By Jackie Devereaux
PALM SPRINGS, CA – If you’re looking for a place that has live entertainment and delicious food, look no further than Azul’s Tapas Inspired Lounge and Patio located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. I had the pleasure of dining here last Wednesday night, and had a surprisingly good time listening to the comic singing ruminations of their mid-week piano player, Rudy de la Mor.
While I sipped my Mango Lemon Martini, I read over the Happy Hour menu which offers drinks from 3 to 8 p.m. at affordable prices of $3 to $8 each. Your selection of Happy Hour drinks includes martinis, margaritas, mojitos along with classic beers and wines.
The Happy Hour menu offers food tastings for $3 to $8 such as Chips and Salsa or Hummus and Chips for $3; Five Wings with Homemade Potato Chips and Ranch Dressing, or Fried Calamari, Fried Zucchini Sticks or Fried Green Beans each for $5.. On the $7 menu are treats such as Spinach with Artichoke Dip and Chips, two Sliders or for the more adventurous try their Waffle Fry Nachos topped with Pulled Pork, jalapenos, black olives, sour cream, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Azul’s is famous for their Flatbreads($7) served with your choice of a variety of items. You’ll find Tuna Bruschetta, Lobster Spring Rolls, Shrimp Cocktail and Skewered Shrimp with pineapple, mushroom and tomato for $8.
Check out their Sunday Brunch menu served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with traditional Eggs Benedict ($10.25) and more exotic versions of Crab Benedict ($14.25) and Lobster Benedict ($15.00) as well as Filet Mignon Steak and Eggs Benedict ($18.75) served with sautéed Spinach, Roasted Potatoes and Lemon scented Hollandaise Sauce. Make Your Own Omelet ($10.50) with everything from Chopped Maine Lobster to Shrimp or Crab ($2 additional for each seafood item) and all the traditional fixings for $1 each additional item.
However, let’s get back to the dinner. Shortly after arriving my husband, Tom, and I were met by Azul’s General Manager Tim Barton who recommended their Duet of Scallops from the Tapas menus ($8.75). We took Barton up on his suggestion. The scallops were seared to perfection and served with a vanilla sauce that is to die for. My husband and I love scallops and order them whenever we get a chance, and we’ve tasted a lot of exotic recipes over the years. All were terrific, but Azul’s Vanilla Butter Sauce made this scallop recipe out-of-this-world delicious.
My husband wanted to split their Fried Calamari tapas($11.50) along with the scallops tapas, and we split a delightful House Salad ($9.50) made of baby greens tossed with blue cheese, sour apples, walnuts and Azul’s yummy house dressing.
For our entrees we ordered the Trio of Ahi Tuna ($17.95) and the mid-week Daily Special called Surf and Turf ($19.95) which is a six ounce thinly cut Filet Mignon with Shrimp and Garlic Mashed Potatoes. We split both entrees. The Trio of Ahi consisted of a black and white sashimi dish, tuna noodle salad and an Ahi tartare served with pickled ginger, wasabi and Ponzu sauce. All three were absolutely fabulous.
Whatever night you go to Azul’s you’ll find some form of live entertainment. If you’re entertaining friends or just want a few hearty, belly-laughs, go to Azul’s for their drag queens, burlesque-style stage shows and of course, the musical stylings of Rudy de la Mor. And please go with an open mind because if you sit near the piano bar or close to the stage, you’ll to be joked about or roasted by the entertainers.
Azul’s Tapas Inspired Lounge and Patio is located at 369 N. Palm Canyon Rd. Call 760-325-5533 or go to www.azultapaslounge.com for more information and a schedule of entertainers.