The Royal Palms has a rich history that has been developing on property since 1929. The rustic elegance and romance of the grounds transcend in to all aspects of the dining experience and surrounding atmosphere. Nestled in to the base of Camelback Mountain, this is the perfect location for an intimate and relaxing experience.
T Cooks offers a fine dining experience like no other with a selection of mountain views, garden-patio dining, or sitting among a vibrancy of rustic charm and colorful artwork brought to you with a Southwestern nod to the Arizona landscape. There is no question as to the acclaim this restaurant has received once one has the privilege of experiencing it for themselves.
The first thing we see as we descend upon the host stand at T Cooks, is a beautifully well-lit, glass encased wine and tequila tasting room with a fresh bouquet of flowers in the center. T Cooks menu is full of fresh ingredients and seasonal choices for the utmost quality; which they will proudly explain is a very important aspect of their menu and core-cuisine-values. From classic to innovative and new, there is a selection on this menu for everyone. I suggest consulting your server for a wine pairing to whatever dish you choose and relaxing in this elegant atmosphere; as you embark on a culinary experience to be bragged about to your friends and family.
We chose to dine outside to enjoy the beautiful weather and garden ambiance Arizona was offering that evening. We started with the Pickled Golden Beets and Crows Dairy Goat Cheese salad. More like a work of art than a typical salad, we couldn’t believe how beautifully the flavors blended together with the cranberry pistachio pesto, watercress, and barrel aged sherry bourbon. Although meant to be a treat before our main dish, I could have had much more of this and left completely satisfied. Another dish I will probably try to duplicate at home – although surely not as lovely in my kitchen as the beautiful Southwestern setting of the evening.
For main courses, we chose the Grilled Flat Iron Steak with trumpet mushrooms, horseradish and rosemary germinate, crispy potatoes, and smoked tomato jus. This was not just your average steak dish. There was a much deeper, smokier finish to this dish once you enjoyed your first bites. The horseradish provided the extra “zing” and the steak was, of course, cooked to perfection; tender with a crisp outer layer. The Whole Roasted Branzino was another “must” we heard we needed to try. And the hype was all spot-on! This beautifully cooked whole fish was served with blistered shishito peppers, cherry tomatoes, parsley, and ladolemono. De-boned before it was brought to us, we were left with the simple task that only a fork would be needed for. This tender fish fell apart to the touch of our fork and melted in our mouths.
Our only regret is that we didn’t have larger stomachs so that we could have ordered more! We will be back to continue on the tour of this elegant menu. And possibly a tasting or two… or three… We shall see!
Cheers and Bon Appétit, Food Lovers!