Thursday, December 21, 2006

Colour My Palate

I’m so pleased that there are more restaurants that are opening up around the area. Palate Palette is the first to open with two more restaurants to open before the year is over. Palate Palette is on Jalan Mesui, next to Sticky Fingers (which I am yet to visit). Just over a week old, it’s Californian cuisine revisited. Not like the fusion mumbo jumbo back in the late 90’s, this one serves up clean and healthy options to clean up our tainted palates. They are stressing on low carbs, low salt, low oil, low taste? They are not kidding too, I noticed the “ultimate burger” was bun-less. Eeep! Sis and I are corn freaks so we both ordered a snack size cup of corn soup each. They also have it in a larger portion that comes in a bowl. The soup was made of homemade chicken stock, chopped fresh sweet corn and a hint of ginger. It was alarmingly sweet but we were assured that it was the natural sweetness from the corn and not sugar. Even though it was sweet, I still enjoyed it. The tiny piece of puff pastry was appreciated like biscotti with coffee.
I ordered a crab and avocado salad that comes with butterhead lettuce and endive. It was a very generous portion of avocado and I liked hint of lime and onion that cuts through the richness of the avocado. I struggled to finish it as I was already quite full from the soup. We ordered some fried calamari to share which was a bit contradictory to their healthy cuisine but I suspect it was probably to appease those with “heartier” appetites. It came with two sauce options and I chose the one that peanut and honey one. Funnily enough, it tasted like sweet miso sauce to me. I liked the taste but I’m not sure that it went well together with the calamari. Sis had ordered the lamb and onions with yoghurt sauce. It was very tasty and with just the barest hint of salt.
We were not too keen on dessert as they only have two choices at the moment. Ginger crème brulee or green tea millefeuille. I only like to drink green tea but not eat it. The owners were really nice and let us try mini versions of both for free. They were both equally good. The brulee had the perfect consistency and the ginger was very subtle. The green tea cream on tuille pastry were nice and light. This is my kind of restaurant. Well, maybe not the decor because it reminds me somewhat of nursery school but I like that the natural food flavours speak for itself. Where tasty doesn’t mean swimming in oil, drowned in sauce and overwhelmed with chillies. A word of caution if you are heading over there. Its a bit of a mess on that road during the day as there is a service apartment being built but at night its back to normal. They are also closed on Mondays.

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  2. Yup, thats the one. Its nice not to have to venture far to have good food! I love living in the city!

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