My first post here...and it's about food...bad sign, I think.
In any case, my wife and I found ourselves at Disneyland this past Tuesday (this seems to be happening more and more often...like this coming Sunday) arrived at the park at 2:30, and, to our surprise, it was incredibly crowded. If I'm not mistaken, that was Mardi Gras, though I don't think Disneyland did anything to celebrate (unless I didn't hang out in NOS long enough?). Still, we had a wonderfully enjoyable day, managing to actually fit in 8 'rides'...which seems to be our number for a 'satisfying day'.
When we first arrived, I ran over to the Napa Rose to see if they had any room in the evening. We were in luck, as they were able to slip us into the last available reservation they had. And what luck it was. Simply put, this was the (second) most incredible meal we've had at the park, and rates up there with our best meals of all time. The service was second to none (our waiter definintely understood food, and accomodated a few special requests), the wine was superb (though I admit, we sinned by ordering a french label), and the cocktails were excellent...but it was the food that was the highlight. Specifically, the lamb chops. I understand they have a very seasonal menu...I urge you, if you can find an excuse, get yourself there before the season is over and order the lamb, chops only, as on the menu it is "Lamb Two Ways (the other way, Osso Buco, was good, but not nearly the magic that were the chops).
The rest of the meal was of the same caliber. My wife had the mushroom bisque, which was (shockingly) NOT laden with cream. Finally a chef that understands that cream should only be used in a bisque as a binder. My game bird cassiolet was as delicate as one could wish for, with each morsel being allowed to bring its own flavor.
I really was stunned, as I truly did not expect that level of quality from a restaurant on a Disney property. Above I note that this is one of the best fine dining experiences I've had, which I believe to be no small praise as I've eaten my way across half the world. And, again, I urge you to make a point to let them serve you a meal (lamb!!!) soon.
I suppose I should mention that they are not inexpensive. For cocktails, dinner for two (with appetizers and dessert) and two glasses of wine each at dinner (and a generous tip) the bill settled at $200. I suppose it was to make the value seem more mundane, but the bill did arrive in a nice, generic "Disney Parks" fold.
Oh well, I guess I just wanted to rave about the meal, as I'm still having fond memories of it...then again, I'm also having fond memories of the corndog I had earlier that day.
-AM who promises that he will one day tell his wife where to shoot Zurg on BLAB