitress and on down. I don't think I've had a better meal in years!!! Just had to share :) Has anyone else eaten there yet????

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    1. re: Diana

      It's on South Brand Bl. in Glendale -

      Truly awesome!!

      1. re: jsegal

        my server says that site doesn't exist. You sure of the addy? I thnk Palate is known amongst hounds. Never been myself.

        1. re: Diana

          Here's the site (but be warned it's still under construction).

          We've been twice since they've opened and enjoyed both dinners immensely. Can't wait until the back room opens.

          Palate Food & Wine
          933 South Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204

          1. re: Diana

            Went in today and talked to Octavio for around 30 or so minutes, even though they were closed. Truly one innovative menu, and an even more innovative wine list.
            To wine lovers who want to try some new, yet affordable wines, hit this place before SIV does.
            I will be this week, meaning Wed or Thursday. Really is nice, and the wine shop and food/marketplace in back will be opening in the next two or so weeks.

            1. re: carter

              Well, I actually got in last night, and what a joy it was to be offered an amuse of pickled plum with anchovy that was truly sublime, and I am NO lover of anchovy. Forget whatever you might have thought about an anchovy in the hands of this kitchen.
              Also, everything from the potted duck(mason jar) to the tartine of veggies to the scallops with cauliflower and apple were outstanding. Prices on the 3 food items were $5, $10, and $12.
              Wines offered in three different quantities, your choice, included a cotes du rhone, marc colin meursault, and grillet. Super idea of having quality wine by the glass.
              Lastly, the staff has really come together for a place only open for 2-3 weeks. Seasoned and knowledgable - what a combination, and a true testament to Octavio Becerra, the guru running around making sure everything is ok, preparing amuses, and doing whatever is necessary at any given moment.

      2. We loved it too! Super convenient from Atwater/Silverlake/Los Feliz, by the way. Had corn soup, squash blossoms, canneloni w/ artichoke & greens filling, and scallops. Also chocolate pudding. All superb. We asked for a recommendation on the white wine, ended up with a very distinctive, good sauvignon blanc from northern italy. Chose an oregon pinot noir for the 2nd, also intriguing, distinctive, and good quality if not stunning. This place has a super wine list (the wine store/bar in the back is opening in the next few days) and we loved that you can order a tasting, a regular glass, or a quartino of anything on the by-the-glass list. The staff really worked the hospitality thing, but they hardly had to--they had a respectable crowd already! This is a step or two up from Canele--let's say it is shooting to be 1/2 way between Canele and AOC. Possibly comparable to Rustic Canyon. They make their own butter, creme fraiche, salumi, pickles ... what more can you ask for? Plus they filter their own water, which is great, although $5 (for the entire evening's water) still seems a bit steep for those of us who are happy with tap water. Anyway, don't be put off by the weird location, and give it a try.

        1. The other chef, Gary Menes, is an acquaintance (actually, he's the cousin of my best friend). I enjoyed his cuisine at French Laundry, Firefly, and Eat on Sunset. Can't wait to head up there next month.

          1. I tried PALATE last night and have to say it was an incredible dining experience. I was so excited after our meal, I had to share. Amazing food. Amazing wine and cocktails (fresh from the market kumquat martini, mmmm). My girlfriend and I were asked to sit at the bar as we showed up without reservations (we went early so I didn’t think it would be an issue, but make reservations for sure if you are opposed to sitting at the bar or it’s a busy night). The bar proved to actually be a great move as we got hands-on, super attentive service from our brilliant bartender/server and occasional visits from the owner. The food was meticulously prepared. Visually beautiful and tasted amazing. We started out with the 'Porkfolio' which was one of the best meat samplers of that fashion I think I have ever had. It came with a variety of superb French mustards to accompany the meats (the lardo was exceptional). We also had the pickled ‘apriums’ which accompanied the cured meats extremely well and were sweet and tangy. I had the scallops with zucchini and mushrooms (not sure what variety of mushroom it was but they were super fresh and delicious and perfectly earthy) and my gf had the pork belly which was mind-blowing (crispy on the outside, tender, delicious melt in your mouth inside). I really can’t say enough good things about our meal and the overall experience, both of us were sort of in an afterglow of joy afterwards. I can’t wait to go back and try more of their pickled items and entrees. Everything was great and I really can’t think of a meal that left that strong of an impression on me in a long long time.

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            1. re: SecretHeadquarters

              we were also there for the first time last night. very close to perfection. we started with a jar of potted berkshire pork...if you could milk a pig and make butter, this is how it would taste. it was glorious. we also enjoyed the porkfolio, and especially the dark french mustard made with grape must. the apriums were great with the pork. the artichoke canneloni were terrific, delicate and delish. the ricotta gnocchi with peas and i dunno what else practically hovered over the plate, they were so light. asparagus with a duck egg and brown butter was rich and beautiful to behold. the oxtail and bone marrow plate was amazing, and two of us woke up dreaming about it. we had the pork belly dish as well, and it was as the above poster described...just unctiously, porkily good. i can't remember if we had any other dishes, other than a cheese course and one chocolate pudding to share. we really enjoyed the service, both from our waiter and the sommelier. we started with a rose, and then tried the sauvignon blanc made by the sommelier (white dog) which was crisp and food friendly. when the sb was gone, we switched to his red, white dog syrah, which was lovely with the pork dishes. the space is attractive, and even though it was crowded, the noise level was pleasantly manageable. the entire experience was great, and we are already planning to return and eat our way through the menu again. a photog from the LA times was there, so prepare for the place to be a zoo for a while.
              now that our fav neighborhood place, ingredients, has closed, we will be hopping on the 2 fwy to palate frequently. really, really good.

              1. re: chez cherie

                Wondering if it is open for lunch/brunch on Sundays?

            2. solid for a friday night (not our fave night to dine out). a veritable who's who in the dining room. professionally managed overflow for last minute guests in the back. food was more phenom than the first visit. now it's more than solid. it's great!