Pallet has been open for the better part of a year now and has comfortably settled its way into Salt Lake’s downtown dining scene. The cozy, neighborhood-feeling restaurant is known for its quirky and modern atmosphere. And the greatness doesn’t stop there :: the service is excellent, the location is different (in a good way) and the cocktails are impressively creative. Unfortunately, the food doesn’t quite make that list.
|The Pumpkin King had the perfect amount of sweetness.|
The menu at Pallet changes quarterly and last week they were just getting used to the new Winter menu. We ordered a whole hoard of small plates :: mussels, oysters, gnocchi, osso bucco (listed as an entree on the menu but shared between three of us), beets and truffle fries. Everything was good… but not great. The chef was trying hard but couldn’t convince me to fall in love.
|“Her Blonde Mohawk” was savory and slightly sweet.|
The cocktail list, on the other hand, definitely won me over. As a whiskey girl, I often struggle to find cocktails that aren’t overly sweet so I was quite excited to see so many savory-styled concoctions on the drink list. My favorite was the Pumpkin King, with Pig Nose scotch-style whiskey, pumpkin syrup, lime, bitters and ginger beer.
Other ones we liked were the Old Man Winter (Bols Genever gin, whole egg, benedictine, lemon and butterscotch), Her Blonde Mohawk (Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy, High West whiskey, Grand Marnier, lime, cinnamon syrup and balsamic fig jam) and the Southern Tyranny (Herradura Reposado Tequila, High West Double Rye, sugar, tomato, sage, grapefruit, bitters and Uinta Wyld Pale Ale).
By the end of the night we decided that we’d return to Pallet, but just do cocktails and a few small plates. Specifically the mussels and the gnocchi.
See my full review on Pallet here.