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“Laughably untasty”
Review of Palate - CLOSED

Palate
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Palate and the staff are very excited to become part of Newtown’s dining scene. With careful design Palate will proudly serve seasonally inspired cuisine with an emphasis on sustainable farm to table methods, global influences and flavor while pleasing the palate.
Reviewed October 6, 2012

We've been looking forward visiting this place from the time it first opened. From the outside, it looked unpretencious but inviting. The menu sounded very creative, on the gourmet side, with a hint of local sustainability effort.
So, we finally made a reservation and patiently waited for the first available spot opened at 8PM for dinner. When we got in, there were two tables available for our party of four. We were pointed to the one in the center but we asked for the one next to the wall. "It would take 5 minutes" we were told which was a bit strange at first since both tables were clean. We understood the reason later - there are just two people waiting and cleaning the tables (about 15 total). Once we ordered we asked for bread but it did not arrive until after our dishes.
So, the dishes, simply put: very bad cooking. Bread tasted like it was put in the hot oven and taken out right away - hard crust and very doughy inside. Tomato soup - thick tomato paste with sprinkles of pistachio on top. They had a sign for leek soup special at the entrance. When we first asked for it, we were told (apologetically) that the sign was from lunch and now they serve squash soup. When one of us ordered squash soup, they came back saying "sorry, we are out of squash soup, would you like leek soup instead?" - very funny: serving lunch soup for dinner. The most amuzing thing about the leek soup - it came cold: of course, it was from lunch.
The rest of the dishes were extremely unappetizing: small portion of veal consisted primarely of fat, turkey burger - dry and plane, sauteed wild mushrooms - mostly white mushrooms - unseasoned, etc. The most laughable part - eggplant boulangery (?) Was actually not bad but it was "squashed" into the what looked like the remains of the very bad tomato soup...
Overall - very sad experience. Never again.

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

A limited variety of food from main courses to burgers. The burger was outstanding ,definitely one of the best I had in the area, I would return just for this. The crab cake sandwich was just as good. Be aware, this is a BYOB.

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Thank Wheelz369
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Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

Haven't been here for a year, decided to come back on our anniversary.
Service was very poor. It's a byob waited 15 min. after waiter said he'd be back right away. When he returned, he asked for our order & we said a wine opener! Said there was only 1 opener, he'll try to find it.
Food was minimal. The fish dish for $28 came with a 5"x2" strip of halibut with nothing else on the plate. Ala carte salad was very average. Served me the wrong dinner. Served undeniable polenta fries, no sauce, very starchy, no flavor.
Table next to us we're told their appetizer was served to the manager's parents, so they would have to wait a bit longer.
Don't waste your $ or your time!

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Thank 1BagTravel
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

3 friends & I dined for a B’day gathering at this BYOB. Disappointing! At 6:00p.m. they were already out of 2 entrees & it wasn’t crowded & just opened at 5:00p.m. The Duck confit/local cheese plate appetizer was more or less thrown together & presentation was lacking. Entrees were mediocre. Everything we asked our waitress for was never given to us. It became so humorous – we just had to laugh (whether it be a fork to serve the cornichons, lemon for water, a steak knife, water refill – anything! Also seemed short staffed. Not too busy for a Fri night. I think they started out w/a bang but seem to fizzling out.

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Thank JENNIE-A
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Had the scallops as an app they melted in my mouth best I've ever had...the halibut with lobster bisque was the due for as well!!

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Thank Keeperkate
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