Summary: fresh Japanese. Go for the food and ambiance!
105 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA (menu)
Workshop Kitchen + Bar
This place was on my list of must-go's, and Brad agreed to come here even though it was a bit out of our price range. The entrance is strange because there are actually three entryways, and you end up coming in through the patio, but the hostess is inside and on the other end of the restaurant. Once you successfully find the hostess, though, you're all set. The decor inside is breathtaking - cement, metal, and hanging light fixtures create a dark and romantic ambiance with tall booths and a long center table.
We sat outside on the patio, which was also a beautiful environment. String lights and desert trees are in abundance, and the patio is sheltered by buildings on all sides.
The food was all styled to perfection, and very tasty. This place was one of my favorites. We had the Roasted Heirloom Carrots, Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo, and Wood-Fired Pizza. Every dish was a magical blend of art and flavor. I was dying to try the Truffle Risotto, but couldn't justify it at $45 a pop.
Definitely come here for the experience, and make a reservation!
Summary: gourmet American food art. Go for the food and ambiance!
800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA (menu)
We had brunch here - it's a tiny space that seems to always be packed, so a prior reservation is definitely recommended. You walk in and sit in a gorgeous courtyard that feels straight out of France. The restaurant is French-themed, with picnic-feels during the day.
I ordered the Croissant Breakfast Sandwich and Brad had an omelette. The omelette was good but nothing special. My sandwich was delicious, but really heavy (so prepare to be stuffed!). They had really yummy fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice that I thoroughly enjoyed. I'd probably come again for the breakfast sandwich, but not very often - it's a bit pricey and the wait is long.