If you have been to Palate before, this menu will look different to you. That is because Chef Jeff Jarrett has revamped the menu for the spring to reflect more seasonal food items.
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First Small Plate--Chicken Liver Pate with black currant jam, honeycomb, and grilled bread. The chicken liver pate by itself on the toasted bread was excellent. The extra crispy bread added an excellent contrast in terms of texture to the creamy and flavorful pate. The currant jam took this dish up a notch by adding a sweet component and really made this something I could have eaten a whole plate of. Although the presentation of the pate in the jar was fun, it became somewhat cumbersome because the top heavy jar kept falling over on the plate.
The drink menu at Palate offers a good selection of mixed cocktails and bottled beers (there are no draft beer options). Here is a look at what was being offered in terms of beers.
wine offerings.) With an excellent wine list, tasty mixed drinks and at least a few craftbeer options I'd give Palate a 3.75/5 for drinks. (Offering some draft beer options would increase this score in my eyes.)
Atmosphere and Service
When you enter Palate it is clear you are entering a fine dining restaurant. The colors are earthy and the atmosphere is friendly and warm. Our sever for the night was top notch. Her knowledge of the menu was excellent. In fact, after she went over basically the whole menu with us I asked her if there was anything she didn't know about it! Also, after our meal Chef Jarrett took some time to come out and talk to us about his menu, his restaurant, and other various food topics. It is clear from talking with him that he is dedicated to using fresh ingredients and to bring a fine dining experience to Strongsville! Atmosphere and service were as good as you'll find anywhere in Cleveland, downtown or suburbs, and gets a 5/5!
Palate lived up to all of the reviews I've read. Great food, great service and just a great restaurant addition to the southern suburbs of Cleveland. I highly recommend you make the trip to Strongsville to see for yourself just how good Palate is. Overall Palate gets a 4.5/5.
WhyCLE, Hungry In Cleveland, and Poise in Parma.
Disclosure: Chef Jarrett did have knowledge that we would be having dinner at his restaurant through the set up of our reservation. Our table was not granted any free dishes or discounts on any of our food or drinks.