Well gang I was phoned this afternoon and told I was invited to go have a sneak peek Dinner at the newly refurbished Blue Bayou Restaurant at the Disneyland Resort. After fighting rush hour traffic Dustysage and I raced to New Orleans Square and were 10 minutes late.
I was very excited to see the new, upgraded menu and curious how the pricing had changed. My tastebuds tingled as I caught the first whiffs of the familiar smell of the strangely appealing "Pirates air" mingled with the smell of food. Certainly this would be a meal to remember with Ouimets claims that this would be the finest restaurant in any Disney park.
Because we had Crazylegs (wheelchair) with us we were escorted up the exit tunnel of Pirates to enter the main dining area. This afforded us a sneak peak at the load/unload dock still under refurb.
We were seated and handed our souvenier menus. Souvenier menus from a Fine dining establishment? Okay... The menu isn't so much improved as it is streamilined. There are fewer options than before. You are given the choice of two appetizers, Crab cakes or Jumbo Shrimp Remoulade. Upon arrival the waiter informed us the kitchen was out of crab cakes. No problem. We ordered our drinks and the waiter, promptly left to get them.
Dustysage and Bill
Looking over the Entrees we were offered 10 options:
Short Ribs 26.99
Seafood Jumbalya 25.99
Alaskan King Crab Legs 34.99
Five pepper Roasted Prime rib of Beef 29.99
Filet Mignon 33.99
Port Royal Mahi Mahi 27.99
Tesora Island Chicken 24.99
Portebello Mushroom and Couscous Maque Choux 24.99
Molasses Brined Bayou Pork Chop 25.99
Cajun Spiced Salmon 26.99
All Entress were offered with a choice of Cajun inspired wedge salad or New orleans gumbo and two of the following: Blue Bayou potatoes, seasonal veggies, or spinach.
The waiter came and informed us that they were out of the Mahi Mahi and the Filet Mignon. I chose The Molasses Brined Pork Chop and was not given the option to choose my sides. When asked, I chose the Cajun inspired wedge salad as my starter.
After consuming two of the rolls offered when we sat down our "Salad" arrived.
It seemed as if the salad consisted of leftovers from the condiment bar over at Taste Pilots Grill.
The salad was a slice of tomato, bits of sausage, an avacado wedge, a colorless wedge of iceberg lettuce and a flavorless dressing.
The entrees arrived and the meal took a turn for the better.
The pork was very very tasty and as opposed to the portion that Crazylegs received, mine was a very lean cut. The dish came with white asparagus and Bayou potatoes (See escalloped). The meal was small in size but big on flavor.
This is a very compressed review, but I will say this. The Blue Bayou looks WONDERFUL and sounds just as good. The menu leaves a bit to be desired. The prices are a bit higher and the portions have been scaled down. This plays into the whole notion of being a higher end, fine dining, restaurant conveniently, but I am not sure it will play well with American audiences.
Overall, it's nice to have the bayou back though there are still some kinks to be worked out.
Oh, and DON'T ORDER THE SALAD!!!