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Eating at the Bar: Johannes in Palm Springs

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Following up a tip on these boards, the first meal of my April visit to Palm Springs was schnitzel in the bar at Johannes. Available nightly, this is a half-portion of the usual dish, either veal or chicken, and can be ordered plain or with sauce options for a supplement.

To adjust my attitude after the long drive down, I started with a cocktail. The $11 Ecu Martini, based on housemade English cucumber vodka infusion, made for a pretty picture but was absolutely tasteless and a complete waste of money.
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The half-order special of veal schnitzel, $15, turned out to be more than enough for a meal. Beautifully executed with crispy breading, the best bites were with just a squeeze of lemon. I’d ordered it with lemon caper sauce, $3 more, but it really wasn’t necessary. Waxy fingerling potatoes, cranberry compote, and a dilled cucumber salad came with the schnitzel. The additional side I ordered of sauteed spinach, $5, was just plain gross. Instead of being sautéed as described on the menu, the spinach was boiled to death, then squeezed into fist-size clumps. Overcooked, malodorous, stringy, and old-tasting, this was a crime against vegetables. When my server checked in with me and I explained everything that was wrong with this meal, he only said he’d let the kitchen know.
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Resentful that more than half the cost of my meal was flushed down the crapper, I didn’t stick around for dessert.

Johannes
196 South Indian Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs
(760) 778-0017
http://www.johannesrestaurants.com/

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