A Unique Epicurean Delight for Coachella Valley Residents and Visitors Alike
Written By: Rex Lee Searcey
Photography Provided By: Chris Martello Brunch in Rancho Mirage
Nowhere is brunch taken more seriously than in the Coachella Valley. And, while brunch opportunities may be fairly common, the one now offered at Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine in Rancho Mirage is uncommon indeed.
On Friday, Jan. 10, state and local politicians, business leaders, media representatives and many of the restaurant’s long-time, devoted patrons gathered at Catalan to celebrate the kick-off of the new Sunday brunch menu. After the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, introductions and congratulatory remarks, participants got down to the anticipated activities—chatting and sampling several of the scrumptious dishes on the new menu.
Having worked in some of the finest restaurants around the country, the talent Chef Drew Davis has developed is evident in his culinary creations. He and his wife, Cynthia, are co-owners and are proud of the exceptional dining establishment they have worked so hard to create. “We try to bring that sense of the enjoyment of family and friends to the table,” says Cynthia. “Leave your phone, computer and work; they’ll be there tomorrow.”
In Chef Drew’s kitchen, everything is made from scratch. “It’s all about quality and simplicity. All ingredients are the freshest available,” says Chef Drew. The best produce is obtained locally, and the finest specialty ingredients are imported, according to Drew. For example, fresh octopus is imported from Spain’s Mediterranean waters for the charred deepwater Spanish octopus, which is the restaurant’s most popular dish.
Catalan’s brunch menu reflects its Mediterranean and Spanish-fusion focus. Though the menu offers some traditional brunch favorites, many of them possess Chef Drew’s special twist, such as his version of eggs Benedict, which features ibérico ham (the finest in the world) and is prepared with French bread and saffron hollandaise sauce. But the reason true foodies will want to make a point of visiting is the array of rare and inspired dishes, including the tortilla Espanola or rock shrimp and polenta—and don’t miss the chocolate-filled churros for dessert!
One of Catalan’s regular patrons—also a member of the Palm Springs Eats foodie group—says, “Chef Drew is so creative. I’ve tried almost everything here and it’s all wonderful, so I’m looking forward to the new brunch.”
“We’re trying to provide great food, great service and great atmosphere for that totally amazing dining experience,” explains Chef Drew. First-time customers who come initially to enjoy Sunday brunch may well want to return to try Catalan’s other impressive fare, such as the all-you-can-eat tapas or the whole, roasted suckling pig dinner, which is a truly spectacular feast!
Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
70026 Hwy 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270