HEXX - Las Vegas, NV - 4 1/2 Golden Spoons

While we've stayed at Paris many times, this was our first experience at HEXX.  What a find.  An extensive menu perfect for a quick bite but also fit for foodies.  The pepperoni pizza is fantastic as a simple dish or try the mussels and scallops for a more sophisticated main course!We ordered multiple selections off the menu and all were sensational including the cheesy garlic bread which is actually stuffed with warm ricotta cheese and the flatbread carpaccio with roasted tomatoes, red onions and arugula.  Notable fantastic service too!  Our waiter, Kevin Smith, was attentive, engaging, and extremely knowledgeable.  Made the whole evening memorable.  On top of that, the restaurant's GM visited our table.  We will be back every time we visit Las Vegas!  That says it all.  

Tropicale - Palm Springs, CA - 5 Golden Spoons

The headline says it all! The Tropicale is on my Top 5 list of must-visit restaurants in Southern California. A fantastic vibrant bar scene, a lush tropical outdoor patio, and an elegant indoor dining room. The Tropicale has it all. Frequented by locals and visitors alike, this place not only boasts exceptional service, but a spectacular Pacific Rim inspired menu, as well. I’ve been a regular patron of this restaurant for years and The Tropicale has consistently delivered wonderful memorable experiences and the biggest and best martinis in the Coachella Valley! This visit, I was accompanied by a group of friends visiting from Europe who share my enthusiasm and appreciation for great cuisine. We decided to explore a number of selections from the menu to be shared family-style. Each dish was perfectly presented and delightfully delicious. Favorite appetizers included the Tangerine-Glazed Calamari with green peppers, ginger, and mandarin oranges, the Hawaiian-Style Poke on Taro Root Chips with pineapple pepper slaw and a chile soy vinaigrette, and the Chili-Rubbed Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Cream. Yum!!! My guests were impressed. For our main courses, we had to have the restaurant’s signature Crispy Boneless Southern Fried Chicken, which was marinated in buttermilk and paprika and served with corn mashed potatoes, and buttered collard greens. The light crunchy batter was masterfully spiced, and the traditional sides added to the authenticity of this dish. We also enjoyed the Vietnamese Caramel Pork Chop which was served tomahawk style, with cilantro and chili sticky rice, and gai lin broccoli. Another phenomenal dish from The Tropicale! Finally, the adventurous dessert menu is not to be overlooked. The Elephant Cheesecake with peanut butter cream, chocolate ganache, and chocolate shortbread is a must and the Green Apple Pie with white cheddar crust and vanilla bean gelato is a creative interpretation of an American classic. So, if you’re looking to impress a group of friends or just to enjoy a nice romantic dinner, you really can’t go wrong with The Tropicale 

Mon Ami Gabi - Las Vegas, NV - 5 Golden Spoons

Edit Post TextMon Ami Gabi is on our must-visit list every time we are in Las Vegas.  You really can’t beat the exceptional cuisine, service, and value.  Some of our dinner menu favorites include the Escargot, the Steak Tartare, the Skate Wing, and the Dover Sole.  For dessert, the cheesecake with caramel sauce is absolutely delicious.Lunch is quite outstanding, as well.  Delectable crepes and salads.  And…if you are lucky enough to be served by waiter Steve Lavelle, you are in for a treat.  He is one of the most attentive, engaging, knowledgeable waiters we’ve every encountered.  We always request his station when we make reservations.  If Steve is not available, Jeremy does an excellent job as well!!

CIE Sichuan - Indio, CA - 5 Golden Spoons

We’ve been looking for a great Chinese restaurant in the Valley for years now.  Today, we found one that checks all the boxes!  Immaculately clean, welcoming, atmosphere. Warm, friendly staff. Incredible diverse menu with Sichuan influence and a full selection of Dim Sum, our only challenge was what to order.  So, we let our brilliant server Laura along with one of the owners help us with our choices. This visit, we enjoyed the scallion pancake, pork dumplings, garlic eggplant, sweet potato greens, and stir-fried lamb..                                      Scallion Pancake                                        Garlic Eggplant                                        Stir Fried Lamb Each dish was clearly home made with fresh ingredients and bursting with flavor. Nothing was oily or fatty, and you could taste the passion in each course.  Service and cuisine exceeded expectations. Great value too!  We can’t wait to come back.

The Royce - Pasadena, CA - 5 Golden Spoons

Although we'd heard rave reviews of this restaurant for years, this was our first dining experience at They Royce at the famous Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California.  It did not disappoint.  In fact, it exceeded expectations on all levels.  The dining room is quite elegant in a traditional black and white motif that overlooks some of the spectacular grounds of the hotel.  The extensive menu features a variety of American and European meat and seafood dishes but is known for its selection of USDA Prime Cuts, and authentic Australian and Japanese Wagyu, prepared over a wood-fired grill with White Oak.  While most other diners appeared to be focused on the gill menu, we decided to venture outside the box a bit based upon suggestions from our outstanding waiter, Rob.  We started with the veal sweetbreads, which were seared and served with sunchokes, bacon, and a red wine reduction.  I'm a sweetbread fanatic, and this was one of the best preparations I've ever had.  What a fantastic explosion of flavors and textures.  Next, we had the seared foie gras which was served with a gorgeous balsamic sauce on the side with lovely micro-greens.  Perfection.   For our mains, we had the Wisconsin veal chop with a madeira jus accompanied by a house-made fettuccine  with veal lardons.  The veal was tender and flavorful and the fettuccine was perfectly prepared.   We also enjoyed the risotto with shaved black truffles.  This can be a difficult dish to execute, but the rice was exactly right and the portion of truffles was absolutely decadent.   Simon, our sommelier, recommended a marvelous port to be paired with the house beignets and creme brulee for dessert.  He suggested we actually open the beignets and use the creme as a filling.  How wonderful and extravagant.  It's rare to find that perfect blend of a gorgeous atmosphere, superb service, and spectacular cuisine.  Kudos to The Royce.  We will be back.   


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