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Palm Springs trip report.

Charles | Jun 3, 2013 08:00 PM

Thought I would start a new thread as the other Palm Springs thread is getting unwieldy.

Just got back from a long weekend in PS ate at 2 places really worth mentioning.

The first was Dish Creative Cuisine- the name doesn’t lie. Really beautiful interesting food. Finally PS has high end dinning. This is my new favorite restaurant in the desert. The kitchen sends out an “amuse” between each course.

Not every dish was fantastic but the successes far outweighed the missteps.

Savory donuts with thyme to-die—for kinnda delicious. Grilled watermelon “Greek salad” need salt but then was fantastic. “Deconstructed” Caesar was well above average in a town full of average Caesars. A cinnamon puff “amuse” served after the salads would have been great as a bridge between savory and sweet courses but didn’t work here. Crab cakes were nothing special, but the pork ribs with peach chutney were great. A tenderloin meat ball “amuse” was pedestrian and needed fat. The lamb rack was cooked to very very rare (I think I heard it baa). We weren’t asked how we wanted it cooked, for me it was fine although difficult to cut, but I would imagine many people would freak out about it.

Instead of ordering an appetizer or two and then each ordering an entrée we ordered a bunch of small plates then one entrée to share. This clearly confused my well-meaning but inexperienced waiter. Pacing was terrible but other than that a fantastic meal. Also why no rose on the wine list!

The restaurant called the next day to see how everything was which I’ve never seen before, unfortunately I was in the middle of something when they called so I couldn’t give them my feedback.

They are trying to move in to PS and get a bigger space… which could ruin them.

The other place I loved was El Salvadoran Café on Sunrise and Vista Chino. The polar opposite of Dish but also delicious. 2 papusas one of meat and one of ayote (zucchini) were fantastic with the cabbage salad.

A big plate of crispy pork bits were exactly how they sound!!! FANTASTIC! With sweet plantain empanadas for dessert I was in heaven.

Now if the dessert could get some decent Chinese and Vietnamese food the world would be complete.

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