I am so excited to finally write about a restaurant that is in a class of its own, offering an experience as opposed to just a meal served by a warm body. I first heard about Dish Creative Cuisine from a friend; when I asked what kind of food they would be serving, she replied, “You just have to experience it for yourself.” I finally had the opportunity to see what the buzz was all about and I am eager to see the success that will inevitably follow.
As we arrived for our reservation, we were greeted by a smiling, welcoming staff before being seated at the Chef’s table where we were able to view the open kitchen. Almost immediately, we were greeted with a plate of savory basil doughnuts with a tangy balsamic butter, one of many complimentary “amuse bouche” tastings we would enjoy throughout our meal. We ordered some wine from a list where every wine selection is available by the glass or by the bottle, giving us many great wines to choose from.
Our server, Leigh, maintained a steady pace as she provided miniature tastings that tickled our palates between courses. Our next taste was a small “arancini”. Traditionally made with risotto, this bite-sized tasting was made with cauliflower and Reggiano parmesan cheese custard, breaded and served with a smoked paprika yogurt sauce. After one bite, you will be begging for more! We had finally placed our order as another tasting would arrive; miso-glazed pork belly on a bed of cous cous with pickled apple and carrot, topped with caramel foam. Our first course would arrive shortly after. A corn and leek bisque with a crab fritter was presented before me and the soup was poured from a carafe, table-side. My guest enjoyed crab cakes full of flavor. The ingredients are clearly fresh and the presentations are artistic and unique.
After our starters, we received more tastings, including a mini lemon-basil parfait push pop to refresh, or cleanse our palates. Incredible! We were so excited for our main course and had no idea what to expect. While I ordered the Wild Boar Chop with a butternut squash puree and a cherry, red wine reduction, my friend ordered the large Scallops, seared and served with a white wine and shallot reduction with grapefruit and crispy leeks, served on a bed of cous cous and garnished with asparagus and an avocado mousse. The entrees are beautifully plated, only to be outdone by their intense flavors! Other favorites on the menu include Coq au Vin (like you’ve never seen before) and a most tender Beef Tenderloin.
The complimentary tastings did not stop at the entrée. We enjoyed dessert tastings like “liquid caramel popcorn” and “carrot macaroons”. I had to order a couple desserts to see more of this chef’s talent and we were not disappointed. A Root Beer Semifreddo with Cake “fries” and pomegranate and mixed berry coulis for the “ketchup” was a great interpretation of a trip to the soda fountain for a root beer float and fries!
Chef Joane Garcia-Colson has taken classic flavors and completely deconstructed them, only to reinterpret them into a work of art, not only for your eyes but for your taste buds as well! Space is very limited so reservations are necessary. Located in Cathedral City at south east corner of Ramon and Cathedral Canyon, Dish is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00pm to 9:30pm. Visit their website and see for yourself at www.dishcreativecuisine.com or call them at 760-832-6526
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