Following up a tip on these boards, the first meal of my April visit to Palm Springs was schnitzel in the bar at Johannes. Available nightly, this is a half-portion of the usual dish, either veal or chicken, and can be ordered plain or with sauce options for a supplement.
To adjust my attitude after the long drive down, I started with a cocktail. The $11 Ecu Martini, based on housemade English cucumber vodka infusion, made for a pretty picture but was absolutely tasteless and a complete waste of money.
The half-order special of veal schnitzel, $15, turned out to be more than enough for a meal. Beautifully executed with crispy breading, the best bites were with just a squeeze of lemon. I’d ordered it with lemon caper sauce, $3 more, but it really wasn’t necessary. Waxy fingerling potatoes, cranberry compote, and a dilled cucumber salad came with the schnitzel. The additional side I ordered of sauteed spinach, $5, was just plain gross. Instead of being sautéed as described on the menu, the spinach was boiled to death, then squeezed into fist-size clumps. Overcooked, malodorous, stringy, and old-tasting, this was a crime against vegetables. When my server checked in with me and I explained everything that was wrong with this meal, he only said he’d let the kitchen know.
Resentful that more than half the cost of my meal was flushed down the crapper, I didn’t stick around for dessert.
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