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PrincessTrisha
02-27-2010, 09:00 AM
So I'm a little late.

For some reason - I just couldn't do it right after I returned. I just couldn't. Maybe it was because of Christmas, maybe because my luggage was delayed a week, maybe it was too much celebrating at New Years, maybe it was that work just sapped every ounce of energy and I would come home tired and depressed - maybe I have just been lazy.

Anyways -

I took a solo trip in December staying at the AKL. I had planned the trip for the 12th to the 18th. The announcement came about Disapolooza and the TSM Party so I signed up for the party on Saturday night.

I don't fly so I took the train. My Dad drove me from Toronto to Buffalo to get the train there (much easier, cheaper and faster).

Below are the pictures of my food from the train trip. I had a roomette from New York to Kissimmee so my meals were included.

Dinner on Friday night was crab cakes with rice and 2 kinds of veggies. Very good and a huge serving. I hadn't been feeling too well since I hadn't gotten any sleep at all the night before so I opted to eat in my roomette instead of the dining car.

The crab cakes were quite good - very little filler and lots of identifable pieces of crab. I don't tend to order crab too much when I take my parents on vacation because my mom is allergic so I avoid it to ensure no cross contamination. Since she wasn't with me - I could order anything.

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For dessert it was oreo cheese cake. Sorry for the picture - I was still getting used to taking food pics again so I was half way through before I remembered. It was very good - rich and creamy.

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Got up the next morning feeling a lot better (slept well) so I went to the dining room for breakfast. If you ever take a train with a dining car, I highly recommend breakfast. On the trip down I got the omelet but on the way home I got the french toast (no pic) which is the best I've ever eaten. The omelet was served with breakfast potatoes and sausage patties (I got turkey sausage patties instead of pork) and a croissant.

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Breakfast is also served with juice and coffee - I had apple juice and you can kind of see a little of it in the pictures.

Before I got off the train, I had a quick lunch - a burger and skipped dessert.

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Next post will include Disney food - I promise.

PrincessTrisha
02-27-2010, 09:27 AM
One of the reasons I went with the DxDP is because I love room service. I can think of nothing more decadent that sitting in your hotel room and having food brought to you. It just screams "priviledge" to me. :goodvibes

Also, being solo for the first time, I wasn't certain if half way through the trip I'd chicken out of eating at restaurants by myself. I'm not big on counter service (I find the food fine, it's just the lining up, finding a table, ketchup in little paper cups, eating with plastic forks, that bothers me).

Tonight since I was going to the TSM Party at DHS, I decided that instead of going out to dinner, I would order room service so I could eat before the party but also come back to the room and enjoy leftovers (in case I ended up with late night munchies which did NOT happen since they had so much snack food at the party).

For my appetizer, I ordered the cheese plate. I enjoyed this for breakfast on Sunday morning. All 4 cheeses were excellent. The soft one went especially well with the bread and strawberries (like a cheese and berry sandwich). This was very filling for breakfast. The cheddar was also a stand out. Very firm and sharp (not like your mass market stuff). The cheese with the hard rind was good as well though not as remarkable as the others.

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Close up of the cheeses

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The cheese plate also came with a cracker/bread selection. I didn't really eat much of this.

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My entree came with these buns which were super soft and tasty. One of these I saved and had with the cheese and fruit in the morning. They arrived warm (on a warm plate) which caused the butter to be a little melted but at least it was real butter. It was nice that it wasn't white bread. I am a big fan of "different" breads - I love whole grains, rye, pumpernickel, etc.

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I order the Kansas coffee rubbed steak for my entree. I figure, if I couldn't finish it all, steak is the one meat I don't mind cold (chicken is the other but wasn't really in a chicken mood) plus I love rare steak and Disney does them right. I was not however overly impressed with this. The steak was literally coated in coffee grounds. It made it gritty and bitter. I scraped most of it off and ate enough of the steak to be full. The beans were excellent - fresh and crisp. The potatoes were just potatoes - nothing good, nothing bad, just okay. After eating this, I wasn't too impressed with the AKL room service but I figured I just ordered something not to my taste and it didn't stop me from ordering again (especially after I tried dessert!).

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I asked if I could have water for my drink (since most of the bottles of water are listed for two) and was told no problem - they sent up a bottle of Dasani though (yech). At the beach club in the summer, they gave me bottles of Evian.

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Dessert was a "Taste of Boma". This was the stand out of the whole meal. Three regular sized desserts on a giant plate.

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First was a fruit tart which was nice - the fruit was fresh and the custard was creamy and smooth.

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Next up was a coconut tart. Oh, it was so, so tasty.

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And last - but certainly not least - a large zebra dome. That's right - not the little mini domes you get a Boma's or Mara - but one the size of a small fist Zebra Dome. I like the little ones (got two packs through the week from Mara) but I LOVED :lovestruc:lovestruc:lovestruc the big one.

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stitchlover
02-27-2010, 10:08 AM
We are staying at AKL in a few weeks. That cheese platter looks wonderful! Might have to order that for a munchy one evening!

PrincessTrisha
02-28-2010, 11:09 AM
We are staying at AKL in a few weeks. That cheese platter looks wonderful! Might have to order that for a munchy one evening!

It was quite lovely and would go wonderfully with a bottle of wine. If you want to follow up with something sweet the dessert plate is $10 and well worth it as well.

PrincessTrisha
02-28-2010, 11:16 AM
Before my first DIS meet (at Boma), I went to Victoria Falls and enjoyed a drink.

My first Pina Colava. I am a big fan of Pina Colada's so I really enjoyed this. The berry flavouring cut the icy sweetness of the coconut perfectly. It was a little expensive but a very nice treat.

The bar itself was empty at 4:30pm in the afternoon. I was the only one there.

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PrincessTrisha
02-28-2010, 11:22 AM
We were having so much fun at the DIS meet dinner that I did not pull out my camera to take pictures of my food. I can say that the buffet is delicious and has many, many options. I especially enjoyed the cold salad (not the lettuce stuff but their more unique offerings).

I ordered a cake as a surprise for one of the ladies whose birthday was the day before.

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The cake was okay - a little dry as far as I'm concerned. They also didn't let me order a filling - it was just icing. Still - it was a nice surprise and I'm glad I did it but Boma would not be my first choice to order a cake from again (the CR cake was exceptional on my October trip).

PrincessTrisha
02-28-2010, 11:37 AM
On Monday I went to the DHS. I had lunch at the Sci Fi Diner. I enjoyed this with my friend back in June so I was looking forward to it again. It was another great meal.

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I had a really great server here. His name was Tony and he was a gem. What I found really cute is as he was walking away, he'd say the next line that was about to be said on the screen (even when it was something dumb sounding like "Oh John! That Giant Spider is going to get us. Hold me" or something like that). He really added to the atomsphere of the restuarant in addition to being a great server - on the ball with refills and paced my meal perfectly.

For my starter I had the BLT Soup. It is a rich tomato soup (not canned by the way - Tony told me that it is made from scratch by the chef and based on the taste, I believe it). If not on the DxDP, I'd order this and a milkshake for lunch.

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For my entree, I had a burger with bacon, cheese, mushrooms and onions. It's a real "junk" burger as we used to say as kids. But oh - it is so good. I ate a few of my fries but was getting kind of full.

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For dessert I had the cheesecake. I was kind of full but Tony told me not to rush. If I needed a little time to finish, I could take all the time I needed. It was rich and creamy. I scrapped most of the stuff off of it at first but ended up eating the cheesecake (not the crust) and the caramel corn but not the m&m's.

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Tony was so sweet and brought me (and the couple behind me) free Sci Fi Cups filled with caramel corn as a souvenir of the meal.

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Overall a really great meal. Sometimes the basics can be just as good as the fancier stuff.

Pooh&OurHunny
02-28-2010, 07:50 PM
Joining in and have enjoyed your past food reviews. LOVED THEM and excited to read this one. I too was disappointed with AKL room service but then after 3x, the food tend to be the same. We did have JIKO as room service one night b/c my son was too tried to have dinner so we asked JIKO with they would do room service and it was amazing. You stayed at BC before and I remember you enjoying the room service. I'm going back and forth if we should stay at BC or YC.

disneyfav4ever
03-01-2010, 10:35 AM
Sci-Fi looks wonderful, especially that burger!

lovemickeyshouse
03-01-2010, 10:37 AM
Can't wait for updates

TigerKat
03-01-2010, 02:58 PM
Signing on! Aren't DIS meets the most fun thing in the world? Will you be posting pics of the meet?:goodvibes

PrincessTrisha
03-01-2010, 04:32 PM
Joining in and have enjoyed your past food reviews. LOVED THEM and excited to read this one. I too was disappointed with AKL room service but then after 3x, the food tend to be the same. We did have JIKO as room service one night b/c my son was too tried to have dinner so we asked JIKO with they would do room service and it was amazing. You stayed at BC before and I remember you enjoying the room service. I'm going back and forth if we should stay at BC or YC.

I definately enjoyed BC room service more than AKL but that didn't stop me from ordering it two more times (I have to say though - their breakfast was quite good) I also ate at Jiko which I found outstanding (as you'll eventually see. I wish I had ordered from their menu for my 2nd room service.

Sci-Fi looks wonderful, especially that burger!

I consider it the best "disney" burger (I don't include the chains like PH or T-Rex or Rainforest Cafe). It is juicy and salty and the toppings really make the burger something special.

Can't wait for updates

Coming up shortly. Thanks for reading.

Signing on! Aren't DIS meets the most fun thing in the world? Will you be posting pics of the meet?:goodvibes

DIS Meets are the best. I got tickets to DAP for someone else on the boards from Scotland since they were coming early and the tickets probably would not have arrived on time. She and her mom were super nice and meeting them made for an awesome start to my trip. The DIS Boma Meet was a lot of fun. It was nice to put names to faces and have some company for dinner.

PrincessTrisha
03-01-2010, 05:03 PM
I enjoyed the Spectacle of Lights at DHS in the evening of this day. After I had my fill of visual treats, I went to get my fill of edible treats. I had an ADR for Flying Fish over at the Boardwalk. It was easy to get to as I just took the boat over. I was at the boat dock just as Fantasmic was getting out so I was ahead of the crowd.

I did have a little bit of a wait so I sat inside (was a little chilly outside) and waited by myself (there were large groups of business men who all wanted to be seat together and they were all congregating outside of the restaurant).

Here's some pictures of the front of the restaurant:

The ceiling -
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The floor -
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The check in Podium -

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In the restaurant -
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So I was led to a table for two over by a servers station but up against a window (it was dark outside mostly but fairly well lit). Not the best table, but since I was by myself I didn't really care.

For starters, they brought bread. I enjoyed just a nibble. I learned last time on the DXDP that bread can be the enemy. Must save tummy room for the *really* good stuff. Which is a problem when even the bread is good. And it's served with real butter - a nice large pat of it. And you haven't eaten in 8 hours (lunch was at 11:30 to 12:30 and it was now almost 9).

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I order the Pumpkin Martini to start with. I had read great things about this on the boards - and it's only available during the fall so I decided to order it. It was good but I didn't find it outstanding. I think it just wasn't what I was in the mood for. I was thirsty and should have ordered a soda to go with dinner but decided with the alcohol to just stick with water and get coffee with dessert.

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For my appetizer I ordered a special of the day Herb and Fennel Pollen-roasted Maine Lobster Salad - Shaved fennel, cucumber, frisee, tatsoi, Yuzu essence with fennel and dill emulsion . The lobster was very tender and chilled. I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture but it was 2 large pieces of claw. The salad underneath was pleasant but relatively unremarkable. It did go well with the lobster and didn't over power the mild tasting lobster though it did have a slightly strong fennel taste.

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For my entree I ordered the Maine Diver Scallops with pumpkin, sage, mascarpone and pecorino-laced risotto. This was outstanding. The scallops were perfectly seared and cooked to well done (my request - I'm not a fan of lightly cooked scallops - I prefer mine well cooked to firm). I am also a big fan of a well done risotto and this was perfect. I was unable to finish it (anticipating dessert) so I had them pack up 1/2 the risotto and 2 scallops which I enjoyed the next day (if you've never tried it - rice and/or pasta can be heated up with a hairdryer - just takes a little patience ;)). I highly recommend this dish.

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Before my entree arrived I also ordered another drink - one of my all time favourites - a Magical Star Cocktail. Mmmmm, now that's what I was in the mood for. Citrus-sy, smooth and tart.

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For dessert I got the study in chocolate - caramel and chocolate delice; Rich chocolate and raspberry torta; petite white chocolate creme brulee

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In order of my favourites:

Least favourite was the chocolate and raspberry torta: It was too dense and the raspberry was overwhelming. I didn't even finish this one.

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Runner up was the chocolate and caramel thing. It was mousse like - very light and tasty. It was a nice chocolate dessert. Creamy and sweet.

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My favourite was the creme brulee. It was exceptional and I wished after tasting this that I had just ordered a full sized serving of this. Perfectly done and wonderful tasting.

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Overall the meal was just wonderful. After dinner I went to the entrance of the Boardwalk Inn and had them hail me a cab. It was only $11 back to the AKL. I was in such a good mood that I gave the guy a $20 and told him to have a fabulous night!

disneyfav4ever
03-01-2010, 05:08 PM
Your meal at Flying Fish looks wonderful! :goodvibes

Pooh&OurHunny
03-01-2010, 05:09 PM
Great update. I'm like you with Scallops...I liked it cooked firm too.
I'm deciding to go for YC now instead of BC.

vinotinto
03-01-2010, 07:31 PM
Drooling over the room-service cheese plate and your scallop entree at FLying Fish! Even the bread looks good. I hope you post about snacks too!

2manypets
03-02-2010, 06:44 AM
Can't wait to try Flying Fish for the first time in Sept. Those scallops look like heaven. :cloud9:

ClareH37
03-02-2010, 12:46 PM
Flying Fish looks amazing, I'm another one who is eating there for the first time - during my first solo trip in May :goodvibes

MickeyNicki
03-02-2010, 12:48 PM
Your meal at FF is exactly what I would have ordered, all of it! YUM!

PrincessTrisha
03-03-2010, 04:43 PM
Your meal at Flying Fish looks wonderful! :goodvibes

It was a wonderful meal - well paced and the food was great.

Great update. I'm like you with Scallops...I liked it cooked firm too.
I'm deciding to go for YC now instead of BC.

I'd vote for YC instead of BC too. I like the ammenities of the BC but I don't really like the rooms (too inconsistent).

Drooling over the room-service cheese plate and your scallop entree at FLying Fish! Even the bread looks good. I hope you post about snacks too!

I did eat a few snacks but used most for those big Minnie's bake shop cookies to bring home.

Can't wait to try Flying Fish for the first time in Sept. Those scallops look like heaven. :cloud9:

They are incredible.

Flying Fish looks amazing, I'm another one who is eating there for the first time - during my first solo trip in May :goodvibes

I'm sure you'll like it. The only part I wasn't thrilled about was my table. But then really, it didn't impact too much and at least I had good service because my server had to come back to his station to pick up glasses, water jug, etc for other tables.

Your meal at FF is exactly what I would have ordered, all of it! YUM!

I think it was you who wrote about the pumpkin martini at FF? I'm glad you did - it was nice to try it.

PrincessTrisha
03-03-2010, 04:53 PM
So on Tuesday I ate my leftover scallops and risotto for breakfast in my room (in bed, watching the Disney family channel and enjoying every minute of being lazy).

I decided I needed to head out around noon to take some pictures of the hotel and allow the maid in to tidy up. :rotfl:

So I walked around the resort (debated on going swimming but wasn't really in the mood for it) and ended up at Mara.

I had a craving for something "healthy" (I never feel like I eat enough fruit and veg at Disney) so I decided to use some of my snack credits for a light lunch. I also had my journal with me so I sat at a table near the drink station with my snacks, refillable mug (included in the DxDP) and my journal and caught up my trip so far.

For lunch I enjoyed:

Carrot and celery sticks with dip

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And some juicy red grapes

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And the decidedly unhealthy zebra domes. This was actually my 2nd pack of them. I had stopped by on Sunday after I got up (which was around noon - I think I got back to my room after DAP around 2am and then didn't go to bed until after 3am). I ate the first package 1 or 2 at a time but this package I enjoyed while sipping Coffee/hot chocolate from my mug.

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It's funny - the first time I tried zebra dome (back in 2005) I wasn't impressed but this trip it was like I couldn't get enough of them! They just really, really hit the spot.

Some pictures of Mara (tried to avoid other people which was easy since there were only a couple of other families in there with me).

tables and chairs:
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Condiment station:
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Next up is Jiko (my favourite food of the trip).

ClareH37
03-04-2010, 01:13 PM
I still can't believe I've never had a zebra dome lol - what exactly do they taste of?

Looking forward to your Jiko report as it's somewhere I'm seriously considering for my May trip.

Pooh&OurHunny
03-05-2010, 10:28 AM
Thanks for the update. I love those Zebra domes. When we get back from the park...I had to get them for my evening snack. After I put my son to bed, my husband and I sit at our AKL balcony and watch the zebras and giraffes and I ate those zebra domes (I don't share with hubby :rotfl::rotfl:)

PrincessTrisha
03-06-2010, 08:05 AM
I still can't believe I've never had a zebra dome lol - what exactly do they taste of?

Looking forward to your Jiko report as it's somewhere I'm seriously considering for my May trip.

Zebra domes are mousse covered in a ganache kind of icing with a little sliver of thin cake on the bottom.

Thanks for the update. I love those Zebra domes. When we get back from the park...I had to get them for my evening snack. After I put my son to bed, my husband and I sit at our AKL balcony and watch the zebras and giraffes and I ate those zebra domes (I don't share with hubby :rotfl::rotfl:)

That's one of the nicest things about a solo trip - no sharing. Of course it also means no poaching off of any one else's plate. :rolleyes1

PrincessTrisha
03-06-2010, 08:28 AM
So I checked in for my ADR at Jiko on time but still had about a 30 minute wait. I should have known that my table was going to be "less than desirable" when the couple before me came back and waited some more instead of taking the table. It was up against the windows but right by the emergency exit. It's funny because they take you on this walk down through the restaurant and then back up through the seating area only to find out you're two steps behind the check in podium.

Anyways - I ordered a drink. It was a speciality of Jiko - I think it was a Mount Kilomanjaro? It was okay but not my favourite drink. I would have ordered a Magical Star cocktail as a second drink but my server wasn't around enough for me to ask.

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First up was their bread. Oh it was so good and the flavoured butter was outstanding!

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For my appetizer I was going to order the olive flatbread but when it came time to order - the word "Ostrich" just seemed to pour out. It wasn't until after the server had left that I realized that I hadn't ordered what I intended. Of course - things worked out incredibly well since this dish was just outstanding! I mean - the meat was so tender and tasty and the spiced chick peas - wow! Even if you don't like chick peas - you can still order this. They didn't taste like chick peas - I would have sworn that the Ostrich was sitting atop the tastiest risotto ever. I really can't say enough good things about this dish.

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For my entree - it was a toss up between the filet mignon (because of the macaroni and cheese) or the beef short rib (because I heard the meat was outstanding). Instead of making a choice between the two, I asked if I could have the beef rib with the macaroni and cheese. I think I found Nirvana. The BBQ sauce on the beef rib was incredible - sweet and tangy. The meat was so well cooked that it just pulled apart. And the macaroni and cheese was so creamy - and with a little of the bbq sauce mixed it - it just sang! This was the best entree of the entire trip (actually of any trip I've had at Disney).

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I was stuffed to the gills at this point but just couldn't stop because of what I spied on the dessert menu. Homemade coffe ice cream with fresh made donuts. O!M!G! The donuts were freshly fried and rolled in sugar with a nice crispy exterior but a soft interior. And the coffee ice cream was like eating a fully frozen cappacino. It was real coffee - not coffee flavoured. Again - so good.

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The food at Jiko was just incredible. It's the one place I want to take my parents when we return in October because the food is that outstanding that I'm willing to PAY CASH to eat here (unusual).

The service though was lackluster. I don't think it was me though - I think the server was just - blah. I didn't see anyone in his area getting what I consider good service. Even the people bringing out the food (which was never my server) just kind of threw the plate down without a word and walked away. My water glass also stood empty for most of the meal and my server was ready with my bill before I had even ordered dessert (which I consider odd since he knew I was on the Dxdp - I mean - why would he assume I was not ordering dessert? Nor had I had a beverage at that point - when I ordered coffee, he brought me just a cup of coffee - no offer of a pressed pot or anything either. And I had to ask for milk to go with it a second time).

tinkerbell48
03-06-2010, 08:49 AM
Loven your food porn!:cool1:

catsaneda
03-06-2010, 11:02 AM
36 more days to go...and I can't wait! Jiko will be our first meal there. We are going to be on the DxDP also. Love your reviews BTW. Cant wait for another one.

anthonut
03-06-2010, 01:20 PM
Jiko looks outstanding and if all goes as planned I will be dining there a week from tomorrow. I too have been debating the beef short rib vs. filet choice. Since I will also be dining at Le Cellier and have already decided to have the filet there, I was hesitant to order a filet at Jiko. May have to go for the Frankenstein's monster entree you have created :)

PrincessTrisha
03-07-2010, 11:28 AM
Loven your food porn!:cool1:

Thank you.

36 more days to go...and I can't wait! Jiko will be our first meal there. We are going to be on the DxDP also. Love your reviews BTW. Cant wait for another one.

Next one coming up.

Jiko looks outstanding and if all goes as planned I will be dining there a week from tomorrow. I too have been debating the beef short rib vs. filet choice. Since I will also be dining at Le Cellier and have already decided to have the filet there, I was hesitant to order a filet at Jiko. May have to go for the Frankenstein's monster entree you have created :)

Oh Yes! I highly recommend it. The two best things from the 2 best entrees melded together. mmm, mmm, good.

PrincessTrisha
03-07-2010, 11:45 AM
Well - every trip has some kind of disappointment and this was mine. I booked breakfast at the Wave (supposed to go to the MK afterwards).

Breakfast was a bit of a bust. I had lousy service, and kind of crappy food.

First up was a cup of less than stellar Disney Coffee. The wave is supposed to serve Organic Colombian coffee but this tasted like weak Nescafe to me.

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had to wait until they delivered my breakfast for milk since he didn't bring any with the coffee but said "he'd be right back with it". Yeah - right.

I had debated between an omelet or the "multi grain waffle". I mistakenly went with the waffle. It was bland and boring and I didn't detect any "multi grains". It tasted like a plain, boring regular waffle. The fruit compote was bitter and it was served with no syrup or butter even to be able to dress it up if you didn't like the fruit compote. I choose chicken sausage and when it came, I didn't even touch it (other than to take it off my plate and put it on the table since I didn't even have a side plate or anything). It was pale and didn't even looked cooked. It was in a casing and very squishy. When the server came by at the end of the meal he just picked it up off the table and said, "You didn't even try it, oh well.".

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It was a lousy breakfast with lousy service and was a little ticked that I wasted a credit on it. This was the only restaurant where I didn't tip either the recommended 18 or 20%. I left about 10% and he was lucky to get that. He never checked to make sure my breakfast was okay, never explained what I could get for breakfast with the dxdp and really didn't speak to me other than to ask what I was going to order. I never saw him while I was eating my bland waffle and having to wait for the milk for my coffee just cheesed me off.

Ironically - after breakfast I rode the monorail intending to get off at the MK but I noticed it was soooooo busy (I should have known since it was the only day that week that the MK was to be rated a 7 or 8 for busy-ness), I decided not to go. Instead I rode around on the monorail most of the morning - going between the Resort line and the Epcot line. I hadn't riden the monorail to Epcot in over 10 years so that actually made for an interesting morning. I was amazed at the pictures I got of Epcot from the Monorail. Really, really great pictures. It actually made for a very fun and relaxing morning. People watching was great and it was interesting to listen to the different conversations of the families who were riding with me.

I did a little shopping at the CR and the Polynesian and then decided after my less than stellar breakfast, I'd use one of my credits (having 3 left at this point) on a true and trusted restaurant - Kona for lunch.

ClareH37
03-07-2010, 11:48 AM
I've gone ahead and booked Jiko :goodvibes your photos look good enough to eat!

That's such a shame about The Wave, I'd also booked a breakfast there before heading over to MK but looking at what you had, I think I'll give it a miss, very disappointing.

vinotinto
03-07-2010, 01:16 PM
First up was a cup of less than stellar Disney Coffee. The wave is supposed to serve Organic Colombian coffee but this tasted like weak Nescafe to me.

:sad1:
I mistakenly went with the waffle. It was bland and boring and I didn't detect any "multi grains". It tasted like a plain, boring regular waffle.
Well, I had The Wave on my breakfast list, but not anymore! Loved the idea of Organic Colombian coffee and particularly multi-grain waffles. And that's my "beef" with multi-grain. They'll add an extra flour to regular white flour and call it "multigrain." Always tough to find those whole grains at Disney. :sad2:

emmysmommy
03-07-2010, 01:39 PM
I know I'm late but I wanted to jump in here anyway! Jiko sounds amazing. Sorry about The Wave... the server is lucky he got the 10% you gave him. And that chicken sausage....it looks horrible! Yuck!

darthtatty
03-07-2010, 02:28 PM
Awww thats such a shame you didnt have a great breakfast. I agree theres always one meal that is such a let down, there shouldnt be the prices we pay. We stay at the Contemporary but have yet to try the Wave, still not sure we want to try it. Mind you ive seen other reviews and the food looks delishious, yours looks as described.
Cant wait to see what you had at Kona :goodvibes

connorsmom911
03-07-2010, 03:21 PM
Loving your dining report!! You have inspired me to one day take a solo trip on the DxDP, although I'll have to wait a few years until my kids are older and my mom no longer wants to take our mother-daughter getaways.

I totally agree with you about Jiko!! My mom and I dined there last fall for my birthday meal and it was the best meal I have ever had, ANYWHERE!!! We were lucky enough to have the most amazing server as well, so much so that I wrote a glowing letter to guest services about his service! I'm almost afraid to eat there again for fear that my expectations have been set so high.

MickeyNicki
03-08-2010, 12:47 PM
I loved that dessert from Jiko...if we ever go back to Jiko we will dine on appies and desserts since they are incredible!

So sorry about your Wave breakfast but those pitiful sausage links would send me running to the nearest CS place!

PrincessTrisha
03-09-2010, 04:54 PM
I've gone ahead and booked Jiko :goodvibes your photos look good enough to eat!

That's such a shame about The Wave, I'd also booked a breakfast there before heading over to MK but looking at what you had, I think I'll give it a miss, very disappointing.

Jiko truly was outstanding - I hope you love it as much as I did.

:sad1:

Well, I had The Wave on my breakfast list, but not anymore! Loved the idea of Organic Colombian coffee and particularly multi-grain waffles. And that's my "beef" with multi-grain. They'll add an extra flour to regular white flour and call it "multigrain." Always tough to find those whole grains at Disney. :sad2:

Yeah I agree - they may call it "multigrain" but it was not what I expect of a multi grain item.

I know I'm late but I wanted to jump in here anyway! Jiko sounds amazing. Sorry about The Wave... the server is lucky he got the 10% you gave him. And that chicken sausage....it looks horrible! Yuck!

I have a problem with undercooked meat and I don't think the sausages were fully cooked. I wish the server had checked on me at any point during the meal but he didn't. I admit, I tip at least something out of guilt but he didn't really deserve anything.

Awww thats such a shame you didnt have a great breakfast. I agree theres always one meal that is such a let down, there shouldnt be the prices we pay. We stay at the Contemporary but have yet to try the Wave, still not sure we want to try it. Mind you ive seen other reviews and the food looks delishious, yours looks as described.
Cant wait to see what you had at Kona :goodvibes

In October my parents and I had dinner at the Wave it was very good. It might have been an off day (or an off breakfast).

Loving your dining report!! You have inspired me to one day take a solo trip on the DxDP, although I'll have to wait a few years until my kids are older and my mom no longer wants to take our mother-daughter getaways.

I totally agree with you about Jiko!! My mom and I dined there last fall for my birthday meal and it was the best meal I have ever had, ANYWHERE!!! We were lucky enough to have the most amazing server as well, so much so that I wrote a glowing letter to guest services about his service! I'm almost afraid to eat there again for fear that my expectations have been set so high.

I had originally booked only the DDP for my solo trip (and had debated on not getting a dining plan at all) but I like going into things knowing that I have X # of meals prepaid. I am also a big fan of room service so the dxdp fits me well. It was my second time on the DxDP so I have had the opportunity to try several of the 2 credit restaurants and really enjoy the more upscale dining.

I know what you mean about the great service - sometimes you think - I can't be that lucky twice. Still - even with less than attentive service, the food was so outstanding that it made for a wonderful meal.

I loved that dessert from Jiko...if we ever go back to Jiko we will dine on appies and desserts since they are incredible!

So sorry about your Wave breakfast but those pitiful sausage links would send me running to the nearest CS place!

That dessert was incredible - I wished there was more ice cream because it was the best ice cream I've ever had. The donuts were so fresh and tasty. There was no part of that food at that meal that I would have changed.

PrincessTrisha
03-09-2010, 05:16 PM
So after the lackluster breakfast, I wanted my next meal to be a "tried and true winner" so I choose Kona Cafe (it was between that an the GF Cafe but I had lunch at the GF back in October but didn't make it to Kona so it won out - I also enjoy shopping at the Poly a little more).

From the moment I was seated (without an ADR I might add) things went perfectly. My server was attentive and stopped by to talk with me several times, made good suggestions and positive comments about what I was ordering and kept my diet coke consistently full.

To start with I went with the Shrimp and Coconut Curry soup. I had this a few years back and it by far my favourite soup of all time. It's thick and creamy with a touch of spice and many, many plump cooked shrimp. It may not look like much but when you dip your spoon in, there are treasures deep down. It's red curry which I much prefer to yellow curry.

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For my entree I went with my servers suggestion which was the Polynesian Plate Lunch - Chicken with coconut and mango sauces. The chicken was pressed and breaded and crispy and juicy. It was very tasty. The sauces were amazing and it made me actually eat the plain rice (at least that which had / I put the sauce on). I was hesitant about the macaroni salad but it was tasty - a little different - but good. It was really enjoyable.

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For dessert I ordered the Banana Chocolate Creme Brulee. It was between this and the cheesecake but I don't get a chance to have creme brulee much at home (cheesecake I can make myself or purchase a pretty decent one). It was perfect. The creme part was cold on top but warm on the bottom and the brulee was perfectly done (not the slightest bit of burnt). The chocolate at the bottom was melted as it was served atop a warm plate. Super good.

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Overall it was a perfect lunch - quiet and pleasant - tasty, well prepared food and excellent service. I was in no rush and I was able to eat at my pace. My server checked in with me several times to make sure everything was to my liking and I was happy with what I ordered.

After lunch I grabbed a cab back to the AKL to check in to my club level room. This was my last day on the DxDp (though at this point I still have 2 credits left).

I have two more meals left to review - after this point I ordered room service 2 more times (dinner to use up my last two credits and breakfast on my last morning).

Other than those two meals - during the next two days I mostly ate at either the club lounge or leftovers. After 4 nights on the dxdp, I was ready for a little less food.

disneyfav4ever
03-09-2010, 05:21 PM
That soup at Kona looks really good, I may have to try it. :goodvibes

MickeyNicki
03-11-2010, 09:22 AM
OMG my hubby had the chicken plate from Kona and I swear it was the best thing ever! I could not keep my fork on my own plate...and the dessert you had is exactly what we shared and loved it!

Kona is our fave lunch spot now

Pooh&OurHunny
03-11-2010, 10:37 AM
great updates. Sorry to hear your bad experience at The Wave...we never went there and going back and forth with it but we might try to eat for dinner. Thanks for a great review on Kona

PrincessTrisha
03-13-2010, 07:40 AM
That soup at Kona looks really good, I may have to try it. :goodvibes

It is my favourite.

OMG my hubby had the chicken plate from Kona and I swear it was the best thing ever! I could not keep my fork on my own plate...and the dessert you had is exactly what we shared and loved it!

Kona is our fave lunch spot now

I had debated on the mahi mahi or pulled pork tacos but my server recommended the chicken and it was great - the sauces are really something special.

great updates. Sorry to hear your bad experience at The Wave...we never went there and going back and forth with it but we might try to eat for dinner. Thanks for a great review on Kona

Thanks for continuing to read along.

PrincessTrisha
03-13-2010, 07:53 AM
So with my last two credits I decided to order room service for dinner. I was still going to be at Disney for another day and a half but I had switched over to AKL club level. Between my leftovers and the club level offerings I didn't actually buy any food the next day but ordered breakfast on my last day (cause my train was leaving at 1:30pm and I wanted a hearty breakfast to make it through until dinner).

So for my last two credits I ordered:

Shrimp Cocktail appetizer:
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I wish I had realized that the lettuce had some kind of dressing on it. I put this in the fridge and enjoyed it for lunch on Thursday (the next day) but the dressing made the shrimp a little limp. There were 6 big plump shrimps. Is it something I would pay $14 cash for? No - but that's one of the reasons I love the dxdp!

For my entree I order the grilled chicken sandwich with goat cheese. I love goat cheese and this was an excellent sandwich! You can see that the goat cheese was a beautiful thick layer. And the homemade chips were awesome! Although it may seem like not such a good deal to order (the sandwich was only $15 or $16 dollars), it was a really great entree. It was a whole, thick, grilled chicken breast and smothered with creamy goat cheese. I couldn't finish it and saved half for the next day.

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For dessert I ordered the sampler again but it was slightly different.

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Instead of the coconut tart it had a chocolate espresso tart. It was just as good as the first time. Tonight I ate the fruit tart and the espresso tart but save the big zebra dome for Thursday.

And for my drink I order Evian water (I made sure to ask specifically for Evian and that is what they delivered).

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The one thing I love about room service and the dining plan is no need to tip extra! Both the service charge and the 18% tip are included in the use of the credits.

vinotinto
03-13-2010, 06:16 PM
The one thing I love about room service and the dining plan is no need to tip extra! Both the service charge and the 18% tip are included in the use of the credits.

I didn't know that! So, it's like CRT and the shows? We're booked with DxDP and had not even considered room service until your reviews. Sounds great! :thumbsup2

ibcindyb
03-13-2010, 06:47 PM
so much I am going back to read them all!

PrincessTrisha
03-14-2010, 11:24 AM
I didn't know that! So, it's like CRT and the shows? We're booked with DxDP and had not even considered room service until your reviews. Sounds great! :thumbsup2

Yes - room service includes the tip and service charge. If ordering room service I recommend lunch or dinner since breakfast doesn't include much (and if ordering bottle water - specify which one you want).

so much I am going back to read them all!

Glad to know you've enjoyed my reviews.

ClareH37
03-14-2010, 11:26 AM
There's something so luxuriously decadent about room service :cloud9:

The grilled chicken sandwich looks extremely yummy.

PrincessTrisha
03-14-2010, 11:35 AM
On my last morning, I decided to order room service for breakfast. I wanted something substantial (not from the club lounge) and certainly some protein since I expected I wouldn't eat again until dinner time. I had set my alarm for 9:30 (and then breakfast right away, and then check out at 11am) but I ended up waking up at 7:30 so I ordered breakfast at 8am - I ended up eating what I wanted right away and then snacking on more potatoes, a biscuit and some bacon right before I checked out at 11am.

I ordered the Grilled Vegetable Omelet with potatoes and biscuits.

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And a side order of bacon.

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All I could say was - Wow!

Not only was there tons of food (enough for two), but it was hot, fresh, well prepared and incredibly tasty. The omelet was perfect, the potatoes were incredible, the biscuits were flakey and even the bacon was crispy.

It was about $21 (expensive yes) including the service charge and tip. If I had to do over, I probably wouldn't order the side of bacon but that morning, I really felt like bacon.

For a couple, I'd suggest ordering this with an extra plate and silverware setting. It would be a hearty enough breakfast for both people.

lovemickeyshouse
03-14-2010, 03:56 PM
Wow you took the train down for only a few days or long was your trip ?

PrincessTrisha
03-14-2010, 06:16 PM
Wow you took the train down for only a few days or long was your trip ?

I spent 6 nights at WDW - it takes a day and a half by train (my train left Friday at 4:30 am from Buffalo and I arrived at the AKL around 2pm Saturday).

Wyndale
03-15-2010, 09:16 AM
A great review! Thank you so much for sharing. Now, if you don't mind, please pass me the bacon, I am so hungry after reading this...Yum!