The Indy Endorsement
What: The Veal Ingleside
Where: Melvyn’s Restaurant, at the Ingleside Inn, 200 W. Ramon Road
How much: $28.75
Contact: 760-325-2323; inglesideinn.com/melvyns-restaurant
Why: It’s a “famous signature creation” for a reason.
A friend is visiting town. He (or she) wants to eat at a place that epitomizes old-school Palm Springs—somewhere swanky, classy. A place that knows its way around a fantastic martini.
Chances are you’re taking this friend to Melvyn’s.
Located at the historic Ingleside Inn, once (and occasionally still today) the playground of Hollywood icons, Melvyn’s turned 40 this year. In 1975, Mel Haber bought the iconic property and opened the restaurant; the rest, as they say, is history.
At Melvyn’s, you’ll find a piano lounge, tablecloths, waiters and “captains” dressed to the nines and, yes, tableside preparations. For example, you can watch as the captain makes Steak Diane (filet mignon medallions made with shallots, French mustard and red wine demi-glaze) right in front of you. It was Frank Sinatra’s favorite, they say.
But my favorite dish is an entrée not prepared tableside—although it’s heralded as Melvyn’s “famous signature creation.” It’s called Veal Ingleside.
This veal, topped with avocado and a classic mousseline sauce (think hollandaise sauce, but creamier), is so tender that you will not need a knife; just a fork will do. The mousseline sauce adds a ton of savory richness, which is muted just enough by the avocado. The main course is served with pasta and vegetables, in case you’re wondering; they’re mere extras on a plate. Yes, this entrée is indeed called Melvyn’s “famous signature creation” for a reason.
So dress up a little. Take that out-of-town friend to Melvyn’s. Order a martini (dirty, of course). Encourage that friend to order one of the tableside dishes so you can enjoy the show. And then order the Veal Ingleside for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.