Cat Cora and Kouzzina

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by Scarletyoshi, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. Scarletyoshi

    Scarletyoshi Earning My Ears

    Jun 22, 2011
    Hi all. It's getting closer and closer to the time to make our ADRs and I'm still all over the place. One restaurant that I'd really like to try is Kouzzina because I'm a huge fan of Cat Cora. I'm interested in anyone's general opinions but there's one thing I'm specifically curious about: How often is Cat actually there? I'd love it if there was even a snowball's chance in Maleficent's Steam Room that we could meet her, but with all the things she has going on I can't imagine she spends much time cooking for tourists. :p Is she a regular presence or is it more of a special occasion kind of thing?

    Thanks all.
  2. Tropical Wilds

    Tropical Wilds The Command considers us a bunch of losers.

    Mar 17, 2008
    Absolutely less than zero.

    She is the operator of the restaurant, not the chef. It means that she may or may not have had varying levels of input into everything from design to the menu, nothing more. In some celebrity operated establishments, their name simply graces the door and the menu is inspired by their general cooking style, and that's the whole of their involvement. At Kouzzina, she is not the chef-in-residence, nor has she ever been the chef-in-residence.

    Considering for at last the least 2 years, Kat Kora hasn't even been able to maintain her scheduled engagements for the Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT, the chance of seeing her at Disney on her own in her restaurant is virtually nothing. The only time I ever saw mention of her being there was at the grand opening and she was spotted dining there in 2009 with her family after her speech at the Food and Wine Fest, shortly after it opened. Even then, she was not a chef, she was the diner, and she was in a private section.
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  4. papertraveller

    papertraveller DIS Veteran

    Feb 14, 2009
    I can't speak to the presence of the celebrity chef herself, but we so love this restaurant. I just finished making ADRs for our new year visit and Kouzzina was on the top of the list for the family. DD and I are drooling at the thought of the cinnamon chicken. As I recall, we had the sampler and everything was sensational.
    But what DD still talks about is the olive oil in the appetizer -- three different kinds that we dipped our bread in. Oh, and DD was 11!
    Book it! You won't' regret it.
  5. mommommom

    mommommom Mouseketeer

    Jul 15, 2011
    Our waitress told me that Cat Cora comes by every few months, but isn't there much. That said, go there! It was my family's favorite restaurant (that includes my son, 11 at the time). The food was amazing. My son and I both ordered a pork tenderloin dish that I would highly recommend, and my husband got a fish stew at the recommendation of our waitress. I was skeptical, but it really was delicious. We ordered a dessert too. Everything was great. I would love to go back.
  6. Scarletyoshi

    Scarletyoshi Earning My Ears

    Jun 22, 2011
    :rotfl: I figured that might be the case.

    I usually avoid chicken when I eat out, but it does seem delicious! I'm oscillating between the Fisherman's Stew and the Kouzzina Trio. I think you might have pushed me over to the chicken side, ;)

    Ahhh, now I want the stew again! Maybe I'll just have to get both, :lmao:

    It looks like I'm definitely headed to Kouzzina, even if Cat wont be there! Maybe there's some bad blood between her and a certain mouse.
  7. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Seeing isn't Believing, Believing is Seeing.

    Aug 8, 2000
    1) Cat Cora does nto visit often.
    2) And, probably doesn't care about the place that much.
    3) This based upon the food, service and ambience.
    4) Good palce for breakfast, but pas it by for other meals.


    Our Ratings of Kouzzina (dinner): (rev 4/5/2012)
    . . . food price value: C
    . . . food quality: D
    . . . food quantity per serving: B
    . . . food prep speed: C
    . . . food selection: C
    . . . seating quantity: B
    . . . seating comfort: C
    . . . eatery atmosphere: D
    . . . eatery convenience: C
    . . . staff friendliness: B
    . . . staff attentiveness: D
    . . . character interaction: n/a

    NOTE: The food, although named "Greek" resembled Greek in
    name only. Very, very Americanized. My $32-steak was dry and her
    $27-lamb was overcooked. Both had to be sent back to the kitchen.
    The daughter had the sampler. Pretty small, 6-7 bites for the three
    items. Poor room design makes for terrible acoustics, making it
    one of the noisiest eateries in WDW - worse than Chef Mickey’s on
    a bad day. As many people have offered, the service is VERY
    spotty. We waited 19-minutes to see the waiter AFTER being
    seated (5:54pm-6:13pm).

    (I guess when you get to be a famous chef, you don't care about your
    restaurant, as long as the bucks flow in - or it seems that way.)
  8. kathie859

    kathie859 DIS Veteran

    Jul 19, 2005
    Not much of a chance to see her-BUT I bought a signed copy of one of her cookbooks there:rotfl2:

    The fisherman's stew is simply marvelous! We enjoy Kouzzina very much and agree that the breakfast is one of the best on property.:thumbsup2
  9. disneynutz

    disneynutz DIS Veteran DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Dec 11, 2006
    Kouzzina is owned and operated by Disney with Cat consulting on the menu.

    :earsboy: Bill
  10. owl0306

    owl0306 Mouseketeer

    May 12, 2012
    best meals we had in disney were at Kouzzina's! loved breakfast and dinner! We stayed at yacht for 5 nights and ate at Kouzzina's 3 times
  11. Mcert01

    Mcert01 Mouseketeer

    Mar 1, 2003
    The whole family loves it!

    I had the trio last year and loved it! The cinnamon stewed chicken is crazy good, as is the Greek Lasagna. The lamb burger was excellent as well. The reason I got the trio is that I couldn't make up my mind, so I figured 3 is better than 1! :rotfl:

    Regardless if Cat Kora is there, they are her recipes, and the chef is preparing them does so extremely well.

    This one gets a two thumbs up. :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2
  12. Scarletyoshi

    Scarletyoshi Earning My Ears

    Jun 22, 2011
    Wow, that breakfast menu does look pretty tasty. I think I'm gonna have to fin a way to get out there for breakfast too.
  13. resablue

    resablue Earning My Ears

    Jul 28, 2012
    I agree...I hated this restaurant. We ordered the calamari it was not good. the ribeye was fatty and bland. I know I could make a tastier meal with a cut of meat bought at stop and shop. The cheese cake was not good it was lumpy. I can't believe some of these raving reviews. The prices are out of control. This was so disappointing. Also, the coffee frappe had about 10 ounces of actual drink, the rest was ice and air with of course no refill...
  14. amyy

    amyy <font color=royalblue> I do pat them out on a flou

    Aug 5, 2003
    You may want to treat your self and try the chef's menu at night. Just looked at our menu and that is what it says on it. One thing I really liked about Chef Dee is that she made me a separate menu since I didn't like the choices offered. I am a picky eater. It is very reasonably priced and we were very pleased with everything. Also love breakfast here.

    Here are a few pictures. I see a few of us agree about the breakfast so I added a few photos. It is for everyone and luckily Disney has tons of restaurants to pick from. And yes, I am one of those who takes pictures of everything including a bowl of oatmeal :)



  15. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Seeing isn't Believing, Believing is Seeing.

    Aug 8, 2000
    1) Actually, Kouzzina DOES NOT have a Chef's Table.
    2) They have a catering room
    . . . near the exit
    . . . far away from the kitchen
    3) It is a prepared meal, not at all like a chef's meal, that is why it is cheap.
    . . . age 10 and above
    . . . up to 24 people
    . . . preselected 5-course meal
    . . . Friday and Saturday Evening at 6:30pm, only
    4) The pre-fixe dinner
    . . . same price adult or child
    . . . Adult: $73.49, Child: $73.49 (after tax, before tip)

    Appetizers - Mezze Tasting Plate:
    . . . House-made Ricotta with Lemon-Mint Chutney
    . . . Rabbit Sausage with Mavrodaphne-Onion Relish
    . . . Duck Confit with Gigantes Purée and Quince Jam
    . . . Prosciutto-wrapped Gooseberry Cove Cod with Spiced Squash Purée, and Florida Cape Shrimp Saganaki
    . . . Lavender Mustard Lamb Loin with Cipollini Stifado, Toasted Orzo, and Chanterelles
    . . . Salates (Appetizers) : Baby Greens, Endive, Heirloom Cherry Tomato, Aged Feta, and Glazed Beets with Aged Sherry Vinaigrette
    . . . Soupa (Soup): Crimson Lentil Apple and Greek Loukanika with Hummus-Yogurt Garnish
    . . . House-made Loukoumades,
    . . . Vanilla-Rose Gelato,
    . . . Mini Budino,
    . . . Goat’s Milk Yogurt,
    . . . Sour Cherry Spoon Sweets, and
    . . . Halva
  16. Ro Z

    Ro Z DIS Veteran

    May 22, 2010
    We stay at BWV a lot but Kouzzina didn't interest us. BUT our favorite server from POR River Roost, Hollie, has moved over to Kouzzina and I made a breakfast ressie as soon as I found out! :goodvibes
  17. staceyeileen

    staceyeileen DIS Veteran

    Jan 18, 2009
    We loved Kouzzina on our last trip! The reviews for this place seem to be all over the map which is strange to me. I had the fisherman's stew and it was probably the best thing I ate the whole trip.
  18. mickeymyfavorite

    mickeymyfavorite DIS Veteran

    Jun 30, 2007
    It was the best meal we had during our last trip! Food was yummy!!!!:thumbsup2
  19. partigus

    partigus Mouseketeer

    Dec 19, 2012
    Agree on a great breakfast- my favorite in the World (Dw that is)...Got one booked for this year and already flip flopping between the Stacked Kouzinna Breakfast, and the Skillet....might just have to figure out a way to slide in a second visit!
  20. CalSea12

    CalSea12 Desperately needs a dose of the magic!

    Jun 4, 2011
    I really like the food here, I usually get the trio and love it, especially the lamb burger. It is not what I consider real Greek food, but then again my gma was 100 percent Greek, from Greece and her food was amazing....

    I would totally go, and in fact I go once every visit.
  21. Scarletyoshi

    Scarletyoshi Earning My Ears

    Jun 22, 2011
    Ahh! This is a blast from the past! It seems like yesterday I was just looking forward to making ADRs, now I'm 3 days out. I'm still moving my ADR's around lol, but I think I'm settled on trying it out for breakfast. On vacation (actually at home too), I usually skip breakfast so I'm going to make an effort to change that.

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