While Raymond has received great response from readers with his contributions to the Pampered Palate, I could not help but share my recent experience at one of the valley’s finest restaurants and best kept secrets. Looking for the perfect venue to celebrate a very special anniversary with my husband, we decided to dine at one of my favorite places. Our mini vacation to the Miramonte Resort was the perfect escape from the desert without ever leaving town. I could go on and on about the incredibly maintained grounds, the luxurious rooms, or the much needed hour long massage at the spa but I am most excited to share my dining experience at the Grove Artisan Kitchen.
We knew we were in good hands with our server, Andrei, because we did not want for anything. He was pleasant and attentive, making certain our special occasion would not be soon forgotten. We allowed him to select our wine for the evening. A reasonably priced Heitz Cellars Cabernet from Napa was presented and did not disappoint! I enjoyed the Grove Caesar Salad as my husband raved about his Wedge Salad, both served in beautiful, decorative bowls. Each dish is artistically plated and presented, offering as much appeal to the eye as our taste buds.
I could not pass on the perfectly-cooked salmon with roasted root vegetables and lemon herb reduction. It was a perfect balance of flavors and the portions were just right. My husband shared a bite of his incredibly tender Angus New York strip steak and it was mouth-watering! This juicy steak was served with mushrooms, baby spinach and fingerling potatoes; I’m not sure which dish was better. I have enjoyed lunch here many times and I was prepared for a great meal but Andrei truly made this special occasion magical.
We finished our meal with the Warm Cinnamon Golden Raisin Bread Pudding drizzled with a Myers Rum Caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream! The Crème Brulee was equally impressive, topped with large, plump berries. We each ordered from a set menu that included an appetizer, entrée and dessert, making our special occasion an affordable one for any budget.
Andrei insisted that upon our return we must try the Chilean Sea Bass, which I am definitely looking forward too since I’ve only found one place in town that serves it to my liking.
I cannot say enough about our wonderful getaway. Having had such great food and service, I cannot wait to return as it was definitely my favorite dining experience in the desert so far. To book a reservation at Grove Artisan Kitchen at Miramonte Resort and Spa call 760-341-7200 or online at miramonteresort.com.