California Grill

May 2015 Trip Review

For her one signature dinner, Emily chose the Contemporary’s California Grill…

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Our meal here began with a cocktail…

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Twisted Mai Tai – Mount Gay Rum, Crème de Noyaux, Orange Juice, and Pineapple Juice with a splash of Lime

I’ve had this drink at California Grill three or four times previously and had always enjoyed it, so I recommended it to Emily. Like me, she also likes sweet, fruity rum drinks. We both gave this one a 5. :thumbsup2

Then we all shared one of their two flatbreads, which change seasonally…

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Since none of my kids like mushrooms or blue cheese (much to my dismay :sad2:), we chose the other one…

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Chili-Coffee Rubbed Pork Flatbread with Washington Red Pear Butter, Pepper Jack Cheese, Pears, and Coffee BBQ Sauce

Allison and I really liked this and rated it 5. I actually thought it was one of the better flatbreads that I’ve had at California Grill. Andrew didn’t enjoy it quite as much as us, but did give this a solid 4. As for Emily, she despises the flavor of coffee so this was doomed to not fare well with her. Therefore, it wasn’t really a big surprise when she rated this only a 2.

Next I’ll show you our entrees, from best to worst rated. The winner entree of this meal was Allison’s…

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Spicy Kazan Roll with Crab, Shrimp, Scallops, Tuna, and Fireball Sauce

She very much enjoyed this sushi roll and gave it a rating of 5.

There was then a tie for runner-up, between Emily’s choice…

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Bell & Evans Chicken served with an Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart, Ramp Pesto, English Peas, Lime Radish, and Chicken Demi-glace

And Andrew’s choice…

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Oak-Fired Filet of Beef served with Local Tomato Risotto, Baby Vine Tomatoes, Petite Basil, and Tomato Butter

Both of these entrees were rated 4. Emily commented that the goat cheese tart which accompanied her chicken was actually a 5 though. As for Andrew’s filet, it was marked down from a 5 to 4 because it was not cooked to the temperature requested. He ordered it medium and said it was a little too rare, so more like medium-rare rather than medium I guess.

As for me, I had the weakest link of the entree round with the…

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California Combination Roll – Jumbo Lump Crab, Avocado, Cucumber, and Shrimp Tempura

I wasn’t really feeling any of the entrees that night so made the “spur of the moment” decision to order sushi. This was an odd choice for me, since I’m not really a big sushi fan. I enjoy a piece or two of a California or Shrimp Tempura roll every now and then but to order an entire entree was not a wise decision. So it wasn’t exactly a surprise when I got pretty bored with this entree after the first couple of pieces were eaten. Consequently I rated the California Combo Roll only a 3, or just Okay.

After viewing the Magic Kingdom fireworks from outside on the observation deck, it was time for dessert.
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When we checked in at the restaurant’s desk downstairs, they had asked me if we were celebrating anything that evening. [Note that this was the only restaurant to do so other than Rainforest Cafe.] Consequently, they brought Emily this complimentary dessert for her graduation…

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Sundae Sampler – Unique and Playful Sundaes with a Nostalgic Twist: Frangelico Toffee, Reverse Root Beer Float, and a Banana Split

And some close-up shots of two of the components…

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Banana Split Sundae
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Frangelico Toffee Sundae

She liked this, especially the reverse root beer float (which was house made cream soda and root beer ice cream). Overall she rated the sampler dessert a 4, but the float got a 5. :thumbsup2

The rest of us shared the dessert which Andrew chose…

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Vanilla Creme Brulee – Rich Vanilla Custard, Caramelized Turbinado Sugar, and Plant City Strawberries

Andrew and I both love creme brulee and thought this was a very good one. Therefore, we both rated this a 5. However, Allison will only eat the custard part of creme brulee, as she dislikes the crispy, burnt sugar on top. What??? Yes that’s right, she likes the creme without the brulee. :confused3 So anyway, she gave this dessert a rating of only 2. But her low rating should be taken with a grain of salt…or in this case, a grain of “burnt” sugar. :laughing:

So overall our dinner at California Grill was a success. The food was for the most part good and the service was great. But one of my favorite things about dining at California Grill is the beautiful view of Cinderella’s castle from 15 floors above.

Whether by day…

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Or by night…

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It is truly a sight to behold! :goodvibes
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