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Peter Pirate 2
07-27-2007, 09:16 AM
My daughter and I ate at BlueZoo on Wednesday evening. Mmmmmmmm.

Ordered drinks. She had a Sprite, I had a rumrunner. The rumrunner tasted like Vicks 44. Yuck. I told the waiter and ordered a beer. Now we're OK.

Started with the Hearts of Romaine salad (split without asking). This dish seems so simple, yet it so uncommonly good!:thumbsup2

For my entree I had the Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass (served over some VERY tasty brown rice). The fish was delectable. It was so flakey the challenge was keeping it on the fork. The glaze has a slight orange/citrus flavor.:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 The only downside was the lump of spinich. Now admittedly I'm no vegetable eater but this was not appealing to the eye, IMO. But still I did try it and it was actually pretty good (it still looked bad and I didn't like the texture, but it was tasty).

My daughter had the Simply Fish (one of their fish of the day entree's). She ordered Covina (I could be off with this name) with warm crabmeat, dijon mustard and chives. This was a very, very tasty fish, not as tender as mine but more texture. Sadly the piece of fish was bad (containing some gristle or tendrils in the heart of the filet. They immediately took it back and gave her the same recipe with the Red Snapper. This too was awesome. So flakey and tasty.:thumbsup2

As a side we ordered the Lobster broccoli stuffed chedder cheese potato and this too was AWESOME. My daughter doesn't usually like lobster or baked potatoes and yet she ate at least half of ours!:thumbsup2

For desert my daughter chose the Warm Molten Chocolate Cake. We had them replace the peanut ice cream scoop with chocolate...No problem! I'm not a desert eater but I can tell you the plate was licked clean!:thumbsup2

LESSON: How a fine dining restaurant reacts to mistakes: My rumrunner was, of course, deleted from our bill. My daughter's first entree was, of course, deleted from the bill. My daughter's second entree was comped with their sincerest apologies (from both the waiter and Maria, the Manager). I tipped 20% on what the full bill would have been plus an additional 5% for excellent service.

BlueZoo is awesome!
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Robert P
07-27-2007, 10:25 AM
Thank you for the excellent review.

lissawynn
07-27-2007, 11:20 AM
Great review! I can't wait to try it next summer!

TigerKat
07-27-2007, 11:58 AM
:yay: I'm so excited to read a good review on BZ!! I was starting to get a little worried about that ADR as lots of folks have been saying the place has been empty lately.

Peter Pirate 2
07-27-2007, 12:11 PM
According to the Manager Shula's has been fairly empty too...These places are more dependent upon the winter convention crowd than the theme park crowd, it seems.
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Robert P
07-27-2007, 02:27 PM
I can see where that would be the case. We stayed at the Dolphin 2 weeks ago, and Blue Zoo was almost totally empty the entire time. Didn't pay much attention to Shula's, as it's tucked a bit out of the way.
The dominant convention at the Dolphin that week was a mostly high school aged convention for the 'Key Club' (not sure what that is), and I would bet not many of those attendees were going out for an upscale or expensive meal at either of those places.
While the pool area was really full at times, I never saw much of a crowd at the high end eateries, like Blue Zoo. So what the manager said makes sense.

Dis Ohana
07-27-2007, 03:36 PM
We chose this restaurant as our last night meal. I'm so glad to read a positive review on it! I do have a couple of questions...

How old is your daughter? I have two children, one 12 and the other 14. All other reviews I've read seem to say that it's more of an adult-couples place. Would my kids be comfortable here?

According to the Manager Shula's has been fairly empty too...These places are more dependent upon the winter convention crowd than the theme park crowd, it seems.
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We're staying in that area mid December. I wasn't aware that this was a heavy convention time. Does this contribute to crowd factor in all the restaurants in the area, or is it confined to D/S resorts?

Peter Pirate 2
07-27-2007, 03:59 PM
My daughter just turned 14 and it's her favorite restaurant now. It is upscale but they certainly don't do anything to make kids feel unwelcome and it's a cool atmosphere.
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Dis Ohana
07-27-2007, 09:45 PM
Great. I feel a lot better about booking our last special meal there. I love the menu and the pics look great. I don't understand all the negative reviews I found.

Peter Pirate 2
07-28-2007, 09:25 AM
Sometimes it's just the way it goes I guess (the reviews). We've eaten there 4 times in the past year and we're 4 for 4. Bon apetit!
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TigerKat
07-28-2007, 10:33 AM
Sometimes it's just the way it goes I guess (the reviews). We've eaten there 4 times in the past year and we're 4 for 4. Bon apetit!
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Have you ever had the cantonese lobster there? That sounds so good.:love:

Peter Pirate 2
07-28-2007, 10:44 AM
RE: The Cantonese Lobster. That was my first runner up this trip but I decided to wait for a visit when I REALLY felt like lobster. Our server said the Miso Sea Bass and Cantonese Lobster were, IHO, the two best items - but hoenstly the Simply Fish is soooo good too I think it depends on what you're feeling like at the moment.
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Ron from Michigan
07-28-2007, 01:39 PM
Thanks for the great review. We will be dining at Blue Zoo for the first time on our next visit.

TigerKat
07-28-2007, 01:50 PM
RE: The Cantonese Lobster. That was my first runner up this trip but I decided to wait for a visit when I REALLY felt like lobster. Our server said the Miso Sea Bass and Cantonese Lobster were, IHO, the two best items - but hoenstly the Simply Fish is soooo good too I think it depends on what you're feeling like at the moment.
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Thanks!!!

Quinn222
07-28-2007, 02:50 PM
Have you ever had the cantonese lobster there? That sounds so good.:love:

I had it and it was fantastic!

http://www.kinnetik.org/images/disney/lobster.jpg

Pirate Me
07-28-2007, 04:07 PM
Thanks for the review! We're staying at the Dolphin this year and I'm considering checking that one out. :)

Minniespal
07-28-2007, 06:58 PM
Excellent review ~ Thanx for posting.

Schucraig
07-28-2007, 09:31 PM
Great review!:thumbsup2

wildernesslodgelover
08-02-2007, 01:47 PM
Thanks for the review, PP. I am happy to hear something positive from a veteran "Blue Zooer." We may have to give it another try, if I can talk DH into it.

Peter Pirate 2
08-04-2007, 09:37 PM
WLL, I think you should give it another try. It has been great for us, although I always make sure to dress appropriately.;)

I want to reiterate how impressive they were in rectifying their mistakes. After reading how Yachtsman's handled the 'bug in the salad' incident I was worried for WDW Resort dining in general, but is seems Bluezoo still understands what service is all about
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queenmum2
08-23-2007, 09:40 PM
RE: The Cantonese Lobster. That was my first runner up this trip but I decided to wait for a visit when I REALLY felt like lobster. Our server said the Miso Sea Bass and Cantonese Lobster were, IHO, the two best items - but hoenstly the Simply Fish is soooo good too I think it depends on what you're feeling like at the moment.
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Another thumbs WAAAAY up for the Miso Sea Bas. I had this entree back in May and about licked my plate clean. I even enjoyed the spinach (but I eat spinache anyway :rolleyes1 ).

Dang - - now I'm CRAVING that dish!

Tracie

Leota
08-24-2007, 06:38 AM
We've always had great meals at the Zoo. I'll never forget the time they were out of Lavosh. I said something to the server about missing it. Near the end of our meal, some came fresh from the oven & he brought us a whole basket of it & packed us up some for our trip home. All because I said I really like the Lavosh. :thumbsup2 We are always pampered like that when we go.

TigerKat - my DH has gotten the Lobster Cantonese 3 or 4 times so far. He just goes crazy for it, talks about it for monthes. I'm a New England Lobster gal, so it's not my thing. But every time he gets it, I have a couple bites. It's always perfectly cooked. Very, very rich. IMHO, it's more than enough for 2 people to split.

TigerKat
08-24-2007, 02:25 PM
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TigerKat - my DH has gotten the Lobster Cantonese 3 or 4 times so far. He just goes crazy for it, talks about it for monthes. I'm a New England Lobster gal, so it's not my thing. But every time he gets it, I have a couple bites. It's always perfectly cooked. Very, very rich. IMHO, it's more than enough for 2 people to split.

Thanks Leota, it sounds amazing!:love:

Uncleromulus
08-24-2007, 02:40 PM
Enjoyed the review!! Blue Zoo is one of our favotite spots. IF the right group of conventioneers is at the Swan/Dolphin, it can be packed. Other times, hardly a soul. Two trips ago there was a computer software convention at the hotels--the Zoo was completely full, the private room in the back was jammed with people and it was loud as well. Last trip there were but a few couples in the place.
Hate to say so Pirate but I actually like that spinach that comes with the Sea Bass--

cdtommie
08-24-2007, 03:59 PM
That sea bass is excellent...I've had it a few times. They also have some very good specialty martini drinks. The only thing that keeps us from going more often is no DDE accepted.

TigerKat
08-24-2007, 05:07 PM
Anyone tried the shellfish selection platter? If so, would it be a good selection for an entree or for two to split as an appetizer?

TigerKat
08-24-2007, 05:10 PM
I had it and it was fantastic!

http://www.kinnetik.org/images/disney/lobster.jpg

OMG, how did I miss this post??? That looks amazing!!!!!:love:

Peter Pirate 2
08-25-2007, 10:35 AM
Hate to say so Pirate but I actually like that spinach that comes with the Sea Bass--

That's OK Uncle, I'm admitttedly no spinach eater and as I said both my daughter and I thought it tasted quite good but the presentation and (for me) texture was just 'too much' ... But in no way should my lack of approval for this item be construed a negative, there was nothing "wrong"' with it, it's just my personal taste.
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Uncleromulus
08-25-2007, 10:38 AM
Understood.
Actually it's the sesame dressing they use that gives their spinach the flavor I like.

Quinn222
08-25-2007, 10:42 AM
OMG, how did I miss this post??? That looks amazing!!!!!:love:

It was outstanding. I tend to be a lobster purist so I wasn't sure how much I'd like this. Of course it's lobster so I knew I'd like it but I was amazed at how great it was done this way.

Peter Pirate 2
08-25-2007, 10:53 AM
It was outstanding. I tend to be a lobster purist so I wasn't sure how much I'd like this. Of course it's lobster so I knew I'd like it but I was amazed at how great it was done this way.

I'm happy to hear this. I've been wanting to try this but I've been nervous. It looks great...Mmmmmm, maybe tonight.

TigerKat
08-25-2007, 10:57 AM
I'm happy to hear this. I've been wanting to try this but I've been nervous. It looks great...Mmmmmm, maybe tonight.

Have you seen the shellfish platter??

Peter Pirate 2
08-25-2007, 11:02 AM
Have you seen the shellfish platter??

No, no I haven't...Would like to though.
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TigerKat
08-25-2007, 11:11 AM
There is a pic of it somewhere on the boards and it looks very good!:cloud9:

anbouk
08-25-2007, 11:38 AM
Whenever we are at the vacinity of BlueZoo, we always peek in and hardly a soul....this gave us a feeling of either, too expensive, or not so good. Think we will give it a shot this time around. Also, it seems such an intimate place for two to eat, and were were hesitant if our family with three kids would be ok there :confused3