When it comes to picking a place to eat in Palm Springs, it’s hard to go wrong. After all, you have your pick of restaurants headed by everyone from Iron Chefs to long-term locals with a flair for farm-to-table offerings. And with plenty of continental, seafood, Mexican and Italian concepts to choose from, you’ll never be a disappointed diner in Palm Springs. If anything, you’ll wish you had more time to sample everything the desert has to offer.
If you’re looking to try something new, though, you’ll want to set your sights on Rancho Mirage and La Quinta, where two new Japanese restaurants are bringing new flavors to the local dining scenes. Whether you’re a sushi aficionado or an adventurous eater who doesn’t mind getting hands-on at the dinner table, you won’t want to miss Shabu Shabu Zen or Zen Sushi the next time you’re in the desert.
Sushi — Photo courtesy of cnishiyama
This spring brought an impressive new sushi bar to La Quinta, and despite it’s low-key grand opening, Zen Sushi is garnering attention for its fresh seafood, meticulously crafted rolls and an all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner menu that’s actually worthwhile.
The sushi menu brings quite a bit of culinary creativity to the run-of-the-mill sushi bar finds, and the addition of daily specials keeps diners excited while offering extra discounts.
To wash everything down, you’ll find the bar carries an array of beers from both Japan and South Korea, as well as plenty of sake and Japanese wine selections, too.
A platter of beef for shabu shabu — Photo courtesy of LWYang
If you’re in the mood for something a little different, head over to Rancho Mirage and pull up a chair at the recently opened Shabu Shabu Zen. This Japanese restaurant is dedicated to the hot pot, and you’ll enjoy fresh slices of American Wagyu beef or prime ribeye as part of your shabu shabu meal.
Steaming pots of water are placed in front of you here, alongside a colorful platter of fresh vegetables and raw beef. Then, you’ll create your own meal as you dip the vegetables and beef into the pot, creating a savory broth as you enjoy your freshly cooked meal. In the end, you’ll wind up with a hot pot filled with broth, perfect for savoring with udon noodles.
The staff is always on hand to help you sort out the art of shabu shabu. Whether it’s your first time or not, you’re sure to enjoy this tasty and healthy Japanese meal.
Still hungry? Check out more Palm Springs restaurants.