We were a drive-by dining. My husband and I were celebrating our 5th anniversary, and happened to see the Global Palate tucked away on the side of 9W. We pulled in, and they had just opened their doors for the evening. The menu looked phenomenal, the atmosphere was charming, and the staff quietly friendly and efficient. Everything on the menu was locally grown and perfectly prepared. We started off with a bean soup that was solidly tasty and a basket of fries with truffle oil and parmesan that were out of this world. My husband tried the sun-dried tomato and potato dumplings with braised cabbage and fried kale, while I tried the duck confit. Presentation and taste left nothing to be desired. I would have given 5 stars across the board, but we left with a bad taste in our mouth. The meal ended with a coffee, served with cream and local organic sugar cubes. We aren't sure if it was in one of the sugar cubes or the cup, but somehow a denizen of the air (aka fly) found its way into my coffee. We were discreet in bringing it to our waitress's attention so as to not cause a scene, as we understand that these things happen occasionally in ANY restaurant. However, we felt that it was not addressed in a manner that would make us feel wanted or comfortable in coming back. After we expressed that we did not want a replacement coffee, it was quickly removed and a check brought to us with no further ado. We weren't looking for any grand gestures, but it felt as though we had suddenly become unwanted guests by virtue of our discomfort. In all fairness, ours was a particularly unique and (hopefully) unusual circumstance, and the dishes served would have been the one of the highlights of our visit if not for that!
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