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933 S. Brand Blvd. (W. Acacia Ave.) Send to Phone
Market-driven small plates restaurant from Patina Group co-founder Octavio Becerra, with outstanding wine and cheese programs.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Palate Food + Wine, Glendale, CA

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Palate Food + Wine Restaurant Review

: Octavio Becerra, who co-founded the Patina Group, has emerged from Joachim Splichal’s shadow with Palate Food + Wine, a combination bistro, wine bar and wine shop in Glendale. The restaurant is situated on the ground floor of a respected wine storage facility, in the midst of a row of auto dealers. The airy space features soaring ceilings, an exhibition kitchen and towering goblets of faux grapes. Becerra’s menu of primarily small plates---one of the most compelling on the Eastside---changes regularly due to his longstanding relationships with local farmers. The “porkfolio” showcases various La Quercia meats and three mustards, while potted rillettes-like meats or fish, served in mason jars, are perfect for slathering on crostini. Nicely cooked, crispy-skinned salmon gets a simple treatment of Meyer lemon salsa, while a substantial slab of caramelized pork belly might be enhanced with tangerines and dates. Gnocchi are pan-seared in brown butter sauce, and laced with nettles and Parmesan, and grilled hanger steak might be paired with a velvety green garlic flan. A powerhouse wine list offers an international selection and prices suiting any budget (the French section alone ranges from celebrated Burgundies to modest, undiscovered wines from Languedoc). Every bottle on the list is available for purchase, and wine director Steve Goldun is generous with assistance. Palate emphasizes its cheese selection, filled with intriguing, hard-to-find varieties, but the dessert menu is brief. The often-presented bittersweet chocolate pudding, less dense than a pot de crème, is enlivened with a nice sea salt.

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Find Your Way to Palate Now!
by MyLastBite on Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:50 pm
When Palate Food & Wine first opened last May, I thought the restaurant was located in a mall. Specifically, I thought it was one of the new eateries at the "Americana at Brand" in Glendale. I immediately added it to my "eat there soon" list, but I hesitated making a reservation because it was in a mall.

For those of you (who like me) thought it was located INSIDE the Americana at Brand, the restaurant is actually a few blocks PAST the mall (if you're coming from the 134 freeway). It's on the right side (on Brand blvd) in between Garfield and Chevy Chase Dr. Just look for the Mazda dealership and you're very close.

What about the food? My husband and I loved it... so much that we ate there two weeks in a row. Chef Becerra was warm and inviting... like we were enjoying a meat at his home. Our favorite server was the charming Monica. Just like Chef Becerra, she made us feel comfortable and very welcome.

During our first dinner at Palate, our table was next to where Chef Becerra was expediting orders... which is absolute HEAVEN for me, except my back was to the chef and kitchen! My husband kept "oohing" and watching as Chef Becerra was finishing the plates before sending them out to diners. I made sure I had the better view on our second visit.

One of our favorite bites at Palate (so far) is a crostini with lighter-than-possible eggs, topped with shaved black truffles. It's an "off menu" item, so ask for it if you love truffles!

What we ate on both nights (Winter Dinner Menu #43):

Homemade butter with radish slices and fleur de sel, Pickled Persimmon $3, Porkfolio with Grape Leave Mustard $12, Potted Salmon Rillette $5, Short Ribs (with Pomme Puree) $19, Pork Belly (with Sweet Potato Hash) $17, Young Rabbit with Roasted Grapes $18, Scallops $12, Crostini with Eggs and Shaved Black Truffles (off menu item), Cheese Course: (Puits d'astiers,Brillat Savarin,Epoisses) $12. Photos on

If you haven't been to Palate Food & Wine yet, you should find your way there soon (it's not at the mall!).
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