Restaurant: Tropicale Lounge
Location: 330 East Amado Road, Palm Springs, CA. (760) 866-1952
Date: December 26, 2011
Rating: 50s fantasy
Continuing our brief Palm Springs foray we decided to check out a classic dining destination. And classic it was, so much so that it almost seemed like a 50-60 year time warp.
Even the sign is totally old school.
And the Neptune’s Lair style interior bar. The Cuban jazz music only added to the ambiance.
This was sort of a cosmo like drink. Not bad.
And a passionfruit mango one. This one tasted a little fake fruit flavored.
“Salt-Roasted Beet Stack. Imported Gorgonzola & Toasted Pistachios.” Sort of attempt to be more contemporary.
But not this. The “pupu platter. An ‘exotic’ combination of chicken & beef satay, Vietnamese spring rolls, ahi nori rolls, and coconut shrimp.” Everything feel into that half-tasty half-lackluster category. But the sauces were pretty yummy. Edible, but not high art.
“Miso glazed Atlantic Salmon Rice Bowl. Broccoli, snow peas, tomatoes, shitakes & soy.”
“Pan-Roasted Wild Sea Bass with Gingered Thai Red Curry. Pineapple rice, stir fried vegetables, Asian sprout slaw, gingered tomatoes.” This dish was entirely made by the red curry sauce, which was half-decent (not fantastic). I could have used more of it. The vegetables were pretty old-school steamed.
This was a fun evening, even if our three year-old was a handful, but this joint is running on pure kitsch!
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