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Old 09-09-2007, 07:01 PM   #16
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:28 PM   #17
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Day 2: Sunshine Seasons and Nine Dragons

SUNSHINE SEASONS

We had lunch here after a busy and very fun morning in Epcot. We arrived around 11:30 and found a table easily. It got very busy during the next 30 minutes though! Here’s what we had:

DD: Caesar Salad with Oak-fired Chicken, Key Lime Pie and Diet Coke.

Cheryl really enjoyed this, she said the chicken was very tasty and the salad greens were crispy and fresh with lots of dressing. She found the cheese a little overpowering though, and pushed most of it to the side.
Rating: 8/10

DS: Roast ½ Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Carrots, Chocolate Mousse Cake and Chocolate Milk.

The only part of this entrée Neil enjoyed was the potatoes, which he said were very good. He said the chicken had very little flavor and the carrots had a sickly-sweet glaze that turned his stomach. He said the chocolate cake was delicious and very moist.
Rating: 5/10 (for the potatoes and cake)

DH: Black Forest Ham and Salami Grinder, Chocolate Mousse Cake, Chocolate Milk

Frank really enjoyed this. He said the bread was very fresh and the sandwich very flavorful. He also thoroughly enjoyed the cake.
Rating: 8/10

Me: Turkey and Muenster cheese on Foccicia with Chipotle Mayo, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Milk.

This was delicious, the bread was very fresh and the chipotle mayo gave it a bit of a kick. The key lime pie was tasty and very light, but a little too sweet for my taste. I like the lime filling a little on the tart side. It was also much too big. I could only eat about a third of it.
Rating: 8/10

Overall Rating: 7 ¼

Just a note: This place can be very busy and rather confusing if you’ve never been here before. It has separate stations for different types of food (sandwiches, salads, Asian, grilled, desserts, etc.) which can pose a problem if you have small children and everyone wants something different. On the other hand, having a wide variety to choose from is terrific as everyone can usually find something they like.

Would we return? Yes, but Neil will avoid the roast chicken next time.

Nine Dragons coming in the next post!
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:53 PM   #18
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Day 2 Continued: Nine Dragons

Nine Dragons

I was a little concerned about this meal since this restaurant receives so many bad reviews here, but this turned out to be one of our favourite meals of the trip! The restaurant is beautiful, with lovely examples of Chinese art throughout. The colour scheme is very striking in black and red and the tables and chairs are bold and regal-looking. Like most Disney restaurants, the tables are close together and the room can be noisy, but it didn’t detract from our enjoyment of the meal or intrude on our ability to talk to one another without having to raise our voices. Our server was a very efficient if somewhat impersonal young woman who kept our glasses filled and timed the courses perfectly. I have to apologize again for the small number of photos since I forgot to take pictures of the appetizers. We were very hungry when we arrived and all the delicious smells in this restaurant only served to further whet our appetite. As a result, when the appetizers were served, we pounced on them and they were inhaled before I remembered to take out the camera.

Here’s what we had:

DS: Split the Tri-Star appetizer with me (A delightful combination of three favorite dim sums: pot sticker, shrimp and pork spring roll, and Chicken and Shrimp Shao Mai) There were two servings of each selection, and all were delicious!! Our favourites were the pot stickers and spring roll. Neil’s entrée was the Honey Sesame Chicken, which was served with steamed white rice. He chose Iced Tea for his beverage.
Rating: 9/10


DD: Cheryl had the Pot Stickers for her appetizer (Traditional wok-sautéed dumpling filled with pork and vegetables) and also chose the Honey Sesame Chicken for her entrée. She absolutely loved the pot stickers and could have made a meal out of them alone. She had Diet Coke to drink.
Rating: 9/10

DH: Frank had the Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad for his appetizer (Beijing style pickled cucumber with ginger flavor) along with the Honey Sesame Chicken for his entrée. He really enjoyed the salad, and it truly lived up to its name. It started out sweet but finished with a spicy kick which was surprising but very, very good. Frank chose Coke for his drink.
Rating: 10/10

Me: As mentioned above, I had half of the Tri-Star appetizer and I decided to be different and ordered the Canton Pepper Beef (Beef stir-fried with onions, green and red peppers and served with steamed white rice on the side.) This was absolutely delicious!! The beef was melt-in-your-mouth tender and the sauce complemented it perfectly. I mixed the rice with it and it was soooo good! I had the Jasmine Green Iced Tea for my beverage and I really enjoyed it. It was very refreshing.
Rating: 9/10


The Honey Sesame Chicken was given an enthusiastic thumbs up by everyone! I tried some of Franks and agree that it was phenomenal. I was quite happy with my selection though, because even though the chicken was delicious, it was also quite rich and very sweet. My beef was very satisfying and didn’t leave me feeling stuffed.

Desserts were this restaurants only negative. The selection is quite limited; we were offered Caramel Ginger Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream or Cherry Cake for dessert. Frank passed on dessert but Cheryl, Neil, and I decided to try the cherry cake.

This looked and tasted exactly like a jelly-roll you can buy in any supermarket bakery. It was rather bland and tasteless and certainly wasn’t presented with any kind of flair. It looks like they just chopped off a slice, threw it on a plate and then tossed on a few sprinkles as an afterthought. <g> We each took a bite and left the rest, it wasn’t worth the calories.

All in all though, this was a wonderful experience and we’ll definitely return!!

Overall Rating: 9 ¼
Service: B

Up next: Sci-Fi Dine-In and Wolfgang Puck Express
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Old 09-09-2007, 08:17 PM   #20
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Thanks especially for your review of Nine Dragons. We're trying a few new places this next trip and Nine Dragons is one. I'm glad you (mostly) liked it. I'm a little concerned about the desserts (not that we really will need dessert!) but on the allears site it lists a rasperry chocolate cake as being available at lunch (not dinner). But the lunch menu is a few months out of date so I'm wondering if it's still available . . .
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Old 09-09-2007, 09:28 PM   #21
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Great report and I love the food porn!
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Old 09-09-2007, 09:33 PM   #22
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Old 09-10-2007, 06:52 AM   #23
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Another Ontario girl subbing. I have nine days left so I'll enjoy drooling over your meals .
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EXACTLY! PLEEEEEEAAAAAASE?????? Laundry, work, cooking - WHATEVER! This is much more important! I really can't wait to read more. We leave in 11 days, and this is getting me so excited! Your reviews are full of great details and pictures. Now we just need more, more, more!
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Wow! Thanks for all the kind comments everyone! It's nice to know that people are reading and finding it helpful. I know I live on these boards before our trips and it was mainly due to the dining reports that I chose some of the restaurants we tried this year. Hopefully this will help someone else the same way.

Thanks for taking the time to post! The next installment will be up shortly.
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We had ADR's at Nine Dragons on 8/24 which we missed due to a 2-hour downpour that night! We had a great meal at Spoodles instead, but having never eaten at Nine Dragons we are putting it on our "Must do" list for our next trip.

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Day 3: Sci-Fi Dine-In and Wolfgang Puck Express

Day 3 – Sci-Fi Dine-In and Wolfgang Puck Express

This was our MGM morning, so after we had fun riding Rock n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, etc., we were ready for some lunch. We had an ADR at Sci-Fi for 11:40 AM. We checked in at 11:20 and were seated within 15 minutes. We’d never been to Sci-Fi before but were looking forward to trying it. It’s very impressive when you first walk into the actual restaurant area, you’d swear you stepped outside on a lovely clear night. There are stars twinkling overhead and both my kids got a real kick out of the car tables and the big screen showing clips from every old low-budget horror flick you can imagine (and some you can’t! LOL!!) The lighting is very low, to fit in with the general theme of being in a drive-in at night, and I’m sorry to say our pictures didn’t turn out at all. Cheryl used her camera here and the photos are too dark to see anything at all.

Our server was great and he took the time to explain how the dining plan worked. We were allowed to choose a milkshake (Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry or Oreo) for our beverage but the Pirate’s Punch (Minute Maid light raspberry lemonade served in a souvenir Pirate Cup with a glowing Tinker Bell or Captain Hook clip-on light) was not included on the DP and would be an extra charge.

DH: Frank chose the Crispy Onion Rings as his appetizer which he said weren’t bad, but he found them extremely greasy. He had the Smoked Baby Back Ribs for his entrée. He said they were cooked well, but weren’t very tender and had quite a bit of fat in them. He had a chocolate shake for his beverage which was pretty good but extremely thick. You definitely needed a spoon for it. Dessert was the Hot Fudge Sundae, which was huge!
Rating: 5/10

DS: Neil had exactly the same thing as his Dad, and his impressions of the meal were also the same. He loves onion rings but found these very greasy and he said they were also cold. Not a good combo.
Rating: 5/10

DD: Cheryl had the Crispy Onion Rings as her appetizer. Entrée: Angus Chuck Burger with cheddar cheese and bacon, with French fries on the side. She had a Diet Coke for her drink and chose the Fresh Fruit Salad for her dessert. Cheryl didn’t enjoy the onion rings either, and said hers were also cold. She said her burger was ok, but nothing special. She enjoyed the fruit salad (it was a mixture of cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, grapes & strawberries.) They surprised her with a loaded Hot Fudge Sundae for her birthday, but she was too stuffed to eat any of it.
Rating: 5/10

Me: I had the Spinach and Artichoke Dip (A blend of mozzarella, swiss, and asiago with spinach, artichokes, and corn tortilla chips) for my appetizer, the Angus Chuck Burger with cheddar cheese and bacon, with onion rings instead of French fries. My drink was a chocolate shake, and I chose the Warm Apple & Pecan Crisp for dessert. I’m sorry to say the only part of this meal I really enjoyed was the dessert, which was very tasty. The dip was ok, nothing special, it probably would be more enjoyable if it were served with crusty bread rather than tortilla chips. My burger was burnt around the edges and was cold when I got it. I didn’t like the onion rings at all, they were cold and much too greasy. They hit your stomach like a lead weight and laid there for the rest of the day. I was sorry I didn’t choose the French fries as Cheryl said they were quite good.
Rating: 4/10 (mostly for the atmosphere)

My whole family agrees that this was our least favourite and most disappointing meal of the trip. We loved the atmosphere and it was a welcome break from the heat of the day (it was 97 degrees and sunny) but the food was not good at all. Our server was terrific, very friendly and helpful, and our service rating reflects that. The rating would have been higher if our food had arrived hot.

Would we go back? Nope. We’re happy we did it once, but once was enough.

Overall Rating: 5/10
Service: B+


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I am enjoying your review....can't wait to hear more!
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