THE VENUE SUSHI BAR &
Chic. Modern. Sophisticated. But also casual and friendly.
Ask around. The Venue is the cool hot spot on El Paseo in Palm Desert, popular with locals, out-of-town visitors and food critics who serve up rave reviews.
The Venue is artful, from its sleek décor to the original, ever-evolving menu, enthusiastically created by owner/chef Engin Onural. "This is my art," he shares. "Each plate is a painting, but I use fish instead of paint."
No detail is overlooked. Even the exotic specialty drinks are original works of art. Such as the Flor Dulce, which combines sparkling sake, edible hibiscus flower and hibiscus nectar.
Because Engin is a Sake Sommelier, you can also sample a surprising array of fine Sakes, as well as Asian beers and fine wines.
Everything is designed to enhance your enjoyment of a distinctive menu of sushi and other dishes that can only be called "unexpected." The signature roll, The Venue, is not like any spicy tuna roll you've ever ordered. It's topped with salmon, seared with a blowtorch, with a light sauce, micro greens and tabiko (flying fish caviar). The Bosphorus, which pays homage to Engin's homeland of Turkey, features shrimp tempura, crab, avocado and escolar, with a hint of heat. That's just two of the delicious possibilities on The Venue's menu.
Visit often. You wouldn't want to miss Chef Engin's latest creations.