Bluezoo--Best meal...EVER!!!!

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  1. Grace&Carolinesmom

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    I just had to share. DH and I had date night Apr 18 and I had heard great things about Bluezoo so that is where we ate. I made ressies for 7pm. We arrived around 6:15 and had a drink at the bar. We decided to go ahead and be seated at 6:30 since they were not busy and the air smelled delicious.

    We had a wonderful waiter named Dustin. Very attentive and cordial without being overbearing or pretentious. Great personality. We asked several questions and after some thought decided to order the chef's tasting menu with the sommelier pairings. We had never done this before in a restaurant but always wanted to try so this was the night. I am an adventurous eater and will eat most anything (except caraway, orange peel, rhutabega, and anything that tastes like black licorice--ick!) DH is a picky eater so he was going out on a limb here.

    The food and wine pairings were incredible. Below is the menu as copied from our take-home autographed copy with my thoughts. The dessert items were not listed on the menu so you will just have to deal with my amateur desriptions--HA!

    Amuse: sous vide alaskan halibut with chef's garden asparagus, cauliflower, FORVM glazed pearl onion
    Incredible. Fish was very delicate and almost sweet. the cauliflower was pureed so creamy it was like whipped butter. asparagus was just tiny wisps of green floating on the whipped cauliflower. the pearl onions were a burst of flavor akin to the taste of a fabulous bowl of french onion soup.Also had a tiny baby carrot that was crispy fun to eat.
    Wine pairing: "fair play" viognier, lodi, 2009 It was crisp and fruity. perfect with the amuse


    1st Course: tartare of yellowfin tuna....miso caviar, cucumber, scallion cream, nitro aioli m2
    This was our favorite course. The tuna was so delicate and flavorful with the pearls of miso and the sweet spicy nitro aioli(spooned on at the table with all the dry ice billowing around the plate, very dramatic) and the earthyness of the scallion cream. OMG--not on the menu but it was also served with a small pork cracklin--total nirvana. I thought DH was going to lick the plate but stopped only because of the social stigma...
    Same wine pairing as above. Another perfect pairing


    2nd Course: monkfish...with sea island peas, stinging nettles, french round carrots arcadian
    This dish tasted very homey and southern. The sea island peas and nettles reminded me of southern field peas and snaps made "goumet". so soothing and satisfying. The monkfish was thick but a great combo of resiliant(sp?) and buttery flesh.
    Wine pairing: "sleepy hollow" chardonnay, central coast, 2005. Very nice chardonnay with some spice but not too oaky.


    3rd course: Wagyu duo...tenderloin, short rib torchon, baby turnip, pickled beet puree, ramps
    WOW...this was our second favorite course. The short rib torchon was very satisfying and had a homey quality that I couldn't quite put my finger on. It was melt-in-your-mouth soft with a subtle herb undertone. The tenderloin was like beef butter and combined with the beet puree which had a touch of balsamic for bite--made for a party in my mouth. We LOL looking at our plates at the end of the course because the smeared beet puree from the frenzy of mopping each tasty morsel of tenderloin left a deep red splattering that could have been tagged evidence from a scene on CSI. The turnip was sweet, yet earthy and just a gentle flavor across the palate.
    Wine Pairing: "bin 28" shiraz, south australia, 2006. i have to say, we sipped the wine before the beef arrived and we both thought it might be too intense with the course but of course, we were wrong. it again was...perfect pairing. Those wine guys REALLY know their stuff:thumbsup2


    Dessert: trio of desserts created by 2 time world pastry champion Laurent Branlard
    OK--There were 3 items-one of which I could not eat as I have a food intolerance to egg yolks in high concentration so the chef prepared me something special for the 3rd item. We each had a chocolate and rasberry dessert that was fab. it was a dark chocolate and there was rasberry sauce and fresh rasberry. very good. DH had a molton chocolate cake that he said was heavenly. Coming from a guy who usually eats chips ahoy floating in a bowl of milk--this is a huge complement! I had a chocolate and peanut layered dessert. The bottom was a dark chocolate type mouse with a layer of panut butter type mouse and topped with a peanuty type carmelized, lacey, crispy layer. Yummers! our fav was something I think they called an orange dream? it was an orange pavlova with a vanilla bean ice cream topped with an orange sauce and fresh sections of orange and grapefruit. Crazy good.
    Wine pairing: meeker, fro zin, mendicino county, 2003. honestly, I don't remember the details of this wine other than it went great with dessert. it was a little sweet but again...perfect pairing.


    I hope everyone enjoyed my review. Sorry no food porn pics but I am lazy and never take my camera anywhere that I actually would WANT a picture. I only remember to take pics on the last day about 2 hours before bedtime. Anywho...Bluezoo has to be the best kept secret at WDW. I can't believe more people aren't flocking to this place. The food is outstanding. Nothing better than a first class meal without having to wear a dress or suit. Love to be eating fine in comfortable clothes:cool1: Any questions, please ask.
     
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  3. TigerKat

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    Blue zoo is one of our favorite places! I had no idea they offered a tasting menu, now I'm re-thinking our dining plans for October!:rotfl:
     
  4. tluvstink

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    Great review:thumbsup2 Thanks for posting!

    Terri
     
  5. John's Mom

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    Thanks for your review. :goodvibes My DD and I had dinner at the Blue Zoo in December. It was the best meal of our trip. :love:
     
  6. prttynpnk

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    That menu has me all aquiver! We must eeat there now!
     
  7. christinou

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    Wow what a great menu, do you know if everyone at the table need to order the tasting menu. I would love to go there this summer with DH and our kids my 13 year old is not as adventurous and might not want that.
     
  8. Grace&Carolinesmom

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    No. The tasting menu was ordered and priced individually. Dh and I both ordered because we have always wanted to order such a meal. You also do not have to order the sommerlier wine pairings. It is seperate as well.

    The waiter said the tasting menu was relatively new. Said they started it about 5 weeks ago. I am sure it changes from day-to-day as to the offerings based on what is fresh. It was so amazing. A meal we will never forget. I am putting the menu in our photo album of the trip for a keepsake.

    OMG....everytime I look at the menu I get hungry:love:
     
  9. cseca

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    Great review!
    Just wondering, did you remember seeing mini peoples in there (as in kiddies? :) ).
    I would love to try BZ but worried that our family with my 1yo might be way out of place. But you mentioned not wearing fancy attire, so I'm curious if families were there as well.

    Thanks for the review!
     
  10. Grace&Carolinesmom

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    There were maybe 2 or 3 families with small children but the rest were all adults or families with children who were high school/college age. The vibe was more adult especially as the night progressed. If taking a small child, I would suggest going early around 5 or 5:30pm for dinner when it is less busy. The place started hopping around 8 or 8:30pm.
     
  11. Joshua_me

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    Love it !

    "bluezoo" is one of our favorites as well... The "sticky" Cantonese lobster is like heaven on a plate. :cloud9:

    In fact, since the "curse" of the DDP, IMO all the best restaurants on property are at The Dolphin.

    Shula's for steaks

    bluezoo for seafood

    and

    The Fountain for burgers, flatbreads and even really good chicken soup !

    Thanks for the review ! :goodvibes
     
  12. Uncleromulus

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    And the best Italian is at the Swan--Il Mulino!!

    Excellent review. I'l lbe doing one myself as we ate at Blue Zoo just last week. It's now one of the restaurants we always visit each and every WDW trip.
     
  13. Leota

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    We're big BlueZoo lovers too. It's a must do at least once a trip & has been since it opened. I can't wait to do the tasting menu! What a great addition!

    Thanks for the detailed review. It had me drooling in anticipation of our October trip.
     
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    I'm a big fan of Todd English's bluezoo™, except when Todd English is there to cook for an event. :rotfl2: (Food and Wine 2009, Dead Sea Pasta. It's infamous now.)

    I now want to go to all the Swolphin restaurants and a stint at Kimono's for some sushi, as well.
     
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    Amanda, thanks for the detailed review. Had drinks there on 4-25, but our first Bluezoo dinner will be Halloween Eve, for our anniversary. Look forward to trying the tasting menu. Thanks again!!
     
  16. Grace&Carolinesmom

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    Yay!! I look forward to reading your review on bluezoo. We didn't really consider Il Mulino because we have been going to Portofino when we leave WDW and they have incredible italian food there. If we ever change things up and don't go to PBH, we will definitely try Il Mulino too:thumbsup2 Bluezoo will be a must-do(that rhymes-ha!) every WDW vacation now and it sets a new benchmark for every restaurant in and out of the world for us. Our friends know how picky DH is and still can't believe he ate everything on that tasting menu and LOVED it:goodvibes
     
  17. TigerKat

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    We did PBH (Mama Della's) & Il Mulino on our last trip. Il Mulino get's our first place vote but only by a hair!:thumbsup2
     
  18. Grace&Carolinesmom

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    We have never eaten at Mama Della's..per say. We usually have room service or Trattoria...although room service is made in the same kitchen as both of them. Delish. And--the best room service both food quality and service/set-up of anywhere we have stayed. One day we want to try Bice too but i am not sure our wallets could do both Bluezoo and Bice in the same vacation:rotfl:
     

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