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chicken liver pâté, black currant jam and honeycomb, served with grilled bread:
…presentation was visually interesting, but made for some difficulty when passing among eight people.
wild mushroom bread pudding with herb smoked onions and balsamic:
…I had to stay away, Hans chose to stay away and a few others fought over the last bites.
braised pork belly with fingerling potatoes, mushrooms and smoked gouda sauce:
…utter deliciousness. This could easy phase into an amazing entrée dish.
duck confit with hoisin glaze, asian slaw and peanut sauce:
…incredibly tender and full of flavor, one blogger *MAY* have licked the bone clean while another *MAY* have claimed the rest of the slaw for herself…
Palate Caesar salad – romaine, dressing, crouton and roasted garlic/parmesan meringue:
…another nice starter option, although Hans said it wasn’t anything more than what you expect with a Caesar salad.
potato gnocchi, braised lamb, rapini, roasted garlic, ricotta salata:
…lamb AND gnocchi? It’s no wonder Hans ate every bite.
salmon with peas & carrots, garnished with ramp salsa verde:
…normally served with wheatberries, I went with the double veggie option. Thanks to Chef Jarrett for having flexible menu items that could easily be customized for those with dietary restrictions.
LONG STORY SHORT: There were just a few things I wasn’t crazy about. There was a definite heavier hand with the seasoning throughout all the dishes than I preferred. I also questioned some kitschy presentation choices, but I’m not one for eating out of flower pots, I guess. But overall, four couples had a lovely meal filled with tempting appetizers, satisfying entrees and engaging conversation. I suggest you head out to Strongsville ASAP. There are some promising things happening at Palate Restaurant & Lounge.
I encourage you to visit HungryinCLE, WhyCLE and Cleveland Food and Brews to see what my fellow dinners enjoyed that evening. Also, make sure to “like” Palate Restaurant & Lounge on Facebook and on Twitter (@PalateCleveland). You can also follow Chef Jeff at @chefjjjarrett.
Disclosure: As the bloggers in this story haphazardly arranged this dinner date via Twitter, Chef Jarrett learned they’d be dining at his restaurant. That evening, the bloggers graciously paid for all portions of their meal. They were grateful to have a moment of the chef’s time to discuss the restaurant’s location, the upcoming Dinner in the Dark events and their love of the Cleveland food scene. All of those bloggers’ thoughts and opinions were 100% their own. (And yes, I’m speaking in the third person.)