By Raymond Bill
For most of last season, I heard much buzz about a newer restaurant with great food and ambiance that has been increasing in popularity among locals. This season, I decided not to wait to see why Copley’s on Palm Canyon has become so successful. The bar was set high and I made my reservation for my date night in Palm Springs. The city was alive with tourism and the weather was perfect for dining under the stars.
My date and I were cordially greeted by Greg, an always pleasant and smiling manager or host. The courtyard entry is spacious, offering room for dining as well as several sitting areas for socializing, perhaps with a cocktail or after dinner drink. The option was clear and we selected a seat on the patio. We were immediately greeted by a service assistant with bread and water. We even shared in a dialogue with some friends dining nearby.
Our server was confident and attentive without being overbearing. We were truly at ease. After taking our time with a cocktail, and hearing about the one nightly special, we placed our order. Shortly after, a duo of ravioli arrived placed in front of me. One filled with creamy ricotta and the other with English peas and tarragon, both were stacked upon a celery root puree with a light drizzle of sauce. I am not sure if the pasta is housemade but they were incredible and well-presented. My date would have the wedge salad with a garlic bleu cheese dressing. While I am not a fan of iceberg lettuce, my date enjoyed her dish.
The wine selection by the glass is minimal but they make up for it in value and quality. I enjoyed a very reasonably priced Pinot Noir to pair with my entrée of braised Veal Cheeks with a veal reduction and garlic mashed potatoes. My meal was accompanied by a lobster tail and when I asked how it was presented with the dish, our server described it as a 5 oz tail. What arrived was likely half the size and slightly over-cooked. The delicateness of the lobster was lost in the strong flavor of the veal and the sauce; however, the veal was truly delicious. It was tender and rich with flavor. My date ordered the Colorado rack of lamb and it was a hit! The lamb was cooked at the right temperature and had a perfect herb crust. We were very happy with our selections.
A dessert selection would not be easy as there were so many that stood out as potential favorites. We shared the Toffee & Date English Sticky Pudding with vanilla ice cream. It was superb and a perfect finish to our date under the stars. I was impressed with the attentiveness in the staff. They seemed to work well with each other and all were focused on the guests. Overall, I would definitely go back to Copley’s. Whether for drinks outside by the fire, or dinner with friends, Copley’s is a beautiful restaurant to visit. Open seven nights each week from 6pm and located at 621 N. Palm Canyon Drive. Make reservations online through open table, or visit www.copleyspalmsprings.com