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“Cataluña in the Dessert”

Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant
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Ranked #9 of 105 Restaurants in Rancho Mirage
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $45
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between Frank Sinatra & Country Club
Description: Family owned & operated, Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine is situated in the heart of Restaurant Row in Rancho Mirage. The restaurant specializes in Western Mediterranean cuisine bringing forth tastes from Italy & Spain. Known to offer one of the most authentic Paella and Tapas experience in the Desert. The restaurant also offers a rustic yet modern atmosphere that is bound to make one have a comprehensive experience of the food. We take immense pride in our staff FOH & BOH who are very committed to offer you the best quality of food and service. The adjacent Boqueria Bar specializes in House Signature drinks as well as offer innovative cocktails while promising the guest an ambiance of elegance and fun. Awards: Palm Springs Best New Restaurant of the Year 2013. RAMMY Award Winner - Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year 2014. Palm Springs Life Best of the Best 2014.
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Driving trough Palm Spring and Rancho Mirage we suddenly saw the typical logo for Cataluña and we stopped, turned around to look closer the place. After reviewing the menu and the hours of operation the decision was to go back the same evening to check it out. It was a great decision; we love the cuisine from Spain (we go to Spain at least once a year) and we were not disappointed. We ordered the pre-fixe menu $ 21. I had the Romaine hearts with garlic croutons and anchovy dressing; my husband had the mixed green salad, radishes, cucumber and champagne vinaigrette. Both salads were excellent: fresh ingredients, not too salty and very tasty. As main course my husband had the grill sword fish skewer with grill marinated Romaine lettuce heart, beluga lentils and Romesco sauce. Incredible. I choose the Paella. I am in love with the marriage of flavors that comes from this dish. I was not disappointed. Actually, I was greatly surprise for the quality, flavor and texture. I could said that this was the best Paella I had outside of Spain. Bravo for Drew! The desserts were Cream Sweet Custard with candy orange and toasted almonds and Cappuccino Ice cream with chocolate almond bark. A wonderful choice to finish a marvelous dinner experience. Drew Davis, executive chef, and his wife were extremely warm and welcoming. The whole services was excellent and amicable. One more thing, it was the best value for your money! We are going back next month, October, to try the new Fall menu.

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

This is an incredible little place in Rancho Mirage. Spanish, err Catalan food (Catalonians hate it when you call them Spanish) in the desert.
Gourmet is the order of the day by this talented executive chef (Drew Davis), who came out to greet the customers & check on them on a Saturday evening. We went there twice since it's opened a few months ago. Actually, the very first time, we decided to just show up, and could not get a table! At that time, it had recently opened & received an excellent review in the local paper (The Desert Sun). We went back another time when there was an annual restaurant week in the desert. We were even more impressed the second time around. The location is almost hard to find in Rancho Mirage, and was occupied by a Thai restaurant prior to the present owner. The dinning room is simple & well lit. We ordered a glass of wine & a very good Spanish beer (Estrella from Barcelona).
The meal started with some bread for every table, accompanied by a most delicious, rich, creamy chicken "foi gras". It was so good, you forget it is not duck. Also added is some well seasoned olives & some olive oil to bread into. I tried the grilled octopus as am appetizer, and it was quite good. The main course was Grilled Swordfish Skewer with an amazing grilled marinated Romaine hearts (I did not know lettuce can taste so amazing). The fish was sitting on top of equally amazing lentils, with a dash of Romesco sauce on the side, in a nicely decorated plate. My friend had the grilled veal skirt steak, with sunchoke & fontina gratin (delicious potatoes) served in a beautiful rouned small plate & tastes crunchy on its surface. This was accompanied by roasted shishito peppers, with salsa verde. The meal was topped with Catalan cream sweet custard with toasted almonds on its surface, and 2 slices of incredibly thin-cut candied orange slices. I could have an order of JUST those orange slices, they were so good.
Overall, a very creative chef, who serves fantastic, gourmet food in a simple setting. Highly recommended, and will most visit there again & again.

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1  Thank AMG789
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Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I tried this restaurant last night. The chef, Drew, and the staff were very personable.  Drew was kind enough to prepare a custom appetizer for us.  We started with Serrano ham with grilled pears and Gorgonzola. From there we had the paella, and a wonderful cappuccino ice cream.  It was the best paella we can remember having - and we are used to Gerard, "The Paella Guy" from Napa, CA, who won a paella throw down with Bobby Flay!  Everything was so amazing, including the house made sangria, limoncello, and pineapple infused vodka, that we cancelled another reservation for tonight so that we can go back!

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1  Thank AdoreFrance66
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

From the start to the cold expresso it was a complete flaw. The paelha was so disappointed that only the few pieces of the sausage were decent.

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1  Thank Vyvyan M
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

This restaurant undoubtedly deserves the many comments posted here as a restaurant having great potential but falls flat on several fronts. First, let me say a few words about the signature dish - PAELLA. I'm putting it kindly here when I say it was disappointing. The reports on this board about it being 'soupy' are true. Drew (head chef and owner) needs to listen to the people who have consistently commented on this forum about the dishes main flaw ... It's too runny and lacks the authentic baked (almost crispy) flavor that should come out in a properly prepared PAELLA. In case Drew is reading this review and I hope he does, we know the difference between a properly prepared PAELLA as we lived in Spain; ate PAELLA on the beach made by authentic Spanish fishers; and, can truly attest that that DREW's PAELLA is seriously disconnected from the real thing. This should be a concern as if you screw up the main 'signature' dish, well, as they say, you can only make a great first impression once. Following the PAELLA amateur hour, we cautiously requested desert. But for our professional and cheery waiter 'Kristien', that too would have been a disaster. Kristien took it upon herself to actually make the deserts as what came out of the kitchen from the staff amounted to an uninspiring lump of iced-something not worthy of being plated on cardboard. Even under Kristien's steady and keen eye, the deserts were unflattering, albeit tasty. Speaking of service, it was wonderful which is not surprising as we were one of only three tables occupying the restaurant. To be fair, it was a Monday night and smack-dab in the middle of the summer season but surely there is a strong correlation between the Chef / owners' reluctance to read these reviews and and the empty seats which were everywhere. The bottom line - Drew needs to listen to his guests and take some pride in his cuisine. This restaurant has great, long-term potential but will fail unless the chef decide to crack down on shoddy, unauthentic, uninspiring dishes and keeps a watchful eye on his back-house staff who are doing him no favors. You get one more chance from us and then we're calling it quits.

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2  Thank Bmcarthur
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