T. Cook's Phoenix Reviews
Fine Dining in Romantic Royal Palm Resort Apr 29, 2011
Whisk your date away into old colonial Spain, where Mediterranean breezes and flavors waft into your nostrils. The mood is set with dim lighting, siena and sunburnt vaulted ceilings, cozy fireplaces, and an elegant ambiance.
Start your evening off in the lounge, with its posh leather couches, mahogany bar, antique lamps, and baby grand piano to set the mood. The menu of specialty cocktails will make any discerning carouser dance with delight. From the "Sweetheart" with chambord vodka, champagne, and chambord - to the "Rose Petal Infusion" with grey goose, strawberries, st. germaine elderflower, and a rose petal, your lovely lady will be swooning with ardour, or from the strong martinis. The mixologists here know their libations. Drinks are poured with the finest spirits and crafted with love, and you pay accordingly for an average of $14. However, do not let this dampen your spirits as Happy Hour is from 5p-7p, and reverse Happy Hour from 10p-midnight Sunday through Thursday. Appetizers are half price, featured drinks and wines by the glass for $6.
So after your palate has been readied for the culinary splendour that is about to meet your lips, try one of the lounge's appetizers or wait until you are seated in the restaurant to be impressed. The lounge has an eclectic menu which features "Fruit De Mar" (tempura fried calamari, shrimp, and scallops), the very popular Belgian snack of "Mussels and Frites" (mussels dish served with a side of french fries), "Adana Kebabs" served with pita and yogurt, and even an American favorite, the short rib sandwhich. Average price is $12.
Want to impress your date? Order the Chilled shellfish and bubbles entree right at the bar, as the piano man croons in the background. This delectable entree comes with maine lobster, king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, and oysters on the half shell, and is served with two glasses of house champagne, for a mere $55. Now if that isn't the perfect aphrodisiac...
If dining solely in the restaurant, you will not be disappointed by the first class service, attention to detail, and the fine food that is so lovingly prepared by its chef.
The meals are split up into courses, and I strongly suggest you do all three to fully explore the tempting Mediterranean treats that this restaurant has to offer.
Start off with the "Burgundian Escargot" (with mushroom raviolis, roasted beets, watercress salad, and vegetable beurre rouge) or the phenomenal "Crab Cakes'" (with house-made chorizo, clams, and roasted clam puree). Not in the mood for seafood, but still enjoy good belly timber? Then try the duet of roasted bonemarrow and sauteed sweetbreads served with their housemade brioche and a horseradish infused orange marmelade.
Now you are ready to clear your palate for your main course, something light to pique those tastebuds...the "lobster fennel bisque," or the unbelievably ambrosial "Pear Salad" with its gorgeous blending of spiced pecans and blue cheese on organic greens.
If you are a devotee to food, then you have saved room for the main course. Choose from Chef Lee's Carbonara, (my personal favorite) with garlic cream, pancetta, prosciutto, and egg yolk. For Spanish fare, there is T. Cook's signature Paella, straight from the fireplace, or a sinful slow roasted lamb stuffed with feta. Many more seafoods and steaks grace this menu, for an average cost of $32. You will definitely expect to pay accordingly for the quality, flavor, and love that is put into these amazing dishes.
A dining experience fit for the gods, sure to impress your date, and your palate.
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