What: The mensaf

Where: Taste the World Bar and Grill, 411 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $24

Contact: 619-813-3744; tastetheworldpalmsprings.com

Why: It’s unique and delicious.

Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine owner John Tsoutis broke a lot of foodies’ hearts when he shut down his two Coachella Valley restaurants in favor of a Seal Beach venture. However, those foodies should know that a new restaurant, also offering Mediterranean fare, has opened in the former Evzin Palm Springs space—and that there’s a lot of potential there.

My friends Brad and Jeffrey joined me one recent Monday night at Taste the World Bar and Grill, inside the Caliente Tropics hotel, for a delicious meal. We started off with the dolmades ($10), the baba ganoush ($10) and the hummus ($10), all of which were enjoyable—especially the dolmades; the vegetarian grape leaves were devoured rather quickly.

For entrées, we decided to split the oozie ($19) and the mensaf ($24). If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering: What in the heck are oozie and mensaf? The answers, per the Taste of the World menu: Oozie is a choice of meat (we chose chicken) “with cooked chopped onion, slice almonds, mixed with rice and spices,” and served with salad and tzatziki sauce. The mensaf—a Jordanian specialty—is a similar rice dish, but the meat (lamb, in this case) is cooked with fermented yogurt, and it’s all served with a side of mensaf yogurt.

That mensaf was the star of the meal; the lamb was cooked perfectly, and that yogurt sauce was divine.

The folks at Taste the World Bar and Grill are definitely working out some kinks; while we were the only dine-in customers for most of the evening, there was an overlong lag between the starters and the main courses. But imperfections are to be expected at brand-new places—and the food was good enough to get me quite excited about Taste of the World’s future.

Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. A native of Reno, Nevada, the Dodgers fan went to Stanford University intending to become a sportswriter—but fell...

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