Palm Springs is known for its diverse cuisine. From classic American dishes to more adventurous flavors from the Far East, taste it all in the Coachella Valley. The most compelling options in town hail from the various Asian eateries. Some are new and some are staples of the area. Here’s a list of the top spots for Asian fare in Palm Springs.
The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge in Palm Desert is one of the classiest spots for Asian cuisine. Chef/owner Engin Onural offers a distinctive approach to classic sushi with an extensive menu and specialty rolls. Venue emanates a chic, modern, and sophisticated edge while maintaining a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Along with the amazing food, its fine sakes will certainly leave you bubbling. Discover what has the Greater Palm Springs area raving. 73111 El Paseo, Ste. 103, Palm Desert. 760-346-1500. www.thevenuepalmdesert.com
Striking a trendy but casual tone, Jiao offers the perfect retreat from the summer sun. This Asian Fusion experience is replete with all the favorites of Eastern cuisine. Jiao is perfect for a hip lunch or a chic dinner date, and its savvy staff will direct you toward the tastiest options. Ambiance is certainly not lost inside the stylish interior or out on the comfortable patio. With a full bar, delectable desserts like the Thai basil ice cream sandwich, and an ever-changing menu, you’ll always be in step with the latest tastes at Jiao. 515 N Palm Canyon Dr., Ste. B-10, Palm Springs.
For authentic Vietnamese cuisine, look no further than Pho 533. Open every day for lunch and dinner, Pho 533 satisfies your every craving with its spring rolls, soups, rice dishes, Vermicelli, and vegetarian dishes. The extensive menu is complete with great tea options, beers, and desserts. Stop in for the freshest fare in Palm Springs. 1775 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Ste. 625, Palm Springs. 760-778-6595. www.pho533.com
Asian Bistro has it all — Thai, Chinese, and Japanese food — under one roof. Favorites include Pad Thai, wonton soup, chicken dishes, and its magnificent sushi bar. Open every day, this Asian hot spot has great lunch specials, along with a full wine bar and classic sake. Its bubble tea and smoothies are delicious and perfect for combatting the summer sun. 362 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-322-9998. www.asianbistroca.com
The name says it all — Thai Smile will have you beaming with quality food and service. Visited by Martha Stewart, this eatery is no stranger to fame. The original flavors created at Thai Smile provide a personal touch to every classic Thai dish. Whether you’re in the mood for salad, rice noodles, curry flavors, a vegetarian plate, or a specialty entrée, the options are infinite — there’s even a “create your own” section of the menu. The epicenter of Thai cuisine in the Coachella Valley is here at Thai Smile. 651 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-320-5503. www.thaismilepalmsprings.com
Do Your Thang at Wang's
Wang’s in the Desert elevates Pan Asian Cuisine with its impressive roster of menu items that titillate the senses. Tempura soft-shell crab and black bean chicken are excellent choices for carnivores. Vegetarians, feast on steamed Chinese baby bok choy and Sichuan eggplant. For dessert, try Wang’s fortune cookie. Confucius says: “It’s good to the last bite.” Wang’s will also participate in Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week, through June 16. 424 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-325-9264. www.wangsinthedesert.com