Review: SS15 can be a pretty hectic place. There are so many eateries around and sometimes finding a parking space can be a challenge. That’s why Palate is such a gem of a find. It’s located somewhere opposite the entrance of the SS15 market on the same row as Canai, the popular mamak.
When I went on a Friday night, it was rather quiet. The crew was really welcoming. However, the thing that sets Palate apart is the availability of a budget-friendly menu. They’re known for their ‘back to basics’ selection.
In this menu, you pick a base from Aglio Olio, Carbonara and Bolognese pasta or fried rice for between RM 5 to RM6. From here on, you can pick as many add-ons you want, including a fried egg, breakfast sausages, crispy ham, spinach, mushrooms, mussels, baby squid and even tiger prawns. Apart from the tiger prawns which are RM6 to add on, everything else can be had for between RM 1 and RM 3.
This means that you can get a full meal for less than RM 15. I opted for the Carbonara and I have to tell you that it was cooked in a very comforting and familiar way. It tasted like something I would have made for myself and my housemates.
It was served warm, and the crispy chicken ham and spinach that I added on just balanced out the soft texture. Although the add-ons are simple, they seem to come in quite reasonable portions.
Hubby came along with me and being a vegetarian, he had the fried rice base with an egg and chopped mushrooms. The fried rice, like the Carbonara, tasted home cooked too. Not too overpowering. Just a very no-frills taste, like something your mum would whip up if you got home from work really late and felt a bit hungry.
The upside of the ‘back to basics’ menu is that it’s affordable and customizable. This means that it’s really suitable if you’re a vegetarian or a picky eater, or even if you have allergies. It allows you to add or omit ingredients according to your likes and dislikes, which is what got me so excited about them in the first place.
My only gripe was perhaps that the ‘back to basics’ menu serving size was a bit small if you’re a big eater. You may want to order another pasta or fried rice or pick something else from their extensive menu.
The rest of the menu items for main meals are between RM15 to RM 20 and some of the more interesting selections here include the French Chicken Stew and Sambal Cheese Chicken. As a side, we got the potato pockets which were crispy popiah skins filled with a mashed potato.
Desserts that you should try here include the in-house Gula Melaka ice cream with corn flakes and deep fried Oreos with Nutella ice cream.
I truly felt that this is the place to come to if you’re feeling under the weather and need a pick-me-up. Food is cheerful, simple and light. Plus you’ll feel right at home.
48 Jalan SS15/4, Subang Jaya, 47500, Selangor, Malaysia : Phone: +60 11-3987 9961
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 11:30 - 22:00 : Closed on Sundays