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Old 12-28-2008, 03:03 PM   #31
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We dined here on the 2nd December 08, we used our half board vouchers and had reservations for 8pm.

The customer service was very good, the staff were very polite and explained how the vouchers worked. Henry ate off the tinkerbell menu and I ate off the veggie menu.

Again we were lucky enough to get a castle view whoop whoop! The restaurant interior is quite pretty but I think Walts is a lot more luxurious in decor than the California Grill.

Our food piccies:

Henry had the foie gras to start with which was very nice, very creamy though so you could only eat a small amount

I had the mushroom ravoli which was lovely, very tasty although the food portion was far too big for me!

For mains Henry had the chicken and prawn mini skewers with indian spices

and I had the veggie curry, which was lovely and very mild (but not too creamy!). This also came with poppodoms and dips that I don't have a photo off (sorry!)

For dessert we both had the chocolate dessert which was lovely and came with my favourite pear sorbet!

We both really enjoyed our meals here, the food was very good quality and I enjoyed the relatively slow pace of the meal. I will be dining here again!

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Old 01-25-2009, 04:50 AM   #32
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Jack and I ate here for our Engagement celebration meal on 20th January 2009 and had a 6.30pm reservation.

The Maitre de noted our special request and we were seated at the best window seat in the restaurant! I was over the moon as it meant I didn’t miss Candlebration!

We got served our drinks and were browsing the menu when I looked up and Chip and Dale were leaning over Jack - they soon dove over and hugged me and we had a group photo! It turned out as Inventions was shut for renovation for our trip, all of the characters were visiting CG in the evenings instead! Result! We also met Donald, Goofy, Launch pad and the cat from Pinocchio.

We both ordered from the set half board premium menu’s. To start Jack and the Cream of Green Lentils with Crispy Mushroom Ravioli, which was absolutely delicious and I had the Crunchy winter shoots with walnuts and cranberries - which was lovely and refreshing, with a beautiful dressing.

For Main I had the Chinese noodles with soy vegetables which was delicious but way to much food for me finish, and Jack had the Sea Bass with Mash and vanilla leeks - he adored this and says it’s the best meal he’s ever had!

Desserts were bought out to us by lots of staff members and had candles in to congratulate us - we also had people clapping for us which was lovely. I had the chocolate fondant cake with pear sorbet which was to die for!! And Jack had the Caramelised Apple Tart with caramel ice cream and vanilla whipped cream - he loved it!!

We both agree that the meal was absolutely fantastic, and not only the best meal of the trip, or at Disney, but our favourite meal out together ever!

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Old 02-19-2009, 10:48 PM   #33
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We ate here on Monday 16 Feb 2009.

It's a beautifully decorated and set out restaurant. The staff are all very attentive and polite.

I had the foie gras to start which was delicious.

Dtr had the winter vegetable soup with Mickey crouton. She has hardly stopped going on about it since!

For main course she had bolognese linguine, which she found nice, if a bit salty (this may be because I don't add salt to our cooking at home)

I had the lamb in...um.. red wine thing with a cabbage whotsit and a pear doodah (sorry, I wasn't paying attention). I'm sure you would love this if you like lamb. I'm a bit ambivalent about it, but didn't like anything else on the menu.

For dessert Dtr had the Floating Island Surprise, which was meringue type things in custard.

I had the apple crumble and icecream, which was yummy.

I have to be truthful and say some of this food was wasted on me. I wanted to eat there to see what it was like and because I had HB Premium vouchers, but I don't like rich food enough to get the best of this. If you are a foody, I'm sure you would love this.
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:10 PM   #34
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We ate here on 17th Feb for the first time and loved it.
DD chose the vegetable soup with Mickey crouton and thought it was absolutely delicious

Then the Linguine Bolognaise which again she thought was delicious

For desert she was excited about being to at last order the Mickey painting puzzle but when we ordered she was disappointed to be told they had none left so had the Ile Flotantes instead which she really enjoyed as this is a favourite desert of ours when we are in France.

DH and I decided to be adventurous and go for the Tasting Menu and it was all absolutely yummy. I cant say there was anything I didn’t enjoy and was surprised how big some of the portions were.

Crispy Scallops with sesame seeds and candied ginger viangrette

Foie Gras with gingerbread, papaya tartar and Espelette peppers

John Dory Fillet with breadcrumb and gomasio crust, ****ake mushrooms, soba noodles, matcha green tea sauce

Pan fried Charolais beef fillet, jus flavoured with penja pepper, potato kadaif with fresh coriander – sorry we had almost eaten it before we remembered that we hadn’t taken a photo.

A selection of cheeses and biscuits

Pear roasted with spices, brown sugar biscuit millefeuilles, white chocolate sauce

Coffee - There was also meant to be petit fours but they didn’t bring any and we didn’t ask as I couldn’t have eaten another thing and DD was a bit tired by this point as we had been in there for a long time

It was a marvellous meal which obviously wasn’t covered by the premium voucher but they took off the AP discount first before the voucher making it a reasonable amount.

I would definitely eat here again but would probably have a normal meal next time but am glad I went for the tasting menu as it gave me chance to try things I wouldn’t normally order.
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Old 04-18-2009, 09:12 AM   #35
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New Menu from California Grill - April 09. No tasting menu now.

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Old 07-02-2009, 05:30 AM   #36
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We had dinner here this Monday at 8pm and were seated at a window table. Thought it is a very nice designed restaurant. Our waiter was great and really funny. We both had the Tinkerbell Menu. As a starter we had the tomato and basil gazpacho, which was very good. Then we had the summer lasagna, very good with baby salad leaves, which weren´t that good since they came without any sauce or dressing.
The dessert was the best, we had warm chocolate cake with apricot dessert and that was very yummy. All in all we were happy and would eat here again.
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:38 AM   #37
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We had an amazing meal here on the final night of our recent trip. Probably the best meal out I have ever had in my life!

We were seated by a very professional CM (In fact, the same one we had last time!) in the very quiet restaurant at around 7pm.

We decided to be decadent and go for all three courses....

We were brought a small appestiser of baby summer vegetables with cream cheese, which was very nice indeed:

Robert opted for the Serrano Ham with Limoncello Sorbet, tapanade, breadsticks and salad (The salad was inside the glass cone):

He loved this starter, saying the ham was of excellent quality and that the sorbet went particularly well with it.

I went for the crispy langoustines with summer vegetables, aioli and olive oil dressing...

WOW is the only way to describe them. Perfectly cooked, and absolutely delicious. A perfect starter!

I went for the seabass with red rice, zucchini flower fritter and grilled zucchinis... It was absolutely delicious! The olive oil based sauce was light and gave the fish a lovely mild, creamy aftertaste. The red rice was very nice- Rather nutty in flavour which cut through the richness of the fish pefectly. The zucchini flower fritter was fabulous- The California Grill definately makes the best ones of these I have ever tasted!

However, my main course PALED in comparison to what Robert ordered. He went for the Rib of Beef (Cooked Medium Rare) with Bernaise Sauce and chips. It doesn't sound like anything amazing, but believe me it was. I was insanely jealous when he reluctantly cut me off a tiny piece to sample- It was the most amazing piece of beef imaginable, and he nearly cried when there was none left as it was so wonderful (No exaggeration, it was honestly that good!). The bernaise sauce was excellent, as were the chips and tasty side salad:

It was then time for dessert... Robert opted for the roasted apricots with spices, served on homemade shortbread with an almond sorbet and a honey creme-brulee:

He really enjoyed this and said it was probably one of his favourite Disney desserts ever. The flavours and textures were amazing together...

I went for the crisp chocolate and cherry dessert which consisted of wafer thin tiered chocolate filled with cherries and rich, smooth chocolate ganache. This came with a green tea sorbet (Great for palate clensing with a rich dessert), cherry mousse, cherry coulis and a chocolate twirl. This was, without a doubt, one of the best desserts I have ever eaten in my life.

We were now full to bursting, but had enjoyed every single bite beyond measure. We shared a large bottle of mineral water, and the bill came to a total of 152Euro. Expensive, yes, but absolutely worth it for one of the best meals I have ever had in my life, if not the best. We will certainly return to the California Grill!

I also feel it is worth pointing out that there is still a tasting menu on offer, but the chef chooses five different dishes every day. It is also only available if everyone at the table orders it.

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Old 09-26-2010, 01:33 PM   #38
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We didnt eat here but took photos of the menu





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Old 12-09-2012, 01:01 PM   #39
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DH and I ate here on Friday 30th November. We had a particularly lovely meal and very good service. However, I did feel the atmosphere wasn't to everyone's tastes and I'm not sure I'd rush back. I certainly wouldn't take the children here (although there were a few children dining when we did). But if you want fine dining, and good service (and don't mind the price tag) then this is the place to eat in DLRP!

I managed to delete some of our food photos but did take some of the menu - there are several different options.




Child's menu:

Tasting Menu:

Premium Voucher menu:

Tinkerbell menu (set menu):

We didn't have a starter as we had, had brunch (late breakfast) in the DLH that day. We had a main course from the a la carte menu.

DH had the fillet of beef (looked divine) and then the cheese board for after. The waiter asked him if wished to pick his own cheeses or let him do it. DH chose the latter. Unfortunately I deleted these photos - sorry!

I had the lamb shoulder in a pastry shell and then the Chef's recommended 'Beauty & the Beast' dessert - it was heaven. The main was one of the best I have tasted and the dessert was something I wouldn't normally pick as it was flavoured with rose. But it just looked so pretty (they had a sample outside the restaurant to show), so I couldn't resist. Pleased I tried it as it was gorgeous and so, so pretty. I took a few of the sweetie petals and the rose back for the girls .

Here was the sample dessert:

My main:

My dessert:

We also ordered a bottle of the 20th Anniversary wine - it was a Chardonnay (it wasn't on the wine list which is extensive at Cali Grill!). It was quite nice.

Can't remember the exact price but with shareholders discount it was about 140 euros for the two of us.

Like I said earlier, we thoroughly enjoyed an 'adult' meal at DLRP, and I would recommend it for this, or for a special occasion, but it's not something I would rush to do every trip.
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:27 PM   #40
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DH, DS1 (age 3.5) and I are here in March 2012. It's a beautiful restaurant; a really nice and calm setting for meal after a long day at the parks.

We had Premium meal vouchers so we ordered from the set menu.

I can't remember what I had for starters, sorry!

For mains, I had Vegetable curry. You can see DS's burger & chips in the background of the photo too.

This was my dessert and coffee:

All in all, a delicious meal; my DH said it was his favourite in DLP. (My favourite was Inventions!). Worth a visit if you like fine dining or have Premium Meal Vouchers.
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