The Palm Restaurant recently introduced their new Modern Power Lunch menu. This menu features the great steaks and other signature menu items that The Palm is famous for -- along with some fun new items -- all served in one hour or less. The Palm invited me to bring a guest and enjoy lunch at the Downtown San Antonio location last Friday. We arrived, dropped my car with the valet, and were warmly greeted by General Manager Sam Hallak. We were quickly seated, but we didn't feel the least bit rushed. Our friendly server, Rudy Aguirre, immediately brought us bottled water and told us about some of his favorite menu items. This was my first time to dine at a Palm location, so I was very eager to try their food. It did not disappoint!
My friend and I looked over the extensive lunch menu and agreed that everything sounded delicious...how would we ever decide?!?!? The menu includes classic items like Jumbo Lump Crabcakes and new menu items like Filet Mignon Medallions and a Nova Scotia Lobster BLT. They even offer some great wine-by-the-glass and martini specials! We opted for two courses each and a shared dessert. Since neither of us had eaten at The Palm before, we selected a combination of classic and new menu items to try. I opted for the Beefsteak Capri Salad for my appetizer and the Jumbo Lump Crabcakes for my entree. The salad featured two stacks of perfectly ripe beefsteak tomato, fresh basil, imported creamy mozzarella di bufala, and a drizzle of olive oil. Just before eating, I drizzled a bit of balsamic over the top of my salad. The Crabcakes were served with a fantastic chipotle tarter sauce that reminded me of a spicy Cajun remoulade sauce and a sweet-and-spicy mango salsa. All three components worked together perfectly, and the portion size was perfect for lunch.
My friend opted for the Soup of the Day and Filet Mignon Medallions, which came paired with Crabmeat Oscar Topping. The medallions were perfectly cooked, and the hollandaise and jumbo lump crab was a perfect pairing. She opted to have tender baby asparagus for a light side dish. This portion size was nice for lunch -- two 4-ounce portions of beef. It was a pretty on the plate as it was delicious to eat.
We were feeling pretty full after our entrees were cleared, so we opted to share a dessert. After looking over all of the dessert options, we settled on the Flourless Chocolate Cake. The not-too-sweet cake was made with bittersweet chocolate and served with creme anglaise, fresh berries, and whipped cream. The cake was quite rich, so sharing it was a great idea. This cake was the perfect sweet ending to a fantastic meal!
We left The Palm happy and full...and headed back to the office for the remainder of the afternoon. I was very impressed with both the food and the attentive service that we received. Our Modern Power Lunch was the perfect introduction to The Palm...and the timing couldn't have been better! Michael and I are visiting The original Palm One in New York for dinner later this month as part of our upcoming A Food Lover's Weekend In New York travelogue.
Disclosure: The Palm Restaurant provided a complimentary lunch for me and a guest to facilitate this post. However, all opinions expressed are my own.