By David Wayne
Wow! Kaiser Grille in the heart of downtown Palm Springs is amazing. The food is incredibly tasty, the service is impeccable, and the presentation could not have been better.
My wife and I were seated on the patio, with nice warm heaters to counter the crisp clean night air. As we watched the world go by on Palm Canyon Drive, our delightful server Grindelia, waltzed up to our table. I love when a server has confidence in the menu, and she definitely knew what to recommend.
Her helper brought us the house focaccia bread, while she brought me a glass of refreshing iced tea, and my wife a split of Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso Sparkling wine. The bread was warm, baked with butter and herbs, while my wife said the sparkling wine was very nice.
We had two appetizers: one was Burrata cheese and Proscuitto, with a side of arugula, oven roasted apple, drizzled with balsamic reduction, olive oil, and served with crostini. The other was Hummus; made how I remember a friend of mine’s mother from Lebanon made it (just right), served with pita bread and cucumber slices.
I also had Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup, and my wife had a Mediterranean Chop Salad with cucumber, olives, tomatoes, onion, feta, basil, mint, and chick peas with pita bread. Grindelia suggested their mixed drink for my wife called an Antioxidant with fresh blueberries, huckleberry vodka, St. Germain liqueur, white cranberry and fresh lime. With that description I don’t think I need to tell you my wife enjoyed it immensely, but I guess I just did.
Our main courses suggested again by “Delia” were, my wife’s Sesame and Black Pepper Crusted Ahi Tuna with stir fried vegetables and lemon grass ginger steamed rice with Sake soy sauce. And I had a Bone in Pork Chop, with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, carrots, with apple and cherry gastrique drizzled on top of the chop. Both our palates were definitely pampered, and extremely happy.
For dessert we shared Raspberry Crème Brulee, with a coconut chocolate chip macaroon on top, and a very unique deconstructed apple pie with Calvados caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream, called a Tarte Tatin. Both were presented beautifully, and tasted so good.
When you want to go out in downtown Palm Springs, even if you are on the other side of the valley, I would recommend you not miss out on Kaiser Grille. Located at 205 South Palm Canyon Drive, it is right in the middle of all the action of the bustling “main drag”!
Lunch: 11am to 3pm daily
Happy Hour: 3pm-6pm & 9pm – close/ Bar & Side Patio Only
Dining Room: 4pm – 10pm daily
Reservations Strongly Advised: 760-323-1003