It’s not all Dole Whips and Mickey Bars at the Happiest Place on Earth. No Sir Ree Bob! The mouse has a fancy side too and last week I joined friends to dine at one of Walt Disney World’s Signature Restaurants and these are the food porn photos from that visit. Feast yer eyes on em!
This is the view of Magic Kingdom from the restaurant by the way…
(skuse the darkness of the photos. I just got a new fangled camera and I am trying to get the lighting right. Apparently these could have used a flash)
First you have to start with drinks while you waiting for them to ready your table. This is mandatory. Do not skip this step.
Oh, and be sure to take photographic evidence when your girl friend picks up your guy friend’s phone while he’s in the men’s room and does bad things with it. This is also mandatory. Don’t be distracted by the fireworks. You can see them tomorrow night.
Now, you are going to be tempted to fill up on bread before your food comes. Don’t fall for the salted butter. It’s like crack you spread on top and it will only leave you wanting more and then you’ll be so full you won’t be able to fit in another round of drinks…or your dinner for that matter.
So the California Grill Menu is divvied up into four sections: Brick Oven-fired Flatbreads, Sushi, First Courses and Main Courses. A few of us made a meal out of sushi and others had a combination of courses. Here they are in no particular order. Also, the restaurant’s menu changes all the time so some of these items may not be available if and when you dine there so be prepared.
Triple Cheese Flatbread
$12 Triple Cheese…pecorino, asiago and provolone, sun-dried tomato with arugula pesto Super Good! Not a complete meal.
Spicy Kazan Roll
$22 Spicy Kazan Roll…crab, shrimp, bay scallops, tuna and fireball sauce. Big enough to be a meal. My buddy gets this all the time. Two thumbs up!
Tuna Three Ways
$23 Tuna Three Ways…poke, tartar and tataki. This makes for a solid appetizer.
$28 Dragon Roll…spicy and tataki tuna, shrimp tempura, bell pepper, avocado and chili-soy glaze. Giant roll. Big enough to be a meal and amazingly delicious!
Crab and Seafood Roll
$22 Crab and Seafood Roll…hamachi, salmon, seasoned blue crab and jalapeno cream sauce. Delicious! This was my meal and it was just enough food. The tempura battered peppers at the top of the dish were cold though. Yuk. A fried edible garnish shouldn’t be served cold…eva.
$22 California Roll…jumbo lump crab, avocado and cucumber. As basic as it gets. My meat and potatoes guy ordered this one. Might border on not enough for a meal. Pretty standard fare.
Hand-Made Potato Gnocchi
$16 Hand-Made Potato Gnocchi…wild mushrooms, edamame, smoked pork and an organic soft poached egg. This dish shouldda been called creamy bacon’n’dupmplins. Oh my, I don’t know what the pasta tasted like cause I was too busy picking out the bacon from my girlfriend’s dish! Amazing!
$39 Hawaiian Monchong…stir-fry vegetables, haricot verts, house made shrimp dumpling and shisho broth. I have no clue who ordered this or how it was so you just get the picture people.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
$37 Grilled Pork Tenderloin…goat cheese polenta, roasted mushrooms, zinfandel glaze and sage. BooYa! I didn’t get any of this either but as I recall there was none left on the plate. This may have been sopped up with the bread and salt butter crack.
When provided with the dessert menu we forced our server to dream up an occasion so that my pal Barry could have the house chocolate cake that is brought out for special occasions. We were having special occasion identity crisis so we a got a little Happy Everything on the cake.
Happy Everything Cake…complementary????
Resort Mom…signing off