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Review by Nick the Disney Devo

On our trip to Disneyland in February, we ate at 2 fabulous fine dining restaurants. One was The Carthay Circle in Disney California Adventure.

The other was at the beautiful Napa Rose at the equally beautiful Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel.

Our dining party consisted of Barbie, her cousin Jill, Jill’s husband Zach and me.

 Barbie, me, Jill, and Zach

As you enter, there is a lounge to the right.

The dining room is warm and inviting, featuring an open kitchen.


There is a great wine selection, and Jill and Zach picked an excellent bottle for the table, Foxen Pinot Noir 2010.

For an appetizer, I had the Crepe Filled with Duck Confit and Swiss Chard, Carrot Puree and Pinot Noir Essence, $17.

Barbie had the Bellwether Farms Ricotta “Malfatti” Dumplings, Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Tuscan Kale and Blood Orange Vinaigrette, $17.

Zach had the Slowly Braised Kobe Beef Cheeks, with Parsnip Ravioli and Cabernet Broth, $20.

All of us loved our appetizers. As I was in a ducky mood, I continued with that theme with my even more wonderful entree, the Cedar Roasted Maple Leaf Duck Breast, Truffle Pumpkin Puree, Tree Mushrooms and Brown Butter Vinaigrette, $40.
Barbie and Zach had the  Sauteed Sustainable Fish of the Day – Roasted Golden Cauliflower Couscous and Cranberry-Walnut Pesto, $39, the fish that evening was Swordfish. This was Barbie’s favorite dish of the entire trip, and that is saying something!
Zach also ordered the Truffled “Mac & Cheese” Orecchiette Pasta, with Parmigiano-Reggiano, $12 which was delicious, which he was kind enough to share, and it was delicious.
Jill had the Herb Roasted Colorado Rack of Lamb, Jalapeno Cheddar Pop-over, Roasted Root Vegetables and Sangiovese Jus, $44.
This was all outstanding. And I thought, “How could it get better?” Then, came the desserts!
Our Signature “Best Ever Hot Chocolate”, Rich Scharffen Berger and Valrhona Manjari Chocolates with Fresh Doughnuts. $15 They even wrote Happy Anniversary on it, as Barbie and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary early. Three months early, but still, celebrating none the less!
And yes, this may have been the best hot chocolate ever!
Warm Butterscotch Bread Pudding, Caramel Praline Ice Cream, Butterscotch Creme Anglaise. $12
They also brought this dessert out for our anniversary, a lovely surprise.
And speaking of lovely surprises, Jill and Zach surprised us by picking up the tab! Thank you again Jill and Zach!
Portions of this review were originally posted in The Disney Musings Blog, which Nick co-writes with his wife Barbie.