Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Puttin' on the Ritz at Temple Orange - Ritz Carlton Palm Beach

Ritz Carlton Palm Beach -CLOSED JULY 1, 2013 to operate as a Preferred Hotel Group property,Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa
Preferred Hotel Group 

 By Jane Feehan

To borrow words from composer Irving Berlin: Now, if you're blue … And you don't know where to go to … Why don't you go where fashion sits … Puttin' on the Ritz …

Those were the lyrics I had mind as soon as I stepped into the Ritz Carlton of Palm Beach for lunch at their Temple Orange.  This elegant hotel with its shimmering lobby overlooking the azure blue Atlantic will put anyone in the mood for puttin’ on the Ritz. 

We took our seats at Temple Orange on the covered terrace, the best place to dine in the Palm Beach area when the weather is spectacular. With a great view of the pool and ocean beyond, a light breeze and low humidity, the atmosphere could not have been better.

Even a few bumps in the food – tasteless, watery hummus served with pita and flat bread – and a dry shrimp salad wrap – didn’t mar the occasion. Others in the party were pleased with their seafood, salad and dessert choices. Lunch entrées average $20 – not bad in this setting. Drinks can rack up the bill at $15 for a Mimosa and more for a good glass of wine, but one shouldn’t expect to count pennies here; it’s the Ritz.   

Chef’s choice at Temple Orange is breakfast, either buffet or order-from-the-menu. Dinner transitions to an Italian theme. Service: outstanding. Reservations for this casual indoor or outdoor restaurant recommended. Copyright © 2010 Jane Feehan. All rights reserved.

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