All the dining options at the desert area’s tallest new building
As the culinary scene continues to, well, heat up in Palm Springs, Eater has scoop on the latest additions: a quartet of restaurants and bars at the upcoming Kimpton Rowan, a 153-room hotel anchoring the big new downtown redevelopment project that’s almost complete.
Executive chef Stephen Wambach, formerly of The Four Seasons Chicago, recently met with Eater inside the kitchen of the (unrelated) Palm Springs steakhouse Mr. Lyons, where he and his team have been using the space as a test kitchen while Lyons is closed for summer vacation. Here’s what to expect once Wambach opens inside the Kimpton by November.
On the ground level, the 80-seat casual counter-service Juniper Table will be split between indoor dining and a patio along the project’s public pedestrian walkway. Breakfast will focus on a strong French-style bakery program along with heartier dishes like a toast of coffee-cured flat-iron steak and soft-scrambled eggs.
Wambach says the all-day menu will be full of vegetable-forward fare like a white asparagus gazpacho, handmade ricotta cavatelli with pesto, and a roster of ten salads including a broccoli-date crunch version. “We’re taking hotel standards and we’re elevating them. Everything’s just got one or two ingredients that you wouldn’t have thought of,” he says.
Expect beer, wine, and a couple cocktails on tap, too. The Rowan is also working on a deal with Oasis Date Farm in Thermal for some date-infused fare and an onsite retail shop.
After years of public debate, The Rowan is set to become the city’s tallest building. The top floor will also feature rooftop pool and 140-seat upscale eatery 4 Saints touting some killer views. “I’m taking a bit more of a chance up here,” says Wambach of his menu. “We’re talking American food but with a very French influence, the food I’ve been cooking my whole life. Techniques done classically but not so old school.”
Think sea urchin with green apple and coriander; heart of palm salad with artichoke and grapefruit; and John Dory with chanterelles along with a California-focused wine list. Most seating will be inside the dining room and bar, with some more tables and lounge-style seating outside.
And finally, since this is cocktail-centric Palm Springs after all, the hotel will be doing its part with Window Bar, a six-seater in the lobby named for the expansive wall of glass overlooking the nearby San Jacinto mountains that’ll offer classic cocktails, wines, and local beers. Meanwhile, the pool-adjacent High Bar will mix up playful rum-based drinks and tiki-inspired cocktails from the rooftop.
“What to Know About Palm Springs’ New Kimpton Hotel Project.” Eater LA – All. https://la.eater.com/2017/8/14/16145684/palm-springs-kimpton-hotel-dining-opening.