Essense Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa Two Bunch Palms Resort Spa Cossi Houegban Essense
Enjoy a farm-to-fork menu at the restaurant of this legendary Desert Hot Springs property.
Openings: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily


  • Parking lot
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Entertainment: Jazz Thurs.-Fri.
  • Outdoor dining
  • Reservations suggested
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Essense Restaurant Review:

Rumor has it that Two Bunch Palms was built by Al Capone as his West Coast hideout. What would the pasta-loving gangster think of his former digs and its signature restaurant’s farm-to-fork menu? Chef Cossi Houegban culls flavors popular in Mediterranean-style cooking, such as olives, citrus juices, sweet figs, garlic and whole grains. Scottish salmon features a nice texture and is accompanied by quinoa, cranberries, bell peppers and a Champagne yogurt emulsion. The ahi tower has an airy avocado mousse, orchard lemon balm and puffed rice. Lunch offers an array of salads, sandwiches and burgers. For breakfast, you’ll find plenty of granola, poached eggs and salmon dishes. Unlike other spa destinations, wine and beer flow freely. Expansive windows frame the San Jacinto Mountains, and a tree rises up from Essense’s floor like a phoenix. A backdrop of light natural woods, alabaster walls and miniature cactus centerpieces adds to the ambience.

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