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Abby's Summer Solo Dining Soirée - Completed 8/28!

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Reviews' started by cbg1027, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. hmgray95

    hmgray95 DIS Veteran

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    Hey Abby! I haven't been on the DIS in forever, so I didn't realize that you had started a dining review! I'm loving it so far!!
     
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  3. lsmommy

    lsmommy Earning My Ears

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    Enjoying your reviews, that malt looks delicious!
     
  4. I_heart_Tinkerbell

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    Love your review.

    I am a solo disney traveller and love to read about other's solo dining experiences.

    I ate at VN solo and the waiters were so nice. I found at 50's Prime time that they don't tease as much when solo.

    Really looking forward to the dine with a trainer
     
  5. dizgirl86

    dizgirl86 Earning My Ears

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    Loving your review so far! So glad you posted a review on the Bounty Platter! I've been wondering what that is and now I'm convinced it'll be the perfect breakfast choice for my DBF :cool1:
     
  6. RachaelRol

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    Hi Abby-

    I love your reviews! Now I want to go to Via Napoli. We already have a Mama Melrose- Fanstasmic Package and a Tony's for luch t DS's bequest. We've been to Tutta twice...

    I'm going to try to fit it in even tohughwe go in less than 30 days!
     
  7. cbg1027

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    Those waffles are instant love! They must have Pixie Dust in them!

    I dream about the milkshake!

    Who says you can't have fried chicken for breakfast? :rotfl:

    Thanks for reading!

    Kat that's a great idea! I know they serve the full menu at the bar, so that's a good idea for Karin and Tom!

    Thanks Tanz!

    It was a huge portion! Pretty good value as far as Disney TS restaurants though.

    You're welcome to hi-jack anytime Kat!:thumbsup2

    Welcome aboard!

    Aw thanks! I usually start a new review as soon as I finish an old one. :laughing:

    Thanks!

    Yes, I definitely got the impression at 50's that I didn't get teased b/c I was solo. I'd love to try going with a group sometime!

    FYI, the Bounty Platter varies from resort to resort. I've seen it with French Toast Sticks rather than a Mickey Waffle, and some Bounty Platters don't have either! So make sure you check that it includes everything you want before ordering one.

    Thank you for reading! Definitely try to get to VN, the pizza is a very rare treat!
     
  8. lissawynn

    lissawynn I drink Coke with everything.<br><font color="deep

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    What day did you eat at PTC? If it was Monday, June 6, I may have been the woman with the napkins full of ketchup under her elbows. Our server was Aunt Donna, and she was very into her job.
     
  9. cbg1027

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    It was June 6! I was sitting 2 tables over to your right! Too funny...it's a small world after all, huh? Aunt Donna really was giving your table a hard time, especially you!
     
  10. cbg1027

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    After spending some time relaxing at AKL, I headed over to the GF for my 7:30 Citricos ADR.

    I had to wait about 10 minutes to be seated, but that's the longest wait I've ever had at Citricos.

    I was led to a windowside table overlooking the GF marina. It was nice view and a welcome change from the usual pool view tables I tend to get at Citricos. But then again, the view isn't why I go to Citricos so I didn't care all the much. I thought it was pretty nonetheless.
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    My server James introduced himself quickly and noted the recent menu changes at Citricos. He said the summer menu was focusing more on Spanish influenced dishes.

    I decided to start with a cocktail, the Citricos Bellini, which has peach and raspberry puree in sparkling wine:
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    A very nice summer cocktail - light, refreshing, fruity, and not overly sweet. The raspberry puree had been strained so there were no seeds.

    I got a basket of the house Kalamata Olive and Multigrain Breads, along with Sea Salt Sprinkled Butter:
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    I had read about it since my last visit and knew the Olive bread had replaced my beloved Sun-Dried Tomato bread, but was hoping maybe things had changed back again. The Olive bread was really good though...what I'd really like to see is the Olive and Sundried Tomato bread making up the two kinds. The multigrain is a good bread, I just prefer the other two varieties. The butter was soft and almost at room tempterature. I finished all my Olive bread and had to restrain myself from asking for more so I would have room for my dinner! :rotfl: What can I say, I love my carbs. ;)

    After much deliberation and indecision over what to order (everything sounded so wonderful!) I finally decided on two appetizers.

    For my first course, I had the Artisanal Greens and Peach Salad with Balsamic-Orange Blossom Honey Emulsion, Pickled Red Pearl Onions, Smoked-Spiced Almonds, and Valdeon Blue Cheese:
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    This was a really nice salad. I liked the contrast between the sweet peaches and dressing with the bitter greens, spicy almonds, and tart cheese. It could have used some more peaches, but that's the only slightly negative thing I can say about this salad.

    For an entree, I selected the appetizer dish called Citricos Chefs Tapas Plate - Lamb Albondigas with Mint Yogurt, Fritto Misto with Lemon Aioli, and Olive Oil Poached Snapper with Black Grape and Celery Salad.
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    I'm a sucker for sampler plate, so this was calling my name early on. The Lamb was basically a meatball, but a very tasty, well spiced one that went great with the mint yogurt sauce.
    Fritto Misto is fried mixed vegetables, and this version was really good. The veggies were julienne cut, so you had lots of little strings of cripsy veggies. I think there were mushrooms, red peppers, zucchini, and carrots. The lemon aioli was yummy accompaniment.
    The Snapper was good but not great. The fish was cooked nicely with moist flakly flesh, but there wasn't any real flavor to speak of. The grape and celery salad was fine but didn't really add anything to the dish.

    Me loving my sweets, well I had to have dessert!
    I started off with a Cappuccino, and Citricos has a good one.
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    It's quite a large cup, and I enjoy the sprinkling of cinnamon on top. No Nescrappe here!

    I had almost finished my cappuccino by the time I finally decided what dessert I would go with. There were three old favorites and a new dessert that caught my eye.

    I finally settled on the new dessert, a Tres Leches Cake with Wild Strawberry and Raspberry Coulis, featuring an 8 Year Balsamic Vinegar:
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    This was the star of the evening! The cake was wet but not soggy, if that makes any sense. It was spongy and flavorful. There was a cream on the top of the cake, but from the browning on the tips, I wonder if it was egg based? Whatever it was, it was good. The coulis was tart and bright, and the balsamic flavor really highlighted the berries well. Add on the dark chocolate lace and...I was in dessert heaven!

    Once again Citricos shined for me. Not quite as brightly as my other three visits though. I thought the presentation was lacking a bit on everything except the dessert. James was a great server, and I have no complaints about him, but he wasn't as personable as the other two servers I've had in the past.

    I did appreciate that the manager stopped by table and chatted with me a bit. I told her how much I loved Citricos and mentioned I was planning to come back in late October, so she gave me her card with her office number and told me I could call her directly to make an ADR.

    Citricos remains my favorite signature, and my favorite restaurant at WDW.

    Grade: A
     
  11. TigerKat

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    We love Citricos as well! Is the sampler platter a new item?
     
  12. hmgray95

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    Almost room temp butter at WDW?!? I didn't know such a thing existed!!

    Sounds like a great meal...someday, when my little darlings are finally both old enough to go to the kids clubs, I hope to get to Citricos....
     
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  14. meggiebeth

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    I'm so glad you liked Citricos. :goodvibes
    We're eating there on our upcoming trip and it was one of the restaurants I was unsure about. My family aren't very adventurous eaters and the food looks quite exotic. But to me... it looks delicious! :cloud9:
    We are also eating at Boma for breakfast so look forward to reading about your meal there too! :thumbsup2
     
  15. onelilspark

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    Joining in! Citricos looked wonderful! I just love it there!
     
  16. cbg1027

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    Yes, the tapas plate is new for the summer menu, but they replaced the snapper with a mussel dish. Since the snapper was replaced so quickly, I thinking maybe the seafood selection changes according to what's fresh?

    Ha, I know! I was so pleasantly surprised when I put my knife to the butter and it slid right through so easily.

    The kids will be old enough faster than you want them to be! :rotfl:

    I'm sure Citricos could modify a dish if someone in your family is unsure about it. But I would encourage them to try it as it's served...the flavors go together so perfectly. I hope they like it!

    Boma breakfast is quite good! Thanks for reading!

    Welcome aboard!
     
  17. wdwgirl03

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    Ok, I have to get caught up on this but I noticed your ticker (plus your comment on facebook) and it looks like we will be there at the same time! I'm booked for Oct. 28-31. It'll be a short trip, but a short trip is better than no trip at all!
     
  18. I_heart_Tinkerbell

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    The Tres Leche cake looked so yummy. I am planning a trip end of Sept I may have to try Citrcos. I have never been there.
     
  19. TanzUnited99

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    I'm so glad you enjoyed Citricos and how nice of the manager to stop and chat with you :thumbsup2

    Okay I have to admit I tried my best to skip over the pics (as am unable to eat at the minute) however had to stop at that dessert! Wow that is amazing! :lovestruc Almost makes me regret not making an ADR at this place but there's always next time, right? ;)
     
  20. cbg1027

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    One of the things I love about staying at a Deluxe resort is that you don't have to go far for a TS breakfast! If you get in at 7:30 when most places open, it's possible to still make RD after a TS breakfast.

    So I decided to try my luck with a walk up at Boma. I went right when they opened at 7:30 and they asked me to wait, but my rear had barely touched the bench before my buzzer went off and I was lead to a table by the window in the nearly empty restaurant.

    My server, Laura H., was very pleasant and chatty with me. I ordered the special Boma juice (Orange, Mango, Passion Fruit I think?) and some water and Laura kept them filled at all times. I would request her next time I return to Boma.

    Unfortunately, I have broken the 1st commandment of food porn and forget to take photos! :sad2:

    But lucky for me, and anyone reading this, Boma is a buffet so the food hasn't really changed since my last visit. So for visual aids, I'll direct you to my previous Boma breakfast review: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=41606450#post41606450

    I had the exact same foods as before so there's not much to review here, but I will tell you that last time I rated Boma a B. I'm upgrading them to a A- with this most recent visit. Going right at opening time resulted in really fresh, and hot where appropriate, food. This made the flavors sing better in my mouth and I really enjoyed my meal that morning.

    Sorry for the dinky little pictureless review, I'll be back with a 'normal' one of Yak n Yeti for the next entry!
     
  21. DonaldDoleWhip

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    Great review :)

    The food at Boma breakfast looks great, especially the goat cheese and chive eggs. We need to plan a stay at AKL sometime, because otherwise I just couldn't motivate myself to get there early in the morning :rotfl:
     

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