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Morongo Casino opens newest restaurant

20 July 2007

CABAZON, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa (MCRS) has opened the doors to its newest restaurant venue, Desert Orchid, which adds contemporary Asian cuisine to the variety of dining choices already available at the four-diamond resort. An invitation-only showcase event for media and community leaders will be held on Saturday, July 21.

The sleek and fashionable restaurant offers a unique dining experience that boasts culinary inspirations from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Thailand.

The Asian culinary inspirations are served in a sophisticated, sleek 7,000-square-foot interior that integrates polished mahogany chairs and tables; wall colors in opulent reds, oranges and ambers; royal blue accent and cove lighting; wall coverings, banquettes and fabric hangings embroidered by Asian calligraphy and patterns. The effect? Contemporary yet warm and welcoming.

"Desert Orchid brings a new feel to MCRS," said Sean Sullivan, general manager of the casino, resort and spa. "The Asian menu and design are elegant and interesting, and the venue is a wonderful complement to Morongo's other restaurant choices."

Matthew Pike is the executive chef for Desert Orchid, as well as Cielo, the penthouse restaurant at MCRS. Pike is known for his creativity in the kitchen and his use of fresh flavors, seasonal produce, and playful presentations.

"The restaurant is designed to provide something for everyone by offering a variety of dishes, prices and dining settings to choose from," explained Pike.

With a seating capacity for more than 200 guests and a staff of 70 employees, Desert Orchid accomodates several dining options. For ease, comfort and speed of service there is a noodle lounge where guests can grab a quick bite, sip cold sake and head back out to the casino and resort. In the center of the main dining room, the sushi bar provides a view of the surrounding action. Or a more traditional dining experience can be had in the main dining room or the private dining area that can accommodate up to 50 guests.

"We want to provide a warm and engaging atmosphere for our guests," said Sullivan. "The food at Desert Orchid is unique and customizable, while still offering fresh flavors and traditional Asian dishes. The restaurant's stylish, modern design contributes to the overall feel of Desert Orchid, completing the triangle of excellent cuisine, attractive decor, and quality customer service."

Desert Orchid offers a full bar and wine list, including wines from California, France and Australia. Desert Orchid also features a signature sake program that includes traditional cold and hot sakes, as well as innovative sake cocktails.

The lunch and dinner menus include items such as fresh sushi, noodle bowls, soups, steaks from local or Japanese beef, Peking duck, fresh fish from the Pacific, and salads. A closing touch to the Desert Orchid dining experience involves the presentation of a giant fortune cookie to guests at the conclusion of their meals.

Desert Orchid opens for dinner everyday, and for lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Dinner is served 5:30pm to 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday, and from 5:30pm to 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday. Lunch is served Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 5:30pm. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling the restaurant at 951-755-5522.

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