Fine Dining Views At The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
My husband Bill and I have dined several times at the Ritz-Carlton’s State Fare restaurant, and we’ve always enjoyed it. This season the Ritz opened its new fine dining restaurant. Perched on the edge of a hill adjacent to the Ritz pool area you’ll find The Edge. The Edge’s location offers sweeping down valley views. Nighttime, however, is when the valley lights up.
Prior to dinner, I sampled an excellent Moscow Mule. For starters I enjoyed Charred Octopus served with petite potatoes, herb salad, smoked paprika and vinaigrette dressing. Bill ordered the King Crab plate with gooseberries, English cucumber, hearts of palm and trout roe. Both starters were exceptional.
A Carnivore’s Delight
The Edge entrée menu is a carnivore’s delight. Having grown up on a dairy farm, I gravitate toward fish and poultry. Besides the vegetarian dish, I had three choices; Mary’s Chicken, Maine Lobster or my choice, Levantine Sea Bream. My Sea Bream was prepared with Littleneck clams, spring peas & tendrils; I enjoyed this dish although I thought it could have used a touch less salt.
Bill decided to try his first genuine Wagyu steak. To be specific, this was Satsuma Japanese Wagyu from Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu Island, Japan. Bill ordered a six ounce New York cut that priced at $130 a la carte! The steak was first presented to Bill before cutting, then again before cooking. The marbling was amazing. But with all that marbling Bill found the steak a bit too fatty tasting, and it was under seasoned.
Brussels Sprouts Trying To Impersonate Asparagus
We dined with another couple, and they enjoyed their starters and dinners. And yes, we all sampled some tempting desserts. The company was great, the dining room and views were beautiful, but the service was not consistent throughout the evening for a restaurant of this price range. One server thought our Brussels Sprouts were Asparagus, and another tried several times to remove two plates that were still being enjoyed.
Hopefully, any service kinks will be worked out shortly. I’m also hoping that Chef will add a few more non-meat dishes for us non-carnivores. Drinks and starters at the Edge bar could be another possibility for you to consider.
The Edge at The Ritz-Carlton is open during the summer on Friday’s and Saturday’s and returns to regular hours in the fall. The Ritz-Carlton, 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA (760) 321-8282.
Top Photo: Courtesy Ritz-Carlton, Ranch Mirage. Wagyu photo: William Dettman