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Old 09-18-2013, 07:33 AM   #1351
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Same... we might do something else and just got cocktails/a spicy kazaan roll when the times comes and call it good.
I'll take a spicy kazan roll any day of the week! That might be my favorite food item on property, so I was very glad to see that it stayed on the menu.
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:57 AM   #1352
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Since the dining plan explosion, this is the new way of Disney Dining. It has been quite a while since I have gotten the dining plan, but our strategy was to never use two dining credits for a signature meal and pay out of pockets for those, then grab an extra table service lunch somewhere throughout the week.

While paying OOP for the meal, the last few years we have found (and not limited to Cali Grill, but Narcoosee's, Yachtsman as well), out best meals have been while my wife and I each get a small (or split a) salad, then we split two or three apps. The prices for alot of these entrees have gotten too high to justify.

It's not that I am against $40-$50 entrees, and I know you'll usually pay more while at vacation destinations, things have gotten pretty bad.
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:00 AM   #1353
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wdwinfo has it (updated 9/13): http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dinin...nt.id=105#menu

Appetizers/Starter:
  • Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad - with curled Carrots, Baby Tomatoes, and Fat-free Ranch Dressing - $5.00
  • Grilled Seasonal Vegetable Lettuce Wraps - with Hummus Dip - $5.00

Entree/Main Course:
  • Mickey Check Meals: Grilled Beef Tenderloin - Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Baby Carrots, crushed Sweet Potatoes and Ketchup Sauce, and Seasonal Fruit Kabobs with Freshly Made Yogurt Dip. Choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani® Water. Meets Disney Nutrition Guidelines for Complete Meals without substitution - $18.00
  • Mickey Check Meals: Grilled Chicken Breast - Citrus-glazed Grilled Chicken Breast with Baby Steamed Carrots, crushed Sweet Potatoes, and Sesaonal Fruit Kabobs with Freshly Made Yogurt Dip. Choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani® Water. Meets Disney Nutrition Guildelines for Complete Meals without substitution - $15.00
  • Mickey Check Meals: Pasta - Whole-Grain Macaroni Pasta with Oven-fired Tomato Sauce served with Seasonal Fruit Kabobs with Freshly Made Yogurt Dip. Choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani® Water. Meets Disney Nutrition Guildelines for Complete Meals without substitution - $14.00
  • Provolone and Fresh Tomato Pizza - served with choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice - $9.00

Dessert:
  • California Grill Signature Puffed Rice Sushi - . - $6.00
  • Cookies and Cream - Fresh-baked Petite Chocolate Chip Cookies with Vanilla and Chocolate Pop Rocks Ice Cream - $6.00
  • Seasonal Fruit Kabobs - with Freshly Made Yogurt Dip - $5.00
I hate to pile on, especially since we haven't been to the refurb'd version yet, but...

We have never allowed our kids to be the all-the-time chicken nugget and french fries kids, so I can appreciate trying to get kids to eat new things....but, wow....clearly the person who created this kids menu does not actually have kids. My DD8 would have a really hard time finding a full meal here that would be desirable. And, unfortunately, DD11 (who is the same size as DD8) would be expected to order from the adult menu ($$$$) unless we get an agreeable server, but frankly, she would probably want to, given these kid options. They both enjoy steak and chicken, so as a basic entree, they would be OK with those choices, but carrots and sweet potatoes (with ketchup sauce...???) as the only sides...for both of those entrees? And both are old enough to want something other than the same macaroni or pizza that they could get at any other restaurant on property (although I can appreciate the need for these items to keep some kids happy). I love(d) CG and we'll try the new version for sure, but I may have to bring a second wallet with me, as the kids are definitely going to want to order from the real menu. Maybe my tune will change when we actually get there to try it, but I'd be interested in reviews from families with kids who have eaten there already.
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:09 AM   #1354
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I'll take a spicy kazan roll any day of the week! That might be my favorite food item on property, so I was very glad to see that it stayed on the menu.
This is the entire reason I made a reservation there. As long as I get my Spicy Kazan Roll.. anything extra is just that, extra. You won't hear any complaints from me
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:46 AM   #1355
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This is the entire reason I made a reservation there. As long as I get my Spicy Kazan Roll.. anything extra is just that, extra. You won't hear any complaints from me
How spicy is this Spicy Kazan Roll? Would love to try it but concerned about the level of heat lol
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:48 AM   #1356
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How spicy is this Spicy Kazan Roll? Would love to try it but concerned about the level of heat lol
I would say it's pretty spicy. My level of tolerance for spice is extremely high but this is a different type of spice... it doesn't hit you right away.. kind of a layer type thing. I remember eating about half of it and not able to finish the rest but I took the leftovers back to our resort and enjoyed them later on
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:55 AM   #1357
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I hate to pile on, especially since we haven't been to the refurb'd version yet, but...

We have never allowed our kids to be the all-the-time chicken nugget and french fries kids, so I can appreciate trying to get kids to eat new things....but, wow....clearly the person who created this kids menu does not actually have kids. My DD8 would have a really hard time finding a full meal here that would be desirable. And, unfortunately, DD11 (who is the same size as DD8) would be expected to order from the adult menu ($$$$) unless we get an agreeable server, but frankly, she would probably want to, given these kid options. They both enjoy steak and chicken, so as a basic entree, they would be OK with those choices, but carrots and sweet potatoes (with ketchup sauce...???) as the only sides...for both of those entrees? And both are old enough to want something other than the same macaroni or pizza that they could get at any other restaurant on property (although I can appreciate the need for these items to keep some kids happy). I love(d) CG and we'll try the new version for sure, but I may have to bring a second wallet with me, as the kids are definitely going to want to order from the real menu. Maybe my tune will change when we actually get there to try it, but I'd be interested in reviews from families with kids who have eaten there already.
Your 11-year old can order off the kids menu at the CG .
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:33 AM   #1358
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I hate to pile on, especially since we haven't been to the refurb'd version yet, but...

We have never allowed our kids to be the all-the-time chicken nugget and french fries kids, so I can appreciate trying to get kids to eat new things....but, wow....clearly the person who created this kids menu does not actually have kids. My DD8 would have a really hard time finding a full meal here that would be desirable. And, unfortunately, DD11 (who is the same size as DD8) would be expected to order from the adult menu ($$$$) unless we get an agreeable server, but frankly, she would probably want to, given these kid options. They both enjoy steak and chicken, so as a basic entree, they would be OK with those choices, but carrots and sweet potatoes (with ketchup sauce...???) as the only sides...for both of those entrees? And both are old enough to want something other than the same macaroni or pizza that they could get at any other restaurant on property (although I can appreciate the need for these items to keep some kids happy). I love(d) CG and we'll try the new version for sure, but I may have to bring a second wallet with me, as the kids are definitely going to want to order from the real menu. Maybe my tune will change when we actually get there to try it, but I'd be interested in reviews from families with kids who have eaten there already.
I'm disappointed that the kids mac & cheese went away - CG was the only place on property my kids would eat the macaroni & cheese because they're used to homemade style. But the chicken breast entree was always very good, and you could request they leave off the sauce or serve it on the side if you're concerned with your kids liking it. I'm thinking there should have been a comma there, though... Not "sweet potatoes and ketchup sauce" as a single item but "with carrots, sweet potatoes, and ketchup sauce" as a list of all the accompaniments to the steak/chicken.

Overall the kids' menu still looks pretty good to me, though $18 for a kids meal is a little insane. But I'll admit the bad reviews along with the reports of smaller portions/higher prices are putting a damper on my excitement to try the re-imagined California Grill. I am toying with the idea of leaving it for my January adults-only trip and trying to book the omakase dinner, rather than taking DD5 in December... DD loves sushi, but we could always get that over at Kona or at Kimonos on our Studios day.
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:47 AM   #1359
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our best meals have been while my wife and I each get a small (or split a) salad, then we split two or three apps.
We order ths way a lot, whether at Disney or somewhere else. Usually the apps are more interestign and varied then entrees. I think Marrakesh is great restaurant to go without an entree.
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:53 PM   #1360
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I hate to pile on, especially since we haven't been to the refurb'd version yet, but...

We have never allowed our kids to be the all-the-time chicken nugget and french fries kids, so I can appreciate trying to get kids to eat new things....but, wow....clearly the person who created this kids menu does not actually have kids. My DD8 would have a really hard time finding a full meal here that would be desirable. And, unfortunately, DD11 (who is the same size as DD8) would be expected to order from the adult menu ($$$$) unless we get an agreeable server, but frankly, she would probably want to, given these kid options. They both enjoy steak and chicken, so as a basic entree, they would be OK with those choices, but carrots and sweet potatoes (with ketchup sauce...???) as the only sides...for both of those entrees? And both are old enough to want something other than the same macaroni or pizza that they could get at any other restaurant on property (although I can appreciate the need for these items to keep some kids happy). I love(d) CG and we'll try the new version for sure, but I may have to bring a second wallet with me, as the kids are definitely going to want to order from the real menu. Maybe my tune will change when we actually get there to try it, but I'd be interested in reviews from families with kids who have eaten there already.
We ate there last week. My daughter ordered the kids steak -- it wasn't good -- flavorless and tough. She ended up sharing my filet, which was good, and I had enough to share. She also shared my sushi appetizer, and she liked that a lot. Her carrots were very plain and tasteless as well. The sweet potatoes were somewhat like mashed sweet potatoes, but again, not good -- more chopped than mashed, I guess.

My other daughter liked her pizza. It had full tomato slices on top, which she removed, but it looked good. Our other child got macaroni, and I don't remember much about it. It wasn't a huge hit, but she ate it fine.

Maybe you could share an appetizer and entree or something??

My daughter did love the dessert made to look like sushi from the kids' menu! That was a huge hit!!

All in all, I liked the old Ca Grille menu better. For adults, I thought the sushi was better before, and while the filet was good, I actually thought the filet was better at Le Cellier during our trip. It was worth it to go to CG -- we had a great time, but it used to be a must do for us, and now, I am not sure it would be a must. But it also might improve after they have been opened longer.

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Old 09-19-2013, 01:30 AM   #1361
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Same... we might do something else and just got cocktails/a spicy kazaan roll when the times comes and call it good.
That's my plan! Kazaan rolls and cocktails. Might try full meals on a future trip, but a roll and drink sounds like a perfect meal right now.

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My daughter did love the dessert made to look like sushi from the kids' menu! That was a huge hit!!
That's been one of our favorite's in the past.. so glad to see it still on the menu!
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My daughter did love the dessert made to look like sushi from the kids' menu! That was a huge hit!!
That's my DD's favorite part of the meal! We have even just ordered dessert to go in the past . She usually eats the vegetarian sushi for her entree.

ETA: We'll have to try the Kaazan roll next time since everyone else seems to really like it.
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:56 AM   #1363
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I hate to pile on, especially since we haven't been to the refurb'd version yet, but...

We have never allowed our kids to be the all-the-time chicken nugget and french fries kids, so I can appreciate trying to get kids to eat new things....but, wow....clearly the person who created this kids menu does not actually have kids.
I think this may be a bit too far...there are plenty of kids who have no issues with sweet potatoes and carrots. If they don't like that, the flatbreads, salads and soups are always an option as well.
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Geez some of the reviews have been disappointing.

Being from northern NJ and eating good sushi all the time I wasn't going to get the Kazan roll (seemed very expensive for what it is) but that looks like the only item that people STILL like. For those that are used to high quality sushi-- is the Kazan roll worth ordering?
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I think this may be a bit too far...there are plenty of kids who have no issues with sweet potatoes and carrots. If they don't like that, the flatbreads, salads and soups are always an option as well.
My daughter normally loves sweet potatoes and carrots. These were just tasteless. This sounds kind of dumb, but the carrot really didn't taste like a carrot, just nothing. I understand that they try to make things very plain for children -- no butter, salt, or other seasoning, but it was almost like they cooked out the natural taste of the vegetable.
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