Kobe Chef

My New Jersey friends Jeff and Joe—who’ve been coming to the Palm Springs Valley, and staying in Rancho Mirage, for years—recently decided to come spend “season” here with we desert dwellers to see if they might want to sell lock, stock, and barrel back east and retire here permanently. So, they rented a vacation home for four months, attended most of our community’s special events, soaked in the rays, and even indulged the urge to volunteer at Eisenhower Medical Center.

When it came time for them to drive back to the Garden State, they and the dear new friends they made over the winter needed a place to have a going-away party. Since I was on the guest list, I suggested we make a reservation for a night of teppanyaki at Kobe Japanese Steakhouse www.koberanchomirage.com. Our evening was perfect. Our group of 10 overtook one full table, where our private chef expertly led us through our appetizer and chicken, steak, or seafood main courses while our beautiful geisha server took care of the libations. We finished off with a round of green tea ice cream, and vowed to return at the beginning of next season for the kick-off dinner.

I, of course, won’t wait so long. I’ve long known that Kobe is the place to group dine—whether with friends or family. Busy seven nights a week, this desert institution packs ’em in and keeps ’em wanting more. Not only that. The freshly prepared food is truly delicious, and the longtime staff know how to make every guest feel like an emperor or empress.