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Misaki Sushi & Grill

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Misaki Sushi & Grill is a dazzling experience. It is on the tip top list of the best sushi in the Coachella Valley, and a favorite of The Palm Springs Local. When you stop on by for yourself, you will undoubtedly understand why.

Misaki Sushi & Grill opened in early 2016, and is located by the La Quinta Trader Joes off of Washington St. The Misaki experience starts right when you walk through the door, when all of the sushi chefs shout out a very audible welcome that is delightful and borderline startling. Guests can either choose to sit in their simply styled dining room, or up front and personal at the sushi bar.

The size of their specialty rolls are impressive, easily double in size of the average basic roll that they also offer. Besides the mouth stretching sushi roll size, there is also the way that the rolls are presented. The rolls are adorned with accents such as edible flowers, baby bonsai’s (not edible) dramatic plates and other suitable décor that makes their sushi stand out, far out, from other sushi restaurants

Misaki has a long list of specialty rolls. Guests can choose from creations which include the Crazy Burrito, Baked Lobster, King Caterpillar ( a really big Caterpillar roll), the Amazing roll and a ton more. The Hama Hama roll. is one of my favorites. The inside of the roll features Spicy Crab, Avocado, and Cucumber. It is then topped with Yellowtail, Cilantro. Red Onion, Masago and a Spicy Garlic Ponzu.

One of the other rolls I enjoy is the Ichiban. This other mammoth roll has Spicy Tuna, Asparagus and Cucumber inside and Tuna, Yellowtail, Red Onion, Bonito Flakes with Spicy Garlic Ponzu on top. It is another raving taste bud treat, so good!!

Miaki also has smaller rolls, the usual suspects such the California roll, Spicy Tuna and more are normal size. Besides the specialty rolls that we tried, we also had straight up sushi including Yellowtail, Salmon, Unagi (Eel) and Uni, all of which melted in our mouths with fabulous fresh fish flavor. Misaki also offers other traditional Japanese favorites on their menu to cater to those who perhaps have yet to get on board the sushi train. 

With many sushi restaurants to choose from in the growing Coachella Valley, Misaki Sushi & Grill has hurled itself up the scale to one of the best with its dazzling sushi presentations, attention to detail, and freshness.

Indoor Seating, CC accepted, Wine & Beer, $$-

Opened Sunday through Friday, 11:30am to 10pm, Sat 11:30am 11:pm

46-600 Washington St. #1

La Quinta, Ca 92253

760-771-3570

My Thai

rsz imag2340In a small strip mall next to the Century Theater in La Quinta, sits the newly opened My Thai restaurant. The restaurant opened in early 2015 by Owner and Chef Sathin, and has been well received. The Thailand native has had a passion for Thai cuisine since she was a young child and has trained under the best chefs in Bangkok. Now she is living her dream, sharing her expertise in Thai cuisine with the Coachella Valley public in her own restaurant. 

 Upon entering My Thai, you will find yourself greeted by an eagerly friendly staff and seated in the well-proportioned and styled dining room area or at the open kitchen counter. If you're stopping by there during lunch, try their moderately priced specials ($9.95-$11.95) that include soup or salad. My Thai also offers fabulous appetizer selections such as the delightful Crab Rangoon, deep fried wontons filled with crab and cream cheese served with a tangy sweet and sour sauce.

Entree highlights include the Green Curry, green curry paste w/coconut milk, bamboo shoot, green beans, eggplant and basil, with chicken, pork or shrimp, and the colorfully traditional Pad Thai, pan fried thin rice noodles w/egg, bean sprouts, crushed peanuts and scallions, just to name a few. The entrees have a degree of heat that you can choose from. The heat is ranked from 1-5, 5 being the hottest. If you do like it hot, but still want to be able to feel your tongue, number 3 is highly suggested. 

With fresh ingredients and authentic mouthwatering Thai flavors, My Thai restaurant has what it takes to be one of the best go to Thai restaurants in the Coachella Valley and is definitely one of The Palm Springs Locals new favorites. 

Indoor seating, CC accepted, Wine and beer, $+

Open 7 days Lunch 11am-3pm Dinner 5pm-9pm

46-520 Washington Street, Suite 3

La Quinta, Ca 92253

760-564-8494

For more information on My Thai visit www.MyThaiLQ.com

Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar

rsz imag2040Upon entering Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar, you might think that you’re in a sultry jazz lounge instead of a sushi bar. And if they had live jazzy music, the transition would be smooth. Okura opened in 2005 in La Quinta’s Plaza Point Happy ( they also have a location in Laguna Beach) and has been the bell of the Sushi ball in the Coachella Valley ever since. The dining room is intimate and the bar and lounge area has just enough seating to feel comfortable while dining, but still holds true to its bar integrity. With its dim lighting, rich colors and elegant aesthetics, there is a relaxed vibe and a knowing that this will be no ordinary sushi experience.

The menu at Okura incorporates traditional sushi specialties as well as their own creations and Robata offerings (Japanese style of cooking using skewers over an open grill). The quality of their seafood is quality that is substantiated by its taste. Their Hamachi, aka Yellowtail (pictured), literally dissolves in your mouth without much chewing effort, a definite Palm Springs Local favorite.

Other stand outs include Kobe Beef Carpaccio (exaggeratedly thinly sliced Kobe Beef with Kaiware red onion, Shiso and house radish), Dynamite Mussels (Baked Mussels topped with succulent crab, Tobiko Caviar and spicy cream sauce), and the Red Dragon Roll (Shrimp Tempura, cucumber, avocado and Spicy Tuna) among others.

Their menu also stretches beyond sushi to entrees such as Chilean Seabass (Soy Ginger sauce, Bok Choy, Lemon Grass, Mussels and Scallops) and Toban Yaki ( Prime Rib Eye with Shitake and Shmeji Mushrooms, cooked with Sake Soy and Yuzu) just to name a few.

And if you’re ready to consume your weight in Sushi (not really), embarking on the, All You Can Eat Sushi deal is the way to go. It is well worth the $32.95 per person price tag, and might just keep you full well after you leave the restaurant (speaking from personal experience).

Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar continues to be one of the top Sushi establishments in the Coachella Valley. With its consistent high grade quality of service and food, you are certain to have an amazing Sushi encounter.

Indoor Seating, CC accepted, Full Bar, $$+

Opened Nightly 4:30pm-9:30pm/10pm on weekends

Plaza at Point Happy

78-370 Hwy 111 #150

La Quinta Ca, 92253

760-564-5820

 

Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar

858 South Coast Hwy

Laguna Beach, Ca 92651

949-793-4320

www.okurasushi.com

 

Pho Vu Vietnamese Restaurant

If you have never tried Vietnamese food...you are seriuously missing out. Ever since Pho Vu opened in La Quinta several years back, it has been a restaurant that The Palm Springs Local has been intrigued by, and once tried, it is now high on the list of The Palm Springs Locals favorites.

Family owned, and with 3 locations (La Quinta, Palm Desert and Palm Springs), Pho Vu has hit the Coachella Valley hard and is one of the deserts go to spots for flavorful, exoctic fare.

It is not only the food at Pho Vu that keeps customers coming back, but also its almost over the top friendly staff. But it isn't an act, they are geniunly happy and don infectous smiles. Their menu has a variety of selections including Appetizers (BBQ Pork Spring Rolls, Fresh Springs Rolls and Vietnamese Crispy Wings), Salads (Shrimp Apple, BBQ Chicken and Stir Fried Filet Mignon),  Vermicelli Bowls,Vegartarian Plates ( Fried Tofu several ways), and Rice Plates. 

But the star of the show is definetly the Pho Vietnamese Noodle Soup. The hot bowl of infinite goodness gets its life from the extrodinary broth that is the foundation and the depth of the soup. The broth is born from ingredients such as beef shank, roasted onions, herbs and spices which include coriander, fennel, cloves and star anise. All of the flavors of the ingredients are adhered together in a hot bath simmering for up to 14 hours. Afterwards rice noodles are inserted and the soup is topped with scallions, cilantro and onions. There are a variety of ways to order the Pho soup. You can have it with everything from plain, to Brisket,  Eye Round Steak, Spicy Lemongrass Pork or The Palm Springs Locals favorite, Shrimp (#17). No matter how you order it, the Pho is served with a side plate of bean sprouts, basil leaves, jalepenos and lime, for you to add to your liking. And of course there is plenty of Sriracha, Hoisin and dare if you can chili paste to give your Pho that extra kick.

Besides the excellent food, this review would not be complete without mentioning the Vietnamese Ice Coffee. If you like coffee, or if you think you are a coffee concoction connoisseur, trying their Vietnamese Ice Coffee is beyond a must. It will thrust you into an ulternate rsz imag1949 1
caffeine super universe....enough said. They also have other beverages that include the traditional sodas and beer, and their Thai Ice Tea with Tapioca Pearls that is just plain fun to drink, especially when you get one of the spongy pearls to come jetting threw your straw and firmly into our mouth, it's as if you just won a prize at a carnival.

Whether we are deep into our season with cooler temps or if its 120 degrees out, a hot bowl of Pho is good anytime at Pho Vu...one of the Coachella Valleys best eateries and a favorite of The Palm Springs Local.

Open 7 days a week 11am to 9pm (Palm Springs location open until 10pm)

Indoor seating /CC accepted/beer $

79-630 Hwy 111 La Quinta 760-775-2417

34-260 Monterey Palm Desert 760-324-1888

285 S. Palm Canyon Palm Springs 760-322-6162

www.phovurestaurant.com

 

 

 

Canton Bistro

The high ceilings and vast dining room are hard to miss when entering Canton Bistro in La Quinta. But as inviting as the aesthetics may be, it's the food that will keep you captivated and coming back for more.

Headed up by Chef Lee of China Wok success in Palm Desert, he has duplicated his talents at Canton Bistro. The menu features traditional favorites including, Sweet & Sour Pork, Crispy Orange Chicken and the Palm Springs Locals fave, Combination Lo Mein with Chicken, Beef and Shrimp!

Besides the traditional, Chef Lee also dazzles with creative dishes such as Hawaiian Shrimp with fresh pineapple, mushrooms, broccoli, onion, red bell pepper, zucchini and jalapenos in a velvet brown sauce.

With ample seating, a full bar and delightful cuisine, Canton Bistro has your "Combination" for perfect Asian dining.

 

Indoor dining, takeout, CC accepted, Full bar, $+

Open 7 days from 11am

79-405 Hwy 111 #5

La Quinta, Ca 92256

760-771-9129

www.mycantonbistro.com

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