Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Restaurants
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 08-26-2013, 03:28 PM   #46
elfbo
DIS Veteran
 
elfbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Iola, KS
Posts: 562

Im glad Im not the only one who's a bit disappointing with the menu changes. The appetizers look very ugh compared to before (those flat bread flavors are NOT to my taste), but the desserts look awesome. The entrees all come with sides that I dont like at all.

DH still wants to eat there though, so I will be hoping they can substitute for something im actually willing to eat.

Wonder if they would let me order from the kids menu. The sides there are much more to my liking lol. Id love crushed sweet potatoes and a fruit kebab instead of tomato anything.
__________________



POR - Jan 2013!!! (1st Anniversary)
All Stars Movies - Jan 2012 (Wedding!!!)
POFQ - Sep 2004, POR - Sep 2003, WDW - 1996, WDW - 1992, Disneyland - 1984

Last edited by elfbo; 08-26-2013 at 03:39 PM.
elfbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2013, 04:06 PM   #47
tarheelmjfan
Proud Redhead
Does anyone have any more secrets to add?
 
tarheelmjfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Florida
Posts: 8,001

It's funny how tastes vary so much. Personally, I think the appetizers & entrées look great. The desserts are disappointing to me. When I saw them, my first thought was Carnival food. DH & I always share 2 desserts. I'll have a hard time choosing two that actually sound good to me. The lemon cheesecake is the only one that really looks good to me. I'm with the poster who doesn't think Nutella sounds upscale in the least. I haven't enjoyed a Coke float, since I was in my teens. Maybe, I'm just too old to find the desserts interesting. I prefer high quality decadence over cute & trendy.
__________________
(\__/)
(='.'=)
(USO)
(")_(")


tarheelmjfan is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 08-26-2013, 04:11 PM   #48
TinkerBelle_325
The Disney Foodie and a Polynesian Obsessive!
 
TinkerBelle_325's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Toronto, Ontario CANADA
Posts: 3,840

Quote:
Originally Posted by tarheelmjfan View Post
It's funny how tastes vary so much. Personally, I think the appetizers & entrées look great. The desserts are disappointing to me. When I saw them, my first thought was Carnival food. DH & I always share 2 desserts. I'll have a hard time choosing two that actually sound good to me. The lemon cheesecake is the only one that really looks good to me. I'm with the poster who doesn't think Nutella sounds upscale in the least. I haven't enjoyed a Coke float, since I was in my teens. Maybe, I'm just too old to find the desserts interesting. I prefer high quality decadence over cute & trendy.
Too funny. I thought Carnival Food as well when I saw the desserts but I thought it was playful and in purpose. We don't yet know that they won't be decadent. We really don't know much of anything about the menu yet lol.

Menus often read differently than they taste. I find myself loving a description of something and then not loving the dish. Or thinking some combination sounds odd and then wanting to lick my plate clean!

I think it is safe to say that Chef Brian and the CG team have extensively tested the menu. I am excited to see how it translates from page to plate!
__________________
Past Trips to the World....CSR (18) CBR (8) POLY (5) WL (4) BC (3) YC (2) AKL (1) BWI (1) POR (1) Offsite (4)
Upcoming...Oct 2014 - CSR
Twitter:@thedisneyfoodie and Instagram: TheDisneyFoodie
CURRENT DINING REPORT: ~First we eat, then we do everything else! May 2014~
CURRENT TR: ~Without knowing why, they always say "We must go!" May 2014~
TinkerBelle_325 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2013, 04:26 PM   #49
tarheelmjfan
Proud Redhead
Does anyone have any more secrets to add?
 
tarheelmjfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Florida
Posts: 8,001

Quote:
Originally Posted by TinkerBelle_325 View Post
Too funny. I thought Carnival Food as well when I saw the desserts but I thought it was playful and in purpose. We don't yet know that they won't be decadent. We really don't know much of anything about the menu yet lol.

Menus often read differently than they taste. I find myself loving a description of something and then not loving the dish. Or thinking some combination sounds odd and then wanting to lick my plate clean!

I think it is safe to say that Chef Brian and the CG team have extensively tested the menu. I am excited to see how it translates from page to plate!
That's true. I'm looking forward to reading reviews on the desserts. I just don't know how some things on that menu could possibly be prepared to become an upscale, decadent dessert. Most of it looks like it would be a better fit for a kid's menu to me. I'm hoping they perform magic & prove me wrong.

ETA: As far as it being playful & on purpose. I agree with you. I just don't go to nice restaurants looking for playful desserts. Those can be found at many less expensive restaurants. My desserts don't need to be whimsical. They need to be delicious & made of high quality ingredients.
__________________
(\__/)
(='.'=)
(USO)
(")_(")


tarheelmjfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2013, 05:47 PM   #50
SpectroMagic*o*
Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas
 
SpectroMagic*o*'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New York
Posts: 2,355

I know the old Cali Grill used to serve the kids Goldfish as a snack which I just thought was so warm and welcoming for kids to feel comfortable in an upscale place. I hope they keep those small little special extras going
__________________
Me(33) DH(32)DD(5) DS(1.5)

SpectroMagic*o* is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2013, 06:48 PM   #51
Gregowa
Mouseketeer
 
Gregowa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 105

After seeing the new menu, it will be interesting to see the reviews of the food in the coming weeks. I too am disappointed that the Valhonna chocolate cake is gone - it was wonderful! The menu as posted seems to be a bit diminished. Hopefully the actual menu has some more choices or there will be some special dishes daily not ordinarily on the menu. There is always a period of "settling in" anytime there is change and I hope by the time we go in Dec that the kinks with the menu will have leveled out. Anyway, I'm looking forward to giving it a try. We loved CG prior to the renovation and I truly hope they haven't strayed to far and remain a favorite.
__________________
SEE YA REAL SOON!!
Gregowa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2013, 08:02 PM   #52
MIKE101067
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
Posts: 31

When I go to a restaurant, especially a higher end one like Cali, one of the things I look for is a chef who will put together a menu that I wouldn't have thought of. As much as I think of myself as a good "home" cook I love having my mind blown by a combination of ingredients that at first seems crazy but I trust the professional knows what he or she is doing as he takes me on a culinary adventure. As for the tomatoes, this is a seasonal menu and it is TOMATO SEASON. Want a steak? Flick on the webber. Ore Ida makes some decent fries too. Save yourself $50 (and the adventure).
MIKE101067 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2013, 08:36 PM   #53
CaliforniaDreaming
#1 Grand Floridian Fan/Expert
 
CaliforniaDreaming's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 9,695

I'm excited about the Three Meat Meatballs and the Pork Belly Nigiri. Also glad to see the Crispy Rock Shrimp Salad and the Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli still on the menu.

As far as entrees, I'm mixed. The Pork Two Ways is the only thing that sticks out that I'd like to try. Since I'll be there next month, I think there is little chance on a variation from all the tomatoes.

Desserts, I'm less impressed. The Homemade Fritters sound good, but otherwise, I'd probably go with the Cheese Board.
__________________
Cali-D
CaliforniaDreaming is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2013, 09:13 PM   #54
si-am
DIS Veteran
 
si-am's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,565

What? No sushi "sampler" platter anymore? I always used to order that. I just can't get behind the idea of paying $30 for one sushi roll.

Not sure I will be eating here during next year's trip unless something changes.
__________________
ºOº
si-am is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2013, 09:59 PM   #55
distravel
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 34

I am also hoping there are more tempting seasonal items during our visit in November. How can they replace the delicious high quality Valrhona chocolate cake with a cake filled with nutella, a product that is mainly palm oil and sugar? The Valrhona molten cake was one of my all time favorite desserts.
distravel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2013, 10:08 PM   #56
Ofinn
DIS Veteran
 
Ofinn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 1,039

I'm sorry to see they scaled back on the flat bread appetizers. The entrees and desserts look good, but nothing really looks that exciting.
__________________
Ofinn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2013, 11:54 PM   #57
btk2333
DIS Veteran
 
btk2333's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Iowa
Posts: 753

Menu looks great - not much on the dessert part that I'd be excited about- probably would just get the cheese plate or skip dessert- entrees and appetizers are gonna be hard to pick though- can't wait for November!!!
btk2333 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2013, 06:38 AM   #58
alldiz
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Long Island
Posts: 6,776

just booked my ressie for dec 26th

My DD is such a pain
Does anyone know if they used to serve french fries for the kids....I'm hoping they do.
Thanks
Kerri
__________________
1978-offsite 1st visit, 1982, 1992 offsite, May 2006- 1st family trip Wilderness Lodge, Nov 2006 Wilderness Lodge, Jan 07- POFQ and POP, May 2007- SSR 1st DVC trip Aug 2007- YC, BCV...and POFQ free diningApril 2008-BWV,and OKW Oct 2008-BWV and WLV 1st trip "home", Nov/Dec 2009- WLV and DCL April 2011- BCV, Carnival Cruise,AKV(Kidani), BLT.... Aug/Sept 2011-OKW, and BWVMarch/April 2013-SSR May 2013-BWV and BCV June/July 2013-Carnival Cruise and WLV Dec/Jan 2013/14 -AKV Jambo, Carnival Cruise, WLV
alldiz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2013, 07:08 AM   #59
Kimosabe
DIS Veteran
 
Kimosabe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NC
Posts: 673

Must admit that, knowing what the prior menu looked like, I was not terribly excited when first reviewing the new one. I had a terrible time trying to decide which of the prior appetizers to order and always hoped I could convince my wife or kids to order my alternative choices! Then I would order sushi as an entree and forego the true entrees. Now I'm having trouble deciding whether I should just skip the appetizers altogether (none looking particularly appealing at the moment), but get sushi as appetizer and go all-out with a real entree.

Either way, it's definitely a first world type of problem, and I'm just happy to be able to enjoy it. If looking at the new menu without benefit of hindsight, it would look pretty awesome. I suspect it will continue to evolve over time, and the restaurant will be great overall.

For a prior poster who lamented a $30 sushi roll, my recollection is that this is not your standard sushi bar. One of my favorite all-time favorite plates at WDW is the spicy kazan roll here (and thrilled that it's still there). It could easily be considered a full entree unto itself, so do not despair if you're hoping for plenty to eat, even if just focusing on the sushi menu.
__________________
Me (43) DW (39-ish) DD12 DD9
Kimosabe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2013, 08:13 AM   #60
ciera321
DIS Veteran
 
ciera321's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
Posts: 4,212

Quote:
Originally Posted by aidansmom View Post
I think the menu looks pretty good and, like a previous poster said, very seaonal (which I think is great). Bit of a silly question, but . . . dh and I are going for our "date night" without the kids - would we be able to order the kids sushi dessert to bring back to the room for them?
I would guess that they would be happy to send a kid's dessert back for our kiddos!
__________________
RobinTim Alex RyanPixieWinnieAKL02*10 BC06 CBR96 CR89*97*07*08 CSR99*04*09*12*14 Poly08 POR05 WL04*06 POP11*14 FQ13

ciera321 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:40 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.