Nestled inside of The Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage is the lovely Fireside Lounge. The restaurant is decorated in rich plum and cream tones which gives it a very warm and inviting feel. It is the perfect spot to have lunch or an intimate dinner, inside or out on the patio, where you can enjoy the lush views of the resort.
My husband and I recently had dinner there and I must say it was one of my favorite dining experiences here in the desert. Our fabulous waiter, Tal, insisted we start off with the Bacon & Shrimp Brochetta, which was accompanied by a savory spinach risotto, mango coulis, cilantro salad, and was quite the culinary treat. Tal also suggested we try one of their special summer cocktails – the cucumber martini – which was a refreshing delight.
From there we split an iceberg wedge, which was delicious. Tal told us that the secret is the creamy pepper dressing that accompanies the shaved red onions, grape tomatoes, Applewood smoked bacon and gorgonzola cheese crumbles. While the menu is not extensive it has something for everyone. There are several soup, sandwich, burger and salad choices and four entrees to choose from; Ricotta-Spinach Ravioli, Rotisserie Roasted Chicken, Grilled 12 oz. New York Steak and Plancha Seared Shetland Salmon.
My husband’s steak was perfectly prepared and was accompanied by a Red Onion Sherry Marmalade, Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables. I selected the salmon which was served with Lemon Risotto Crimini Mushrooms and an array of Spring Vegetables in butter sauce. Phrases like; little piece of heaven, melt in your mouth goodness and to die for, all come to mind when describing this meal. I must say it’s the best salmon I’ve had in years and I can’t wait to go back and enjoy it again.
Even though we were quite satisfied, Tal told us about Margo’s Chocolate Mousse Rum Pie made with silky Dutch chocolate, Puerto Rican Rum and whipped cream with an Oreo crust. It was deliciously decadent and was plenty for us both to share.

I highly recommend this restaurant to locals. Fireside Lounge has an upscale décor with a comfortable vibe. The food is amazing and the service is impeccable. On Friday & Saturday nights from 8-11pm Michael Keeth performs. For more info or to make a reservation call 760-328-5955.

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