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Old 02-13-2013, 01:47 AM   #1
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Let's talk about the Napa Rose - UPDATE: We went last night 2/13/13. Full report.

Sooo.... this year I am trying to do some of the wonderful things at Disneyland that I myself cannot believe I have yet to do.

One of those is eat at certain on-site restaurants. First up? The Napa Rose

DH & I have an ADR. We have looked at the dinner menus. We know about Chef's Counter (not this time, though).

What should we know about the Napa Rose that we may not already know that we don't want to find out AFTER the fact as I will scream that we missed something?

Tell me the wonderful, the "little known thing," the thing you wish someone had told YOU your first time there.

Thanks!

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Old 02-13-2013, 02:09 AM   #2
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Ooh, one of my faves! Let me see...

- free 5 hour valet parking with validation

- scallops in vanilla lobster sauce is probably one of the top 10 dishes I have ever had

- smiling tiger salad is also pretty amazing!

- do at least nibble on the bread basket, there are such interesting breads

- do have dessert! World's best hot chocolate is for serious chocolate lovers, I am a true chocoholic and it was a revelation

- don't be afraid to ask for recommendations, the servers are very helpful

- it is fun to drink some Lasseter wine while eating at Napa Rose

- don't eat lunch so you have room for dinner!

Have fun! And I would definitely recommend Chef's Counter in the future, it is a very special experience.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:38 AM   #3
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They usually have some sort of flavored creme brle, but if you are a traditionalist like me, they always have vanilla for the kids, and they will let adults have them as well. They made them into little beaches with blue sugar for the water and a Gummie fish.
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Ooh, one of my faves! Let me see...

- free 5 hour valet parking with validation

- scallops in vanilla lobster sauce is probably one of the top 10 dishes I have ever had

- smiling tiger salad is also pretty amazing!

- do at least nibble on the bread basket, there are such interesting breads

- do have dessert! World's best hot chocolate is for serious chocolate lovers, I am a true chocoholic and it was a revelation

- don't be afraid to ask for recommendations, the servers are very helpful

- it is fun to drink some Lasseter wine while eating at Napa Rose

- don't eat lunch so you have room for dinner!

Have fun! And I would definitely recommend Chef's Counter in the future, it is a very special experience.
This is an awesome list...we will be making an ADR here for our trip in June and I am really excited about it. This is our first trip to DLR and I have read so many great reviews and have seen amazing photos of the different dishes there.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:48 PM   #5
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Ooh, one of my faves! Let me see...

- free 5 hour valet parking with validation

- scallops in vanilla lobster sauce is probably one of the top 10 dishes I have ever had

- smiling tiger salad is also pretty amazing!

- do at least nibble on the bread basket, there are such interesting breads

- do have dessert! World's best hot chocolate is for serious chocolate lovers, I am a true chocoholic and it was a revelation

- don't be afraid to ask for recommendations, the servers are very helpful

- it is fun to drink some Lasseter wine while eating at Napa Rose

- don't eat lunch so you have room for dinner!

Have fun! And I would definitely recommend Chef's Counter in the future, it is a very special experience.
Thank you for the great tips and insight. I was eyeing the scallops on the menu. I think you just sold me on them. And one chocoholic to another, the dish you described above sounds amazing. Thanks for the above!

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They usually have some sort of flavored creme brle, but if you are a traditionalist like me, they always have vanilla for the kids, and they will let adults have them as well. They made them into little beaches with blue sugar for the water and a Gummie fish.
Little beaches... Cute! Thanks for sharing.

Anyone else with Napa Rose tips?

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Old 02-13-2013, 01:30 PM   #6
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The pizza appetizer is to die for, but very filling (Signature Pizzetta - "La Quercia" Smoked American Prosciutto, Red Flame Grapes, Caramelized Onions, & Cambozola Cheese $15.) We love this so much, we go sit in the lounge and have drinks and share this and eat from the bread basket. We just can't stop eating the flat bread in there!

Also, I let the server pick my wine based on my meal, and I have never been disappointed.
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Tell me the wonderful, the "little known thing," the thing you wish someone had told YOU your first time there.

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- How amazing the Mushroom Bisque is
- Ordering/Substituting a menu items setup (the other stuff that comes with the entree ... e.g mashed potatoes, vegetables) with the setup from a different entree.
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Ask which dishes are seasonal.

Order multiple appetizers, desserts etc. so you can try more things!

Enjoy!
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There is none enforced by Disney. Most people dress up a little bit, but there are people in shorts and t-shirts as well.
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- How amazing the Mushroom Bisque is
- Ordering/Substituting a menu items setup (the other stuff that comes with the entree ... e.g mashed potatoes, vegetables) with the setup from a different entree.
Oooh, thank you! I was curious about the Mushroom Bisque. I just might have to try it!

And thanks for mentioning substituting items. DH is a huge mashed potatoes lover and was a little hesitant about asking to switch out sides due to the "classiness" of the restaurant. He'll be thrilled to hear it's not going to be frowned upon.

Anyone else getting hungry?

Any more Napa Rose tips, hints, secrets? Please share.

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Old 02-13-2013, 05:23 PM   #12
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Have never been, but now I'm thinking I really need to!
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For anyone interested in seeing tons of pictures of the food, check out this thread: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2656163

The title says Chef's Counter, but you can get a good idea of what is available by looking through the pictures. As you look through you can see there are staples available year-round (such as the scallop and filet) but there is also lots of seasonal dishes.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:19 PM   #14
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I'm surprised no one has suggested the Truffled mac and cheese. Be prepare to share, it's really creamy! And I second or third the scallops. I'm hungry now
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I second all the things that have been suggested (love the mushroom bisque, and the scallops, and the Smiling Tiger salad). I also highly recommend either of the Starters to Share (Seven Sparkling Sins or the Sizzling Beach Rock). Both are beautifully presented and offer lots of varied and delicious nibbles. Actually both of these offer a good amount of food to share so it is a good thing to get not just as a starter but if you and your dinner mate want a light dinner. Or if you want to save extra room for dessert, and all the desserts are so good.

One more thing I would add is not to forget about the wine list. It is absolutely first class and the wait staff are well versed. I've had wonderful wine pairings (by the glass or bottle) suggested by the wait staff. They are very approachable on the subject and make it so fun to try new, delicious wines.
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