For several months we been hearing about The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge that opened last fall. At first it seemed that it might attract more of a tourist crowd since it was across from the casino. Then, as with any new restaurant, the buzz seemed to be mixed about the service and food.
However a couple of weeks ago two of our friends who we value for their restaurant recommendations, told us that they had had a wonderful meal there. So when we were coming back from a very HOT weekend in Los Angeles, I suggested we go there. We were not disappointed.
From the outside it is hard to get a sense of the place, but they have a nice small parking lot in the back and a lovely outdoor patio and bar area. (Even with the misters on, it was too hot for us.) Once inside where it was cool, we were seated at a large banquet with very high backs. I don’t know why more places don’t use these higher banquets as they help to make your space a bit more intimate and your conversation enclosed. Some places now get so noisy that it is very hard to hear at your own table.
We started out with two of their specialty cocktails from their “Coral Seas Lounge”: a Peach Mojitos (Bacardi Peach Rum, Ginger Ale, Mint & Lime) and a Desert Pear Margarita
(Patrón Silver Tequila & Desert Pear Juice with Fresh Lime and a splash of Grand Marnier). Just yummy on a hot night.
Our waitress couldn’t have been nicer; on the ball, relaxed, funny and informative. What else could you ask for? Three of us ordered the Thai Grilled Shrimp & Papaya Salad with Cucumbers Sweet Red Onons, Toasted Pine Nuts & Lime Ginger Vinaigrette; the Pressed Cuban Sandwich with Roasted Pork Loin, Smoked Ham, Swiss Cheese, Dill Pickles and Mustard, and the Grilled Yucatán Chicken Sausage & Jalapeño Pizza with Jack Cheese, Roasted Corn, Red Peppers and Cilantro.
There were lots of nice smaller dishes too, but no one wanted to share, so we’ll have to go back for them. The entrees also looked great, as did the deserts. But for a hot evening, this place had just the right touch. It was cool in so many ways from it’s decor to those dining, that I am sure we’ll be spending more nights at The Tropicale.