Restaurants Reviews and Such

Palatal Express – Guilty Pleasure

I never visited the Palatal Mongolian Stir-Fry on Pembina that now houses Royal Punjab Sweet House. However, I visit the Palatal Express at Sherbrook and Portage on a semi-regular spot. This for me is a great place to visit when I’m in the mood for a quick, cheap pigout. I don’t find the food here particularly brilliant, but there’s lots of it, and I can get it really spicy when I want that.

Sadly, Palatal Express is now closed. 

Palatal specials.
A variety of the daily specials available at Palatal.

Like a lot of places they advertise themselves as really healthy. I’m sure it’s pretty healthy, but I wouldn’t make it the centrepiece of my diet.

Palatal Express Pleasures:

One of the things I like about Palatal is that it is a soup and stir-fry version of Subway. Like Subway, the restaurant offers a wide variety of vegetables to add to your noodles and protein. I order a little of everything, maximizing my vegetables. Although I occasionally order the small sized daily special my typical choice is the large serving.

Palatal veg options
There are quite a few vegetable options to add to your meal.

My favourite choice among the meals is the Mixed Meats. I have the stir-fry once in a while, but my preference is for the soup. The other day when I went in, I noticed they had added lamb to the choices. I’m a big lamb fan. I was a little surprised when they brought out a tray of thinly sliced lamb from the freezer. Generally the meet is kept in the cool tray. However, when the soup arrived at my table, I found that the lamb had cooked down into lots of little pieces so that I had plenty of lamb to eat as I was working my way through the bowl.

Lamb Soup
The Lamb soup option.

Last time I went in, I just went for the straight forward soup flavouring. However, my favourite thing about Palatal Express, is that when you ask for your meal spicy you can get it real spicy. They have different levels of heat on their sauces. From Palatal House Sauce which is mild, all the way up to Donkey. When I do go for the spice, it’s the Donkey I go for. This sauce combines the burn and sweat-inducing heat, and has pretty good flavour as well.

menu tas
Palatal features a different coloured tab for each meal option.

The service at Palatal Express is quick and friendly. Even with the soup that takes a little longer than the stir-fry you’ll be served in relatively short time. They offer some sides such as wings that aren’t too bad, but I say go for the soup, or the stir-fry.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.