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March 2007
Tempting Your Palate
Restaurant Review by Maureen C. Wyse

 

Ronald Wong, owner of Vegetarian Palate.
Photo by Kevin Lysaght

At lunchtime, when our tumblies go rumbly, we call on Vegetarian Palate. With a $5.95 lunch special, this place is Satya’s number one go-to joint. Curry Chicken with Potatoes, Buddha’s Deluxe, Peking Spare Ribs and many other options are served in lunch-size portions with rice and your choice of Hot and Sour Soup, Corn Chowder or spring roll. Add a creamy Fruit Shake ($3.75)—fruit of your choice blended with soy ice cream in a whole variety of flavors including cookies n’ cream, cherry vanilla and chocolate—and you’ve got the perfect meal.

Park Slope, Brooklyn is home to this Asian themed veggie restaurant, complete with every Chinese menu staple made vegan—your General Tso’s Chicken and Sweet and Sour Pork dreams come true ($9.95). (Note: some dishes use egg noodles but rice noodles are also available.)

Start off with one of the many hearty appetizers, from our favorite Crispy Nuggets, soy chicken breaded with panko breadcrumbs, rosemary, basil and oregano ($6.95), Sugar Cane Drumsticks ($5.95), Deep Fried Wontons ($4.75) to their savory Curry Rolls ($2.95).

And move on to any of Vegetarian Palate’s tasty mock meat and fish dishes like their Mongolian Pepper Steak, Hawaiian Chicken ($9.95) and Seafood Extravaganza ($11.95). Or go veggie with their garlic Sauteed Broccoli ($6.95), Fresh Asparagus-Seaweed Rolls ($9.95) and Spicy Marinated Celery ($7.95). Their menu is extensive and the quality of the food really never skips a beat.

Rare vegan dishes like Crispy Eel ($9.95), Vegetarian Goose, Cornish Hen, Shrimp with Lobster Sauce and Lion’s Head with Greens ($10.95) are also available. While I have never tried any of the “real” versions of these, it is incredible how a bunch of wheat and soy can transform into some of my new favorite dishes.

The truth is, the Satya staff has tasted so many of the items on offer and we easily recommend them all. We find ourselves, however, scratching our heads over the Banana Chicken Rolls appetizer ($5.95). Eric Weiss, Marketing Manager of Satya explains it like this, “I order them every month to decide whether I love them or hate them.” But let’s be honest, where else are you going to get an extra large deep-fried spring roll filled with tender soy chicken and sweet, ripe bananas? Dip these in ketchup and you’ll have an experience to tell others about, that’s for sure.

Dining in, delivery or take out, Vegetarian Palate gives quick and efficient service. They’re open fairly late and provide a whole smattering of tastes from delicious Chinese soups in Miso and Hot and Sour to chicken and turkey sandwiches, noodles, and veggie dishes. Feeling under the weather? Grab their Mixed Greens Noodle Soup ($3.50-5.95) and Cleanser juice smoothie with fresh pineapple, apple and ginger ($3.75). Feeling hungry? Go for their Texas Fried Chicken served with tater tots and a hickory barbecue sauce ($9.95). Craving a snack, try their crispy Scallion Pancakes ($2.95) and steamed Spinach Dumplings with cabbage, mushrooms and bamboo shoots ($5.50). Any reason? Grab Veggie Palate.

We salute our hometown heroes, Vegetarian Palate as our Park Slope staple. They come through every time we say, “Lunch.” Their food is always fresh, hot, made to order and delicious. Plus, their delivery guy, Jeffrey always gives us excellent service with a huge smile.

Vegetarian Palate, 258 Flatbush Ave, between Prospect Pl. and St. Marks, Brooklyn. Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri&Sat 11:30am-11:20pm, Sun Noon-10:30pm. Take out and delivery available. Information: (718) 623-8808, (718) 623-8809.

 

 

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