Cuistot Palm Desert Menu Happy HourCuistot Palm Desert Fruit Cheese“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Luckily for me, this idiom does not apply! Married for nearly 18 years, I have cooked less than 10 meals. While such a bold admission might garner outrage by some and pity from others, it is my lack of culinary skills that has increased my admiration for cooks!

While I will always be partial to my husband’s home cooking, Cuistot (French for cook) Chef-Owner Bernard Dervieux’s California–French cuisine is praise-worthy and sure to attract many admirers.

After a recent visit to the Certified Farmers Market in Palm Desert, my associates and I wanted to refresh with some drinks and appetizers. Located nearby, Cuistot’s imposing structure commands attention. Upon entering, one is transported to an elegant country–modern setting, including spacious dining areas, a massive fireplace, and an open kitchen.

Cuistot Palm Desert Papparedelle Truffle

Electing to sit in the bar area, Carol, Jonathan, and I were greeted by an amiable waiter who presented us with a High Top Table Menu. Drink options included an assortment of wines, a House Martini, a House Cosmo, an Appeltini, and a Lemon Drop. The colorful Cheese and Fruit Platter looked like a piece of art; succulent Lamb Sliders nearly succeeded in making a meat-lover out of me. A new and interesting flavor for my taste buds was Black Truffle Pappardelle Pasta. The Mussels were scrumptious and brought back memories of eating them for the first time in the European country of Luxembourg. Of course, we had to try the Crème Brulee; it was divine!

Cuistot Palm Desert MusselsNext time I dine at Cuistot, I’d like to sit on the beautiful terrace beneath the stars with my husband who most definitely deserves a night off from cooking!

– By Hilary Christiansen