Glendale >Palate Food and Wine
mediocre food, worst my service, great place, outstanding restaurant, nice big airy room, very nice syrah, great service
Wrong Chef. Gary Menes was not the chef you acted inappropriately in my last review. I was given the wrong name.
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When Palate Food & Wine first opened last May, I thought the restaurant was located in a mall. For those of you (who like me) thought it was located INSIDE the Americana at Brand, the restaurant is actually a few blocks PAST the mall (from the134 freeway). It's on the right side (on Brand blvd) in between Garfield and Chevy Chase Dr. Just look for the Mazda dealership and you're very close.
What about the food? My husband and I loved it... so much that we ate there two weeks in a row. Chef Becerra was warm and inviting... like we were enjoying a meat at his home. Our favorite server was the charming Monica. Just like Chef Becerra, she made us feel comfortable and very welcome.
During our first dinner at Palate, our table was next to where Chef Becerra was expediting orders... which is absolute HEAVEN for me, except my back was to the chef and kitchen! My husband kept "oohing" and watching as Chef Becerra was finishing the plates before sending them out to diners. I made sure I had the better view on our second visit.
What we ate: Homemade butter with radish slices and fleur de sel, Pickled Persimmon $3, Porkfolio with Grape Leave Mustard $12, Potted Salmon Rillette $5, Short Ribs (with Pomme Puree) $19, Pork Belly (with Sweet Potato Hash) $17, Young Rabbit with Roasted Grapes $18, Scallops $12, Crostini with Eggs topped with Shaved Black Truffles, Cheese Course: (Puits d'astiers,Brillat Savarin,Epoisses) $12. Photos on MyLastBite!
Absolute Hidden Gem. This place is AMAZING. By far the coolest place Glendale, Silverlake or even Los Feliz has to offer. The plates are fun to share. The food is ridiculous. The wine list is absurd and you're even welcome to bring your own. The ambience is cool yet welcoming. Hands down, worth every penny (menu could be way more pricey if it wanted to be) and a great place to bring friends, family or visitors..or even just a date with your better half. You can ask for your own table if you want a private dinner or the communal high top tables in the back which are fun and inviting with a lot of cheese making action around you. Well worth every penny and worth the drive! Don't let the other reviews sway you differently, this is the place!
Bad food / service. You guys are nuts. The food is totally overrated. Mediocre fish, "root vegetables" are simply carrots, give me a break. Plus the service (a waitress named Gemma) was perhaps the worst I've experienced in Los Angeles.
Ham was very dry. I went to Palate for their heavily advertised Thanksgiving dinner. The others in my party ordered turkey and enjoyed it. I ordered the ham and was very disappointed since it was so dry it was literally inedible. The scalloped potatoes were greasy. The service was a bit spotty which was surprising considering the number of wait staff milling around. The bar drinks were very good. The decor is stuck in a time warp from the early nineties.
GREAT service; YUMMY food!! Rare find for Glendale!. I had dinner with a friend at this place just last week. It was fabulous! The hostess, bartender and waitress were very polite and amiable. And, for once, the waitress actually knew the menu and what she was talking about! I ordered the braised veal breast and my friend ordered the lamb - both were mouth-watering!! As for their wine offerings (despite the fact that they do not serve Malbec), we were recommended a Syrah that was very nice... so much so, that we ordered three glasses. After our meal was over, we had an after dinner cocktail at the bar, at which point the owner and head chef came over to ask us how our meal was. He was very cool, fun, and down to earth... and later offered us a complimentary cheese platter. No way can I complain about this place!! I'm planning on going back soon to check out their wine tasting bar and lounge. The back end of the restaurant has a totally different feel, very trendy, yet casual. I can't wait!
This friendly eatery and wine bar is putting Glendale on the culinary map by attracting wine aficionados, cheese lovers and foodies..
This gastronomic destination headed by Octavio Becerra, former executive chef and partner at the Patina Group, has an unmistakable focus: Wine. And if the giant goblets of overflowing grapes flanking the restaurant's interior don't give it away, the remarkable wine list--outnumbering the food selection 10 pages to one--should. It goes without saying that the wine program, with both international and domestic labels, goes toe-to-toe with L.A.'s best. With an "eno-gastronomic" library in the back that houses approximately 300 books on such topics as French wine regions and which cheeses to pair with what wine, Becerra has made this foodie outpost one of the most welcoming places to get friendly with wine. But don't discount the food selection here--the menu is kept intentionally small to allow for weekly changes according to available local ingredients. Also, the homemade butter served with a changing garnish (could be radish one night and shaved fennel the next) is a feast in itself.
Good Food, Bad Service, Too Pricey!. I have to let you know how disappointed I was with our meal. It started with our table not being ready when promised. We went to the buy and was all but accosted by the bartender. I have never been treated so rudely or aggressively by anyone in my life. He really should be fired. this is the first impression you have of the restaurant? Then we were finally taken to our table and served by a very nice waiter named May_lin. She seemed to know what she was doing, but when we ordered a 2nd bottle of wine it took her 15 minutes to get it and when it came it was warm and had to sit on ice for another 10 minutes. We finally gave up on the 3rd bottle because it took another 15 minutes to get it, and once again it was warm. The biggest problem was when our food was served, 4 of us got our orders and the fifth just sat there with no food. When had to aggressively waive our hands to get anyone's attention. Finally a busperson spotted us and we told him of our situation. My friend finally got his food about12 minutes later when we were all finished. No excuses' or apologies for the error of our food order. I have a very wide circle of influence in the area (I'm a resident and business owner in Los Feliz) and unfortunately can not recommend your place because of the service...and don't get me started on the prices. A little bit steep in this economy and for it's location between a Dodge dealership and Honda dealership.
you will leave hungry.
We had reservations through open table but were told that there was only a communal table . A little disappointment there as the communal table does not have white linen and is not in the main dining room
The server (a French man) was outstanding and made up for our initial problem by giving us his own take on the dishes.
the ingredients are good quality but the overall preparation is a little bland and way overpriced because the portions are all tapas size The assortment of prosciutto and salami as an appetizer was tasty but there were thin ridiculously small slices of each for $ 12 The heirloom tomato salad for $ 9 is too small The 5 pickled mini onions are for $ 3The cannelloni for $ 9 come in 2 micro tubes 3 inches long and half an inch thick The chicken for $ 16 cooked sous vide was very moist but bland. The sauce that came with it was not identifiable
The recent review in the Los angeles times seemed to have liked the restaurant and apparently customers are coming in hords since the review and I understand why: it is a trendy clean restaurant from the same lineage as the partina restaurants maybe too loud and the ingredients are excellent but again she orders like she said ?the whole menu? . Of course and I am quoting everything is "maybe under $ 20 "but again maybe you have to order the whole menu
No wonder she did not leave hungry like I did and thankfully I hade a left over lasagna verde in the fridge that saved my night.
I would kindly advise to work on the sauces ( make them more vibrant and present) and increase the portions and I would be happy to come again and hopefully give this restaurant higher ratings. Also please DONT FORGET TO BRING BREAD to the table
PS the general manager was not available to speak to us when we complained to the hostess about the table ( We were told that he was very busy) but the reality was that throughout the evening he was wondering around NOT THAT BUSY.
Great Pate!!!. LOVE THE PATE!!! Oh and the bread and butter even though that is not a major part of the meal it was so hot and moist and yummy I could of had 10 more but I controlled myself, ahhh so hard to do. Try the pork belly so naughty but hey why not life is short go for the gusto. Nice wine list as well. Enjoy
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