We all need the occasional reboot. Whether it's restarting your computer in the middle of the day or trying something new at the lunch place where you always get 'the usual', a little shake up is essential. Palm Sugar, who we named the number one restaurant on Clematis Street, is prepping for some changes that will indeed provide a little shake and bring in new customers, all without compromising the loyal following of savvy, local foodies.
Known for an inventive Asian-fusion menu and some of the finest fish tacos around, all of that will remain the same. In Palm Sugar's case, new changes just mean a whole bunch of really cool stuff we all get to enjoy. Coming up in the next few months you can expect new menu items, brunch, later hours, oh and did we mention a full bar?
Transitioning from a beer, wine, and sake joint into a fully stocked bar is a big power move for the year and a half old restaurant. Manager Audrey Chumsai came to the decision pretty easily.
"People on this street like drinking." she said, and who are we to argue with the truth? The application for a full bar is in and the Palm Sugar crew is hoping to have new libations available starting October 1st. But that is just one boozy part of the new puzzle.
Something else people on Clematis like besides drinking? Brunch. Ok, we admit those can be basically the same things. But hey, 'brunch' sounds a lot better to your folks than 'morning drinking.' So brunch we shall have! As expected, Palm Sugar will maintain their signature Asian flair on brunch dishes, no greasy eggs with hash browns in sight. Audrey told us it will be more of a buffet style. But we know what you are thinking. And yes, there will, of course, be bottomless mimosas.
There are also new menu delights on the horizon. A big contender in bar food is coming by way of the Palm Sugar Asian Sliders ($12). Two sliders, with your choice of fish or duck, served with garlic-tograshi fries, make this new item a winner in the "I'm hungry, but not too hungry" category. Other new palette pleasers include Korean-Style Grilled Beef ($10) and the East Asian Cobb Salad ($10) with spring mix, crispy noodles, avocado, tomato, egg, chicken, fried red onions and a special peanut dressing.
There is a method to Palm Sugars new offerings. Audrey told us "The new menu is coming first, and then after that the full bar, and then after that brunch, and later on, for season, Friday and Saturday late night." Sick of pizza and, well, more pizza after midnight? Palm Sugar plans on staying open until 2 a.m. in the near future, hoping to bring a "chilled out" vibe at a time when other restaurants (aka pizza places, did we mention that?) still open might get a little rowdy.
Palm Sugar hardcores, don't worry your little heads. $3 sake bombs all day, everyday and the killer happy hour specials aren't going anywhere. But little by little, these new changes will add up to transition the little restaurant that could into the Clematis powerhouse it was always meant to be.
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