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Palate Palatte Restaurant & Bar

>> Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Venue: Palate Palatte, Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur
Occasion: Hans' birthday dinner
Overall comment: Simple & nice ambiance restaurant & bar. The food isn't that great though. Prices of food & drinks are also slightly higher than my usual budget (my budget for meals aren't very high...hahaha...), but it's the KL-price that you can expect to pay. A pasta + drink meal will cost you around RM30 if you don't order anything fancy.
Halal: Yes

Frankly speaking, the PerutBesi has never heard of this place, nor has she been around this street. She rarely steps foot into the city, what more take notice of such a small & minor street. Haha...yes, I'm SO not from Kuala Lumpur. Thank goodness they have a website - a rather unique one, so I actually had a glimpse of how this place is like & what they serve here :)

Palate Palette is a small restaurant, tucked within the busy neighbouring area of Changkat Bukit Bintang. It serves mainly Western food, beer, & an assortment of drinks. Oh, did I mention that the place is somewhat like a house converted into a restaurant? It sure looks like one...

The interior of this restaurant is not really brightly lit. In fact, the restaurant is lighted with dim, warm, orange lights, scribbled with interesting designs on its wall, & furnished with a variety of furniture (without a standard theme...quite retro, I reckon).

Yes, without the camera flash, the place is actually not very bright. Low-lighting is just not nice for a compact camera like mine :(

There's a spiral-stairway that leads to the 1st floor of the restaurant. It's narrow & kinda scary, but I reckon, what's more scary is when the top floor is dark (lights weren't turned on)!

This is how the 1st floor/top floor looks like. It's a 'lil strange, in my opinion & scary-looking to a child. Those weird flamingos & a half-stuck giraffe on the ceiling....eek! The 'living room' style makes the place look quite homey & suitable for a small party though (but the lights have to be turned on!).

Without the lights turned on (and with only the flamingo lights turned on), this is how the place looks like....quite spooky, huh?

The menu is all words!
So use your imaginations to figure out how the dishes would look & taste like

Some of the girls at the party

Now, here comes to food...service is very slow...I think they either don't have many chefs in the kitchen, or they're just very slow in preparing the food & serving them!

Mushroom Cappucino (RM10.90/serving)
I ordered this instead of the usual mushroom soup as I found the name appealing. It does resemble the cappucino, no doubt, but it's like the usual mushroom soup that Rach ordered...hahaha...it's just more foamy/frothy + it's served in a cup instead of a bowl! I would like to highlight the difference in price as well! RM8 difference?? Wow...I'm not sure how much more soup is served in the bowl...certainly not double the portion in this cup! Btw, the mushroom soup is quite smooth, & has chunky bits of mushrooms, which was very pleasing, but it's ruined by the over-powering taste of the pepper :( bummer!

Mushroom Soup (RM18.90/serving)
This is the non-cup-a-cinno mushroom soup...same soup, but served in a different dinnerware.

Oxtail Shepherd 's Pie (RM18.90/serving)
It tastes pretty much like any usual shepherd's pie with beef...hahaha...basically, I really feel that all their dishes are heavy on the pepper! Kills the originality of the dishes :(

Sundried Tomato Battered Chicken Chop (RM27.90/serving)
My imaginations didn't paint this picture! I thought there would be some "fresh" taste of sundried tomatoes in some sort of gravy over the battered chicken...hahaha...I was wronged! Samson said the portion's a wee bit small for the price he had to pay, & the taste isn't all that great...I think KFC's more appealing to his taste bud! The corn in cob didn't do the trick for him as well since he's not a very 'hard-working' eater...hahaha...poor fella waited more than an hour for his meal cos they kept forgetting his order!! *sigh*

Thai Roast Beef (RM19.90/serving)
This one's quite interesting & probably the better dish among the rest. Portion's small, but the taste is quite delectable. The beef slices are not too thin, not too thick - just nice. It's a tad too sweet, but on the overall, it's alright. Bear in mind that this Thai roast beef dish is actually chilled, not hot/warm! I was SO surprised by it...

Lamb & Onion Sandwich (RM15.90/serving)
Steak & Cheese Sanwich (RM17.90/serving)
Thai Roast Beef Sandwich (RM17.90/serving)
Sandwiches...you can select either their wholemeal bread or the rosemary focaccia. Taste-wise, there weren't much complaints. I still think that coming all the way here for sandwiches aren't a wow-factor, but their other food items weren't exactly cheap, so the cheapest & probably most filling meal for students would be the sandwiches.

Chicken Lasagna (RM18.90/serving)
I had this instead of the sandwiches that most of the gang ordered. I wanted something different, but those that were REALLY different costs a bomb, so I settled for what seems like a second best; something that I haven't eaten for some time - lasagna. Nope, not the best. Portion's small & well, it's not fragrant/aromatic enough. Somehow it feels like some Prego sauce/tomato puree + a dash of herbs with some minced meat, tucked in between sheets of pastry & cheese. Hmm...you're not convinced to try this, are you? Put it plainly - it's edible, but don't set high expectations.

Asparagus & Smoked Chicken Penne (RM26.90/serving)
Pasta Carbonara (RM26.90/serving)
The asparagus & smoked chicken penne was a good surprise. Unlike the standard carbonara & bolognase, this dish doesn't have a very heavy tomato/cheese base, but is still pleasing nonetheless. The whole pasta experience is chunky & 'fresh' - as it's filled with vegetables! What a healthy dish...I've no idea how the carbonara tasted like as JJ didn't say a word about it! Hahaha...

Minimalist Burger (RM23.90/serving)
Len wanted something simple, & oh, he had it REAL simple, alright :S When the burger patty was served - no bread, no green, just the rib-eye burger, I was baffled. *rubs eyes in disbelief* This is it??? And for RM23.90???? You've gotta be kidding me! It's no bigger than the size of my palm! Mind you, my palms are quite small! I don't see how this can be worth paying the price...Len said it's not juicy nor very tasty. He could finish it in ONE mouthful...sigh...that's dinner for him....oh, what a 'simple' meal...what a rip-off (someone with a higher-class dining experience, please tell me that I am wrong...for a Chinese like me, I'm just too used to having things reasonably portioned, priced, & tastes good at the same time!)

Vegetarian Lasagna (RM18.90/serving)
Ah, this is an 'interesting' dish. Here's how Dr Noel describes it: uninspiring, no spirit, & spiritually dead . So go figure how he enjoyed his dinner...hahaha...

Chips & Dips (RM15.90/serving)
This is not too bad. It's the usual nachos with some salsa dip. I still prefer my chips & dips at Crocodile Rock in Kuantan! Those rock your socks off!

Here are some of the drinks that we ordered. The variety of drinks is quite extensive as compared to the variety of food :) However, I still feel that it's expensive. Hahahaha...PerutBesi is quite "kiam siap" (stingy) :P

Cappucino Crush (RM11.50/glass)
Iced Irish Coffee (RM11.50/glass)

Firefly (RM13.90/glass)
Pineapple & orange juice with lime cordial, grenadine & soda. Sounds & looks interesting, but Evie said it's nothing spectacular...hmm...wokaaay....

Mojito (RM21.00/glass)
Virgin Mojito (RM13.90/glass)
Lime, soda, mint leaves, & brown sugar (the "virgin" version is without Cachaça)

Apple Mint Juice (RM11.50/glass)
Sounds like something very refreshing, but unfortunately, there's more water than the apple juice.

Double Espresso (RM7.50/cup)

If you think that drinks like the Apple Mint Juice ain't refreshing & awakening enough, try this out. You should be wide awake at least for the next few hours...hahaha...

Caffe Latte (RM8.50/glass)

The party would not mean anything without the birthday 'boy'. "Mr Sim, big 'boy' d! Be good & love your future wifey like how Christ loves her!" :D

Birthday boy, Hans
Tiramisu by Alexis, Bangsar (RM126.00/1kg cake)
SWEET!! Okay, I'm not a sweet-tooth, so I may be the worst person to ask when it comes to "how do you find the dessert?" I prefer something less sweet. This tiramisu is coated with loads of crunchy nuts (to those who love nuts! I don't!! :S), caramel crisps, chocolate pieces, & of course the liquor-soaked cake. Somehow, I find this tiramisu to be 'so-so' only...strange. Where can I get EXCELLENT TIRAMISU?? *sigh*

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Palate Palette Restaurant and Bar
21, Jalan Mesui

50200 Kuala Lumpur.

(+603) 21412148
(+603) 2143 2148
Business Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday 12:00p.m. - 12:00a.m.,
Friday & Saturday till 2:00a.m.
Closed on Mondays
Website: Palete Pallete


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- Ruth


Obergaiman April 27, 2010 at 11:41 PM  

Aie could hef fit 3 of thouwse silliy burgur patties (not pate la you) in me mouwfth, Aie rekkon, but baiy thett taiym Aie'd hef bin brouwkke

PerutBesi April 28, 2010 at 12:56 AM  

->Obergaiman: I know!! U can SO call it SILLY burger patties! Akakakaka...your comment is FUNNY! Even that ONE patty also me will go broke d, whatmore 3!! Aaron says I should give this place a thumbs-down, but I'm just too compassionate...hahaha...this place is BANNED in PerutBesi's list of restaurants! :D

Henry Lee April 29, 2010 at 12:05 AM  

Wow... I think they really earn from the drinks... the gap between the drinks and food price are not too big... anyway, i really do like their deco, very creative n nice lighting but with flash on, it looks kinda dull... haha

PerutBesi April 29, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

->Henry Lee: Tell me 'bout it...the prices are quite crazee! It may be bcos of the area...near Bukit Bintang la...can expect the prices to be slightly higher than usual. I don't mind paying more if the food is good...deco is unique, but it's not the highest "pulling factor" for me to dine at a restaurant :P

thule a.k.a leo April 29, 2010 at 12:38 PM  

Yeah.. one will not know if you don't explore the surrounding area of Changkat Bukit Bintang :)

Anonymous August 10, 2010 at 10:24 PM  

You're right about the Alexis tiramisu,it ain't great anymore.The price has gone up but the quality of the ingredients has gone done..so sad.The tiramisu at Maria's(Damansara Perdana)is pretty good.

PerutBesi August 11, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

->Anonymous: Thanks for dropping by :) Would be lovely to know who you are...and thanks for the recommendation! Will try it out when I've the chance! :D

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