Our friends took us to a new restaurant that they wanted to try. It turned out that George Ristich the former owner of George's Camelot in Newport Beach had just opened the Velvet Turtle (no relation to the other Velvet Turtle) on Washington St. in Bermuda Dunes. He explained that he lost the other original Georges to "crooked lawyers".
The new place is run by him and his wife and our party of 6 enjoyed our meal. Three of us had the stuffed cabbage which was served on a huge plate with perfectly cooked brocolli and carrots. Another of our party had Hungarian Goulash which she thought was delicious. We ordered one Lugini Pescatore which would have easily have fed two and was done perfectly.
The place is small(around 10 or 12 tables) and it would be great if George succeeded, but a few places have previously failed at that location and the summer is a hard time for restaurants in the desert.
The menu has several pastas, fish dishes, chicken and the aforementioned Eastern European dishes. The owners are from Yugoslavia and hence the Italian and Eastern European flavor. Prices are very moderate from about $9.00 for pasta to a high of around $15 for the Lugini Pescatore. They do not have a liquor license but they said they will allow wine to be brought in and I doubt they will charge corkage. Business was slow Saturday night and the waiter appearted to be just learning, but George's wife did the majority of serving and she is very gracious and willing. The meals come with as much bread as you like and it is a delicious warm garlic infused french bread.
It is located at 40100 Washington St. #125 at the S.E. corner of Washington St. and Country club in a strip mall right behind a Carl's Jr. and next to Carmens Mexican restaurant. The sign outside still reads Tutti Pasta from the last tenant. They also serve breakast on Saturday and Sunday and we will be going back to try the breakfast chicken liver with apples.