Melvyn's - Palm Springs, CA - 5 Golden Spoons
What a transformation! This iconic Palm Springs restaurant is located in the historic Ingleside Inn once a favorite of old-glamour Hollywood celebs including Spencer Tracy, Howard Hughes, and Norman Vincent Peale. However, in the past ten years or so, the restaurant had really become somewhat tired and run down until the PlumpJack Group, a noted San Francisco based hospitality firm acquired the property in 2016 and undertook a major restoration of the entire facility, completed in 2017. What’s so fantastic about the renovated Melvyn’s is that they kept the 1940’s supper club feel with dark brown walls and romantic fixtures and even kept dishes on the menu that have virtually disappeared from modern view, including Steak Diane, Veal Oscar, and Chateaubriand for Two prepared table side. They also kept the seasoned wait staff, many of whom have been with the property for decades and understand the art of classic dinner service. This visit, we were lucky enough to have Robert as our server who epitomizes excellent dining care; attentive, engaging, warm, and efficient. But on to dinner, we started with the Lobster Cocktail and Wedge Salad. The Lobster was served with a mango and citrus salad, remoulade, and cocktail sauce. A generous portion that was absolutely bright, fresh, and delicious. The Wedge Salad was classically dressed with chopped hard-boiled eggs, almonds, crispy bacon, and a creamy blue cheese dressing, but served atop baby gem lettuce as opposed to the traditional iceberg greens. This may be one of the best Wedge Salads we’ve ever had. For entrees, we chose the Seared Scallops and the Sole Piccata. Four magnificent scallops were accompanied by a roasted red pepper puree with wild rice, green beans, and baby carrots on the side. Spectacular dish. The sole was lightly sautéed in a delicate white wine, lemon, caper sauce that was simple but perfectly prepared. Not a easy feat. By dessert time, we were quite sated. Perhaps next time. Overall, a wonderful memorable evening. Melvyn’s is an old yet new must-visit dining experience for locals and visitors alike. The staff from the host to bartenders, waiters and even table bus, carry you back to a by-gone era of service and the menu is magnificent. Can’t wait to go back.