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What To Order At The Purple Palm At The Colony Palms, Palm Springs

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August 29, 2014 at 8:34 AM | by | ()

Strawberry Shortcake

The Colony Palms has always been a sceney place in Palm Springs – especially now that it has semi-official links with Soho House members. If you’re not staying, a meal at the poolside restaurant, the Purple Palm, has always been a good way of poking your nose into that scene – it takes up one side of the pool, so you’re literally feet away from the beautiful people sunbathing, swimming, or, er, coupling in the pool.

The Purple Palm has stepped it up a gear this summer, with a new exec chef, Greg Stillman. He’s going local – focusing on working with California “producers and foragers” to get seasonal ingredients on PP plates – while the restaurant itself got a makeover last month, vamping up the Moroccan elements.

The menu was in soft opening, if you can say that of a menu, when we visited in July. Here’s what we had:

· Maple glazed pork belly, fried green tomato, apricot chutney ($13): Delicious sweet-and-salty meat, but not too fatty (which normally puts us off pork belly).

· Duck breast, toasted farro, yellow peaches, arugula, pickled cherries, hydromiel sauce ($36): This was too sweet for our palate, although that’s something we probably should have picked up on from the description. We thought maybe it’d be sweet in a Moroccan way, but it was more of an American way. If you’re the type of person who likes your sweet potatoes with marshmallow, though, this is definitely for you.

· Prime New York steak, corn succotash, roasted pee wee potatoes, cabernet jus ($39): This was pretty phenomenal – surprisingly tender (even though our friend ordered it medium), and the vegetables were fantastic. Yes, ordering steak is boring, but sometimes – like this time – you should just do that.

· Milk chocolate caramel torte, toasted hazelnuts, salted caramel ice cream ($9): Just as good as you’d think – the salted caramel ice cream really made it.
· Strawberry Shortcake, buttermilk biscuit, turbinado sugar, Chantilly cream, top pic ($9): Light, refreshing but delicious. If you’re normally a chocolate dessert fiend, this is worth breaking your routine for.
· Purple Lemonade ($13): This is a vodka-based cocktail with muddled blueberries and blackberries, and was the signature cocktail. Again, it was too sweet for us (possibly a theme?), and tasted of sugar rather than berries. However, the good news is that the cocktail menu has changed in the past few weeks, and the new “Cocktail Program” looks far more impressive. [Update: the Purple Lemonade is still on the menu, it's just changed its name to the Purple Hammer]

The Purple Palm is open daily for breakfast 8-11am, lunch 11-4pm, “small plates” 4-6pm, and dinner 6-9pm Sunday-Thursday, and 6-10pm Friday and Saturday. The bar stays open for an extra hour each night.

[Photos: Julia Buckley for HotelChatter]

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