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hello1234 Aug 12, 2008 06:36 PM

I'm planning to go to Glendale's Palate food + wine this week, and i'm not sure what to order! i read all the reviews and everything sounds great.
One of the people i'm going with doesn't eat meat, are there any good seafood/pasta/vegetable dishes that you would recommend?
Thanks!

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    hello1234 Aug 15, 2008 12:09 AM

    Came back from dinner here and it was pretty good! the service was really good and out waiter knew a lot about the soup... The portions were really small, but the price was good.
    We ordered the stone fruit (the best! but i didn't really taste anything.. pickle-y?), and pickled apples, which were also really good, and the albacore tuna confit- also delicious. Then we had the soup, which was delicious!! and the presentation was pretty cool, and the corn ravioli (MY FAVORITE!), and then the pork belly (which i didn't try, but everyone said it was good) and the scallops, which was okay...

    Overall, i think i expected A LOT from this place. It was really good and definitely worth the money... but i did expect a littttle bit more because of every single good review i read.
    but i would definitely go back and palate is by far one of the best (and affordable) restaurants near my home. (:

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      revets2 Aug 14, 2008 02:00 PM

      you may also call in advance and request a tasting menu alerting them to the restrictions. let them know if you'd like to have something folks are raving about like the porkfolio.

      1. notmartha Aug 13, 2008 08:18 PM

        We liked the porkfolio and mason jar berkshire pork. Didn't have much luck with the hot dishes when we visited.

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          mandelabra Aug 14, 2008 10:09 PM

          Wow, notmartha, you are the first one I've seen here who isn't positively gaga about this place, other than me.......what a relief! When I was there maybe a month ago, I had a lamb dish that was almost entirely fat, rather than meat on the chops -- not delicious, savory heirloom fat, but regular old slimy, yucky fat! And everything else that my dining companion and I had was utterly ordinary, not at all transcendent. Maybe it was an 'off' night, but it's going to be hard for me to get my mojo back to revisit this place.

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          hello1234 Aug 13, 2008 06:46 PM

          Everything sounds great! I've made my reservation for tomorrow (which i called one week ahead)... I tried making one a couple months ago (called the day before) and they told me they were booked for the whole week!

          I definitely have pretty high expectations for this place!

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            sibaik Aug 13, 2008 01:18 PM

            I'm going this Saturday and I'm excited. They were booked 2 weeks in advance for a Saturday night.

            1. tatertotsrock Aug 13, 2008 01:05 PM

              They have wonderful fish dishes.
              I have had the halibit, the scallops, and the sea bass...the sea bass being my favorite.
              Now, it's usually one fish of the night, these were enjoyed on 3 different occaisions.
              They have a great stemed veggie thing that is hearty and delicious. The tomato salad that was on the menu last night looked amazing but I got the fresh vegetable soup that was excellent. There are many options, and the cheese plate and the bread and butter can sustain me for years! Mmmm.
              Enjoy!

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                nosh Aug 13, 2008 11:13 AM

                Hope you already have your reservation. Palate is the featured restaurant review in today's Food section of the L.A. Times, and Virbila gave it a very impressive rating. Many SoCal 'hounds have issues with her, but you can bet that the place will be packed for the near future. Her review describes much of the menu, but she seemed to like pretty much everything so I guess you'll be left ordering what appeals to your tastes and fits your dietary restrictions.

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                  jbeecher Aug 14, 2008 05:05 PM

                  Could you elaborate on the SIV point? Just curious if hounds share my own criticisms of her -- primarily that she can put inordinate focus on ambience above food -- and/or what other issues hounds have with her reviews.

                2. scurvy Aug 13, 2008 08:01 AM

                  There are tons of pescatarian options. My vegetarian friends loved the squash blossoms, the pickles, the asparagus with egg and the cheese plate (and I did too).

                  I had the scallops once and found them not as special as everything else we had. You may want to work around that dish if it is still on the menu.

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