There is an exceptional new restaurant on Gene Autry Trail that is almost right on the tarmac of the private plane handler, Atlantic Aviation. Balisage Bistro was launched in February by former Hollywood caterer Daniel Villanueva and we were definitely looking forward to our first visit.
The restaurant is small, intimate with patio seating for viewing a bevy of beautiful private jets. Chef Daniel, who has a farm-to-table approach, grows herbs on the patio and creates every menu item from scratch – including house-made ketchup and caramelized pistachios.
Balisage Bistro offers many reasonably priced Spanish wines and a unique selection of Mediterranean music. We immediately knew we were on our way to an amazing experience.
Our delightful dinner started with Portuguese Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with Cabrales Spanish Blue Cheese and Raspberry Rosewater Coulis. A perfect beginning.The salads are offered in two sizes and our great waitress suggested splitting a large Organic gold beet, baby greens, red onion and herbs with rolled goat cheese in candied walnuts. So fresh and lightly dressed; sharing was the perfect choice.
Our entrees did not disappoint. The special of the night…fresh wild sea scallops on a bed of homemade Pappardelle noodles, (the name derives from the verb “pappare”, to gobble up), which proved an easy task given the unique pairing of two amazing foods. Our second entrée, Duck Cassoulet … braised duck breast, Portuguese bacon, Spanish chorizo and white beans… arrived steaming hot with enticing aromas.
Of course, we definitely opted for dessert. Fig Cake wrapped in black walnuts won out over our second choice of homemade Turkish Ice Cream.
This wonderful new restaurant is also open for breakfast and lunch. We are definitely looking forward to a long morning bike ride, straight to Balisage Bistro. Balisage is a French word that means “marking with lights or beacons”—like runway lighting. We will have no trouble finding our way back to this wonderful desert dining destination.
Balisage Bistro 145 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs; reservations: (760) 406-4565; open daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; balisagebistro.com