Chowpup came for three days R&R in the desert this weekend. Went to catch a little blackjack at the "Old" casino at the Ramon exit and the 10 freeway. Very nice atmosphere and headed almost immediately to their restaurant (one of about five including a steak house) "Marasinko" which has a somewhat fusion menu but also has pasta and salads.
The room is nothing short of spectacular - very warm subdued lighting, extraordinarily comfortable booths and chairs, great art work and the room which could be a barn is well divided by jumbo pots with plants and little walkways flanked by plants to break the room up. Cavernous ceilings broken up by huge roman shades hung at an oblique angle - Now to the food: a perfect lobster bisque, properly thin but creamy with plenty of little lobster pieces in it plus a large crouton (I think it must have a special name) - then a really splendidly poached piece of sea bass with a beurre blanc sauce on a bed of large asparagus. Skipped wine and dessert, the better head to gamble. The next night we went to the "new" casino a block to the east of the old Spa casino in downtown Palm Springs. More sparse crowd (more tables with minimal $10 bets so that thins the crowd, including me). Again the restaurant which is also designed by Paresi of San Diego (hope the sp.is correct) - very warm and pleasing in comfort and design with a marvellous ceiling sculpture. I have managed to lose the card but remember its name Raspincho or close. Asian fusion specializing in a host of Asian tapas. Sensational! little lamb chops with shoe string potatoes, duck quesadillo, scallop pot stickers, scallops on potato pancakes and sticks of shrimp satays. Both places had attentive service (this was about $35 per person). Last stop was the Morongo casino off I10 last night. Different crowd, different restaurants - a cafe which did advertise an "Oriental Food" section and a 'fine dining' was a restaurant with a prime rib special which we skipped and went home to eat. The first casino was the favorite (mine) for food, service and kindly dealers, OK I won and didn't the next night.