Royal Palms Resort and Spa recently re-opened their highly acclaimed T. Cook’s restaurant. After a three-month renovation, the restaurant now has a new look and a new chef. Highlighting Executive Chef Paul McCabe’s creative interpretation of New American cooking and reflecting the Mediterranean-inspired design and architecture of the resort; the restaurant is introducing a new culinary experience for guests.
The refreshed T. Cook’s design, led by Haley Balzano, founder and architect of Phoenix-based creative design team Bar Napkin Productions, emphasizes a more vibrant color scheme, authentic design elements, an interactive kitchen, a remodeled private dining room and a glass- enclosed wine and tequila tasting room. New boldly-colored chairs surround rustic wooden tables adding depth and diversity to the new dining room, while iron chandeliers create a sense of intimacy and stimulate an experience of romance. Al fresco dining can also be discovered at T. Cook’s with intimate patios and nooks, including a new private dining element found within the property’s historic Orange Grove.
The new menu, created by Executive Chef Paul McCabe, honors classical techniques while utilizing locally-grown and sustainably raised foods. Chef McCabe has established relationships with a wide range of local purveyors, farmers and artisans, including McClendon’s Select, Singh Farms, Noble Bread and Hayden Flour Mills.
“The menu is designed to be more social and approachable, while incorporating cooking techniques that reflect the evolving culinary scene in Phoenix and beyond,” McCabe told us. “Our dishes are inspired by seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients, with some of the freshest growing right in our backyard.”
Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, highlights of the dinner menu include sea bass crudo, Spanish octopus, sweet corn agnolotti, Colorado lamb and dry aged beef ribeye.
Adjacent to the restaurant is the new Mix Up Bar, offering live entertainment, inventive small plates and unique cocktails. The interior design is appointed with dark woods and gold and yellow accents. A new semi-private nook named “The Study” provides a more intimate seating area while the outdoor Mansion Courtyard offers additional al fresco seating.
Located at the foot of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Royal Palms Resort and Spa combines the sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat. The resort houses 119 custom-appointed guest rooms, intimate clusters of casitas and villas; regal Spanish Colonial architecture; over 20,000 square feet of estate-like meeting space; Tuscan-style gardens; exquisite artifacts, meandering walkways, and stone fireplaces throughout. Designed around the original historic private mansion, in addition to T. Cook’s, The Royal Palms is home to the Forbes Four Star Alvadora Spa, a Mother-of-Pearl-tiled swimming pool with private cabanas, and croquet lawn.