A female dragon sits on a corner in the Uptown Design District of Palm Springs, and her name is JIAO.
JIAO, which means both "female dragon" and "corner" in Chinese, is the third Palm Springs restaurant from owners Tara Lazar and Marco Rosetti, who also own Cheeky's and Birba restaurants, as well as the Alcazar hotel. This Asian concept restaurant sits on the north corner of The Corridor shopping complex, just one block from its sister properties.
The menu includes Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and Japanese influences, to name a few. About 30% of JIAO's menu changes each month, keeping hungry guests on their toes, and plenty of gluten-free options are available, too.
Recently, the restaurant unveiled its "Dim Sum Sundays," offering guests a chance to sample a variety of small plates. And this spring, JIAO will expand to add another dining room with seating for 10.
The key to making the most of a trip to JIAO? Don't settle for one dish. Instead, round up a few friends, order a handful of dishes and dine family-style on JIAO's flavorful, Asian-inspired creations.
- A sleek metal lunch counter and teal stools define the interior, offset by wooden walls, a mirrored panel and granite countertops behind the bar. Subtle decor, like red Chinese lanterns that hang from down-down lights, hint at JIAO's menu offerings. An intimate outdoor patio offers a more social experience amid the Uptown atmosphere.
- JIAO sits at the end of The Corridor, a specialty shopping center in Palm Springs' Uptown Design District.
- Think you hate Brussels sprouts? You'll have a change of heart after trying JIAO's tempura take on these green buds.
- The Lemongrass Pork Noodle Bowl, with peanuts, red leaf lettuce and pickled daikon, is arguably the most popular dish. Be prepared to share this sizable bowl.
- If you're in the mood for a rice dish, try the Oxtail Fried Rice, a hearty serving of tender oxtail and fried rice with dragon sauce.
- Trying to keep it light? JIAO guests rave about the Mizuna Salad, a simple plate of greens (little gem lettuce and avocado) topped with yuzu vinaigrette that packs a big punch.
- Despite not having a full liquor license, resident sommelier and cocktail engineer Rasa Pelz is able to craft innovative, Asian-inspired cocktails like the Kimchi Bloody Mary. Get adventurous and try one of Rasa's seasonal cocktail creations.
- The must-try staple is the Salty Guava Dog, a refreshing mix of sake, ginger beer and guava.
- Classically French-trained pastry chef Chantal Carter borrows menu items like yuzu vinaigrette to create menu items like the Spicy Pineapple, JIAO's interpretation of pineapple upside-down cake.
- Steamed Custard topped with Thai tea crunch and Asian pear is one of JIAO's most popular desserts.
- JIAO's house-made ice cream steals the spotlight in dessert items like the Brownie and Thai Basil Ice Cream Sandwich.
Take a seat
- Dinner reservations are recommended, especially on weekends.
- Opt for a table on the patio to enjoy the Uptown atmosphere while you dine.
515 North Palm Canyon Drive
Website: JIAO Palm Springs