August 24, 2004
Palm Springs has a great one in Rancho Mirage. It's hard to miss as it sits right on Hwy 111 and looks like a large Japanese temple or shrine. It has a large blue tile roof with koi ponds and gardens surrounding the landmark.
The kids love Kobe as when you enter you must cross the koi pond via a bridge. At one end of the bridge is a feeding machine for the koi and the kids have a great time trying to keep the little ones fed and fend off the big old granddaddies.
Inside the temple is a little kitschy. It has a big cat buddha and lots of Japanese antiques to make it look like an old Japanese country inn.
It's popular, and in season be prepared for a wait, even with a reservation. Kobe has been here 25 years and has become part of the landscape, and everyone seems to know it.
It's a typical teppan yaki house, where you share with grill with other guests. The kimono-clad waitresses take good care of you, while the chef does his magic. In all honesty the chefs here may not be as flashy as some in big cities. They don't have a lot of the big WOW tricks, but they do a fine job and the kids are always amazed.
The food is fresh and top quality. I always get the steak and shrimp combo. Make sure you order fried rice as that too is done on the grill in front of you.
The prices are a little steep, but this is Palm Springs and they fall in line with other restaurants in the area.
I am a Kobe fan. Okay, there, I admitted it. The food is good, the atmosphere a little cheesy and the staff is friendly. Plus you get plenty to eat. Even if I can't get my foodie friends to join me, I like to stop by alone from time to time.
From journal Palm Springs