Fine Palate cafe
51 Waterloo street
Really cute petite burgers filled with succulent, juicy and thick beef patties and thin slices of bacon. Beef patty was of the right texture too and not hard at all. The bread is soft and since it is small, you wouldn’t feel that guilty after eating it.
Tuna that is cooked on the outside and raw on the inside. Don’t think it is seared as it doesn’t taste that fragrant or charred. This dish was a little bland tho I thought and could have been improved if the outer layer was seared.
Seared salmon which has a really crispy skin and cooked well. No fishy taste at all. The potato slices tasted fragrant and creamy as they are held together by cream. The tomato though, tasted really just like mashed tomatoes without any seasoning. Not an impressive mains, and with a price tag of $32, I thought it could be done much better.
Veal cheek with mash. This was much worth it I felt as it’s much more substantial. I like the mash as it doesn’t feel buttery at all. Actually had a slight herb taste and I think that prevents you from feeling queasy after eating too much. Sauce was thick and flavourful too. And the small fried shallots made it even more fragrant.
Sticky Rum and raisin pudding. Felt a little bit of south east asia influence in it as it is coated with coconut flakes. The pudding was a little dry I thought and tasted pretty normal actually. The hazelnut ice cream was however smooth and creamy which complements the pudding. Maybe I would prefer sticky toffee pudding actually.
The highlight of the day – White chocolate and pistachio bar. Thought this dessert was smartly executed. White chocolate goes immaculately well with the pistachio bits. The white chocolate is soft, creamy and thick and has a good consistency. The ice cream complements it and brings out the taste of white chocolate.
The food served at Fine Palate cafe felt really English. As I am not a fan of English food, the dishes I had did not stand out greatly but is nevertheless palatable. It felt like normal food that I could get in UK but more expensive. Still a nice hang out place to go to and I like the white chocolate bar dessert which looked very appealing and indeed tasted delicious. Spent a total of $74 and for such a meal with such a presentation, I could get it easily at 25 pounds (~$50) in London. So, it would be a place that I may not visit again but if you like English cooking, then it might be the place for you!