Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Palate Palette

The vibes were right,
it’s about time, quite.
Twice postponed,
this colourful lunch, we owned.

.....

..... 20 minutes had passed and I still can’t get the next verse right in my head. I’m officially stuck. Impossible! I have all the right elements; a recent visit to a reading session at Seksan’s, a woman who has been a source of inspiration and a restaurant that screams colours.

What went wrong?!!

I need a drink. I remember the Golden Margarita we had that day. Yupe, that one with a sweet and sour pineapple taste. I still think it’s a lady’s drink: the shape of the glass, the way it is held, the rimming of the salt, the vibrant colour. Not quite a potent tequila/Galliano concoction but still, it humoured us.

It's already way past dinnertime but the thought of that petite bun makes me hungry again. Served warm, the slightly glutinous texture was wonderful. The crispy skin was thoughtful and I can still remember the scent that reminded me of a fresh bake.

And the Shrimp and Avocado Salad is perhaps one of the most photographed dishes at Palate Palette. With main ingredients (forming the shape of an igloo) like shrimp and avocado, the right word to describe the salad would be, rich. The use of crispy lettuce as a wrap gives an interestingly complementary texture.

Something smelt rather interesting as we discussed world politics. No, it was not a whiff of lemongrass. But apparently, of garlic. With pieces of bite-sized onion, it scented the potato mash rather pungently. A dig into the casserole revealed a mildly flavoured filling consisted of minced, braised oxtail with vegetables such as onion and carrot. Creatively simple (substitution of lamb/turkey with oxtail), hearty and could do without the accompanying mushroom sauce, this Oxtail Shepherd's Pie, I reckon.

Like the compulsory American Idol dinner or (for the unfortunate ones) supper on Wednesday/Thursday nights, the Petite Green Tea Mille Feuille is a must-try dessert here, at this restaurant. Break the layers with all your heart (as if to show your disapproval of DC's win) before taking a bite of the crispy pastry/smooth green tea paste combo. The buttery aroma of the pastry complemented the bow-shaped sweet paste (like the Archuleta/One Republic performance) while the raspberry coulis gave a touch of zing.

As I try to recall the topics covered, fragments of the attentive service, the culture-shocking hairy matter, the colourful deco and the endless shots (in vain) of the Cappuccino Crush With Hazelnut Monin Syrup come to mind.

And I as continue to recall and force myself to rhyme, I realise that I'm done with this post already. And am pretty happy about it (self-inflicted indulgence, as usual, LOL!).

Perhaps inspiration does not always translate into rhymes and reasons. Being inspired is already something to be thankful for.

Palate Palette
21, Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari
50200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : (+603) 21422148
Website : http://www.palatepalette.com/

Menu:
Golden Margarita - RM 20
Oxtail Shepherd’s Pie - RM18
Shrimp and Avocado Salad - RM18
Petite Green Tea Mille Feuille - RM13
Cappuccino Crush with Hazelnut Monin Syrup - RM11

Other reviews:
Lyrical Lemongrass
Paprika
Lotsofcravings Joe

20 comments:

Simon Seow said...

You should have take pictures with the Executive Chef, Paul. I think you both look alike lol.

CUMI & CIKI said...

where's the second verse..lol.. so cute.. just kidding! iv read blog on this place before, but somehow u alwys mk me feel lk im reading it 4da 1st time.. entertaining and fun!
keep it up u...

Kenny Mah said...

So the colourful one... But it's true! Lovely place and ambiance. I so need to head there again...

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Break the layers with all your heart (as if to show your disapproval of DC's win)..

Still in denial I see. :-P

Bernsy said...

veli veli nice....

Nic (KHKL) said...

simon, really? hmmm, full of facial hair lar, i guess...haha! you've taken pics with him?

cumi & ciki, second verse? haha! i guess it's still stuck in my head....hey, glad you enjoyed reading it. well, i certainly had a good time writing it! ;>

kenny, yupe, i thought the ambiance was more interesting than the food. a great place for a tete-a-tete...oohhh, are you bringing your devil wears prada there? cool!

lyrical lemongrass, what denial? :p it is very obvious who has better vocal and talent. and based on consistency and the finale, archuleta SHOULD win, right? ;> dc better pay for my ooh-la-la dinner...hahaha!

bernsy, stankew, stankew! i hope you enjoyed reading it as much as me recalling it ;>

ling239 said...

for awhile i tot DC is referring to David Coulthard...:p
but dun think he can sing at all hahahaaaa....

mimid3vils said...

The pie is full of ingredients!!!

JOjo said...

WOw~ ur pic is getting better n better~
Nice post! with lots of colours..hehe...

yammylicious said...

aww nice pic!! Petite Green Tea Mille Feuille really caught my attention!

KampungboyCitygal said...

i love their quick set lunch at rm 19++..vry affordable

ai wei said...

it's so colourful! this place definately can brighten ones up when he/she is down.

worth to visit e with the psychology medicure

team bsg said...

true, some striking visual effects are to side humour you others shaped to be spontaneously stoked and stroked in little whiffs but isn't life really about such fresh new sensations even a little bit of cravings, sometimes...
but make sure its not all the time

Big Boys Oven said...

I like the presentation of the dessert, looks so amaze!

Nic (KHKL) said...

ling239, hehe, i also dun think so...but he can sure drive a car..hehe...wah, you like F1 racing ar? very cool! ;)

mimi, yupe, the best part was the use of oxtail. rather unconventional, i thought. nice.

jojo, thank you, thank you, thank you! hehe....yupe, i was inspired by palate palette's colourful setting. and the company, as well. ;)

yammylicious, oh, you should try it! i thought it rather interesting. crispy pastry plus green tea paste...nice!

kampungboycitygal, wah, next time must ask you where to get a good set lunch already. too bad restaurants dont offer set lunches on weekends...sigh...

ai wei, yupe, yupe. i agree! plus the friendly service (and alcohol), i'm sure one will be cured from all the pyschological problems one has. well, at least for a few hours la. check it out, ya!

team bsg, we are always out for fresh textures and colours, arent we? it's all the raging-raging hormones, i guess and of course, some curiosity as well. it keeps us alive and makes respiration rather more interesting i guess.
and yes, sirrrr, one will behave well to get an A+ before year end!

fatboybakes said...

hmmm, i was telling lemongrass that despite all the brilliant photography (her post on the same subject), the food somehow just doesnt tempt me.... oh well....

fatboybakes said...

oh, i see u are an archu fan...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

i totally agree with the avocado prawns..its like their signature n i mean serious signature dish haha..every1 eats it!

sc said...

everything looks gorgeous there! was supposed to go, but could never find the time..must go now, must go! hehe

Nic (KHKL) said...

fatboybakes, yeah, i thought the food there was ok (the mille feuille was good) but it was the setting that made it rather attractive. great place to chill though.

yupe, archu fan here. well, i thought both the davids were good but archu certainly had better vocals. you are a "cook"ie, right? most of the bloggers i know are, too...

joe, yupe. all the reviews had a pic of that avocado salad..haha! the other one is the mille feuille. wanted to try the mushroom cappucinno as well but was too caught up in the discussion...haha!

sc, yeah, do check it out! it's a good place to just chill with friends. it's along the quiet jalan mesui somemore. psst, parking is a breeze :) and can hop over to jalan alor after that for more makan! :D