By Daniel Paris
The Purple Room is a desert fixture housed in the Club Trindid Hotel. You enter the restaurant through the hotel lobby. The host guides you to your portal to the Rat Pack era. You can imagine the smoke-filled venue filled with celebrities partying late into the night. Frank’s Bourbon Bar, with over one hundred rare bourbons, calls you to occupy a barstool and order Sinatra’s favorite bourbon on the rocks.
I snap out of it and realize I am here for dinner and a show (on a Monday!). It’s early, but the happy-hour crowd at the bar is loud and lively until the mass exodus at 6:00 p.m.
The menu covers carnivore, seafood, and vegan options from appetizers to dessert. My companion orders pan-fried sole and I order the chicken roulade. We start with a couple glasses of wine from the well-curated offerings and a warm artichoke/spinach appetizer with melted gruyere, parmesan, and cream cheese served with pita wedges. The seared sole had a nice crust to complement its moist interior. It was served with a fennel potato mash, grilled asparagus and orange beurre blanc. The chicken roulade is bacon wrapped chicken breast with a spinach, feta cheese, and tomato stuffing. It is served with a mushroom ragu and mashed potatoes. All the elements were well-executed and enhanced the mains.
Keisha D appeared on stage in-sync with our mains being delivered. She has a Dionne Warwick persona and covers songs well from that era. We enjoyed the performance along with the enthusiastic mix of diners and bar patrons.
Dinner theater is alive and thriving. Give it a try. The Rat Pack, Elvis, Judy Garland, Divas Keisha D and Rose Mallet will entertain you and feed you well.
The Purple Room
1900 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Open every day 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.