Does your appetite have a certain Je ne sais quoi quality to it? It will be best fulfilled at Café des Beaux-Arts where their delicacies instantly transport you to the City of Lights. Le petit déjeuner, served Friday through Monday, features the signature mouthwatering salty and sweet crêpes, Belgian waffles, and Quiche Lorraine with a lightly toasted baguette. Mediterranean French flavors dominate the lunch menu; choose from among exquisite salads, sandwiches, and pastas. (The Scallops Wrapped in Bacon served over lentil salad and the Grilled Shrimp and Scallops with spinach salad are must-tries.) For dinner, order the Bouillabaisse in a saffron broth or Duckling à l'Orange, and a bottle of Grenache Mathis, Sonoma to go with it. For the foodies eager to sample several dishes, many selections are offered as half plates, and a tantalizing "Small Bites" menu is also available at Le Bar from 4 p.m. until close.
Enjoy live jazz on Wednesday and Friday evenings in the art-filled, Montmartre-style dining room or in the charming patio bistro overlooking El Paseo at Larkspur. This covered patio is the ideal spot to see and be seen.
(bō'yäbes', -bās';) n. [[Fr < Prov boulh-abaisso, lit., boils and settles < bouli (Fr bouillir), to boil + abaissa (Fr abaisser): see abase]] a stew of various fish, crustacean shellfish, vegetables, and seasonings: the broth is served over bread slices, often with a spicy garlic sauce, and the fish and vegetables are served alongside. Saffron is the signature ingredient in Café des Beaux-Arts' Bouillabaisse. It's heaven in a bowl.
Café Des Beaux-Arts
73640 El Paseo (at Larkspur), Palm Desert 93640