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Palm has been on Palmerston Road for the best part of twenty years and
according to sources has always been a good, consistent family-run
restaurant. The heavy blinds that adorned the windows made the Palm
slightly unapproachable and the menu in the window was unlit and just
above head height (I'm 5'11'') which made it difficult to understand
what was going on - generally. Maybe for these reasons I had personally
never set foot in the Palm. But in the interests of E17 Food and Drink a
team decided to take the plunge.
It was between Christmas and New Year - we called to make sure they were
open. ''Yes, sir'' was the reply. So, full of expectation, we headed off
to Palmerston Road only to find that there was sign on the door...
''Closed''. The restaurant was full and we guessed that there was a
private party going on - a breakdown in communication obviously, but odd
and slightly annoying nonetheless.
we returned about a month later it was obvious that there had been some
changes. The heavy drapes had gone and the restaurant was lit with
bright fluorescent tubes. We entered and quickly realised that the Palm
had changed ownership (our first visit was their closing party - what
only was the interior very bright and, as mentioned in the review below,
a bit shabby, it was also very quiet and with no background music this
made us all feel a little self-conscious and we resorted to speaking in
hushed tones - a bit like one does in a church. Service (no pun
intended) was very laid-back, friendly, helpful and slow – but, hey,
there was no hurry (yet), and I got the impression that the waiter was
helping out in the kitchen.
were five of us and we did order far too much food which arrived in
dribs and drabs. We
chose a combination of samosas, curries (both meat and vegetable), rice
and dhosa. The
first dish to arrive was a devilled fish curry which was very nice but
with nothing a accompany it we were in a quandary - eat it, or wait and
let it get cold. We kind of did both.
the dishes we ordered finally stopped coming the conclusion was that it
was very good, flavoursome and freshly cooked South Indian food. If the
ambience had been a bit more relaxing the timing of the food would have
been less important.
I urge you all to try the Palm and maybe one day they'll turn the lights
down a bit, put some music on and get some more blinds!
We visited this restaurant on a Wednesday evening after looking for something different and authentic. The
decor, whilst a bit shabby gave the impression of an unpretentious
family run restaurant.
The waiter was very helpful and friendly,
explaining the menu to us as a lot of the dishes are unfamiliar.
We started with a lamb samosa and some
'deviled chicken' both of which were excellent - the devilled chicken
being a fusion of Chinese stir fry with fresh curry leaves. Yum.
We then had a masala dhosa, chicken
biryani and dhal .All were lovely, but what struck us was the intense
flavours and the freshness of everything. We
are definitely going back.
We had a good chat with the owner and he
said he has plans for redecorating the place and investing a bit in
the restaurant as he has recently taken it over. We
said thats great but keep up the quality of the food ! Marvellous.
Posted January 28th
After moving further away we’d got out of the habit of visiting the
Palm, until I happened to walk past recently, and picked up a simply
gorgeous scent of Sri Lankan cooking
Our next dinner from the Palm had to be a takeaway. The restaurant
was much the same as before (decor could do with some accents of light
and colour) but comfortable and pleasant. It must have been there
for around ten years now. Not very busy on this occasion –
undeservedly as we quickly found out. The food was ready within a
minute or two of the time agreed, and we weren’t disappointed.
Sri Lankan food seems lighter in oils than the ubiquitous Bengali
cuisine, and emphasises seafood rather more. We started with a
Bonda and a Masalla Vadai, both rather indescribable but delicious.
The fried chicken is simply to die for. We also had squid curry,
pumpkin curry and drumstick curry – all made from top quality
ingredients and dressed in exotic spicy sauces with accompanying
garnishes in numerous little pots. The base (starch) component we
chose (as ever) was Pittu – a crumbly roll made from ground rice with
a little coconut, with an intriguing texture, plus “String Hoppers”,
something like a very fine vermicelli, again made from rice. Both
are substantial but somehow don’t produce the stodgy feeling I
associate with “Indian” food. We finished up with the Kesari
dessert: like a nutty Turkish delight. We were certainly delighted
– we’d ordered wildly more than two of us could eat and the bill was
£22. We’ll be back.
Caution – Sri Lankan food can be astonishingly hot if ordered
recklessly (as I once found out) so give the helpful staff every
opportunity to get it right for you.
14th October 2009
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