Workshop Kitchen and Bar

By | December 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm | 10 comments | Columns, The Pampered Palate

Workshop Kitchen and Bar

After some good and bad dining experiences in Palm Springs, I have decided that I should do a little more research on where to find the best restaurants in the west end of our valley. With many new restaurants and some old favorites to choose from, I realize I could dine at a different restaurant in Palm Springs for weeks to come. This week, I finally made it into one of the desert’s newest and increasingly popular restaurants, Workshop Kitchen and Bar. Located at the North end of Palm Canyon, this used to be a movie theatre in the 1950’s and the high ceilings allow for Workshop to show off the beautiful architecture that makes this place one of a kind.
Arriving for our reservation, my guest and I noticed the beautiful courtyard, ideal for cocktails or dining under the stars without the distraction of the heavy traffic of Palm Springs tourism. We opted for one of their private booths that are lined along either side of their 32’ community table. I have always enjoyed the concept of dining while making new friends and this venue is perfect for it. We were greeted by our beautiful and efficient server, Megan, who was very knowledgeable of the menu, offering many suggestions and favorites. We started with a few small plates to share before selecting our entrees. With much to choose from, we enjoyed the octopus carpaccio, and while one may think this would be served raw, the octopus was thinly shaved and prepared “sous-vide”, which means the octopus has slowly cooked in a hot water bath while sealed to lock in flavor. The dish was incredible, making this one of my favorite starters. We shared a side of fries, cooked in duck fat, which made them not only rich in flavor, but slightly addictive.
Before the entrees, we shared a Caesar salad with fresh shaved parmesan cheese. The evening was going perfectly and the service was spot on! Our entrees included the Texas Redfish and the New York Steak. The highlight of the meal was the fresh fish with a small salad accompaniment with artichokes and mixed greens. It was a perfect combination of flavors that I will definitely return to order again! We had been enjoying some wine red wine with our meal and as we finished our entrees, we could not resist the flourless chocolate terrine. It was a nice pairing to our wine and the dessert was served with a creamy peanut butter ice cream.
Workshop specializes in “farm to table” products and it is evident in their ever changing menu. Serving only the freshest, seasonal ingredients, you are sure to have a great meal every time! I was not only impressed with the variety of menu items, but also the service Megan provided. It makes a difference when a server is smiling and shows pride in his or her profession. We left full and happy, what more could we ask for?
Workshop Kitchen should be at the top of your list of places to dine in Palm Springs. Located at 800 North Palm Canyon Dr. Ste G, Dinner is offered nightly from 5pm to 10pm, serving to 11pm Fridays and Saturdays. They also offer a Sunday brunch from 10am to 2pm. For more information, call them at 760-459-3451 or visit their website at www.workshoppalmsprings.com

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