Last Saturday, I saw Chicago (the band) at Thunder Valley Casino and had dinner at Koi Palace inside the casino before the show. The two times I have been out to Thunder Valley this summer (once 2 weeks ago for the Train concert) have pretty much been two of the most fun nights I have had this summer (so far....*wink*)!!
The evening began with dinner at Koi Palace. My friend Susan and I were seated right in front of the fireplace at a big round table. That made me happy right away. The ambiance at Koi Palace is very elegant, and I would describe it as romantic, despite the casino setting just outside its doors.
For our appetizer, we had the Koi Lettuce Wrap. It is served with romaine lettuce leaves, and ground chicken with pine nuts. I liked the pine nuts because I no longer eat peanuts and rarely have legumes.
I also loved that the chicken component was pretty much just chicken and pine nuts and the sauce was on the side! I am a big fan of sauce on the side. The sauce was a plum-type sauce and not too heavy on the sugar. Another win for me.
The best thing to note is the food we had was not over-seasoned. Usually when I have Chinese food, it tends to be too salty, but every dish was perfect.
FYI: If you have leftovers, you can choose to leave it there with the restaurant until you are ready to leave the casino or until after a concert. This way, you don't have to go play at the blackjack table or try and get into a concert with a to-go box in your hands. :)
Koi Palace's hours are as follows:
Lunch: Served daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm – 2:00am
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am – 3:00pm
You can make a reservation by going to their page on Open Table here.
We were also given a little sneak peek of the kitchen inside High Steaks (the Steakhouse restaurant inside of Thunder Valley Casino).
And then it was showtime! The weather was perfect and so was the band! I had seen Chicago one other time at Mountain Winery. They are one of my favorite bands of all time. I grew up to their 80s stuff, and the classic 70s stuff.
We sat in the very back in the "bleacher" type section and the pics I took are from my seat, and I took them with my iPhone. The point I am making is that there is really not a bad seat in the entire venue.
Thunder Valley is an awesome place to see a show! There are still a few dates left on their calendar, so if you are a fan or even a semi-fan of any of the remaining line-up (listed below), I highly suggest you come out. It's a great time. Also, they sell concessions (Fatburger!!), and of course have a full bar right (beer, wine, cocktails) at the show if you don't have time to grab dinner beforehand.
The rest of 2011 Thunder Valley's concert season is as follows:
Friday, August 5th: Doobie Brothers (Outdoor Amphitheater)
Saturday, August 6th: Peter Frampton (Outdoor Amphitheater)
Friday, August 12th: Huey Lewis and the News (Outdoor Amphitheater)
Saturday, August 20th: Gabriel Iglesias (Outdoor Amphitheater)
Friday, August 26th: The Fixx, Wang Chung, & Naked Eyes (Pano Hall)
Saturday, August 27th: MMA Gladiator Challenge Unleashed (Outdoor Amphitheater)
Wednesday, September 7th: Human League & Men Without Hats (Pano Hall)
Saturday, September 10th: The Hitmakers with Jesse Zaragoza (Outdoor Amphitheater)
Sunday, September 11th: Daryl Hall & John Oates (Outdoor Amphitheater)
Friday, September 16th: Big and Rich and Gretchen Wilson (Outdoor Amphitheater)
Saturday, September 17th: Ramon Ayala (Outdoor Amphitheater)
Sunday, September 18th: KC and the Sunshine Band (Outdoor Amphitheater)
Thursday, September 22nd: Lynyrd Skynyrd (Outdoor Amphitheater)
Saturday, September 24th: Vietnamese Autumn Breeze Concert (Outdoor Amphitheater)
Friday, September 30th: Amy Hanaiali'i Legend of Hawaiian Music (Outdoor Amphitheater)
For more information or to buy tickets for any of the shows click here.