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User Reviews (5 Reviews)
- Carthay CircleMember ofBudget TravelersFoodiesNightlife LoversNov 01, 2013
Joined in with some friends last minute for dinner here during the Disney Marathon weekend. For about $70/person, it included a 3 course meal and access to a special viewing area for World of Color. Their seasonal soup had a nice kick from the addition of chili oil. My main course of rib-eye was good til the last bite. Dessert was molten chocolate cake, which was taken to go so as to not miss the show. Reservations should be made in advance if you'd like to have this type of dining experience. Totally worth it!
- Carthay CircleMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2First to ReviewSep 07, 2013
I was really excited to be able to dine at Carthay Circle within the first 2 weeks of its opening to the public. I think they were on day 11, when we went. We had reservations at 7:20 and arrived early to let the desk know. We were given a 5-10 minute time frame so we ordered drinks in the lounge. The problem with that is it takes a few minutes to pay for the drinks in the lounge. So we waited a bit longer so that our bill was settled.
Our host Alvin, was funny but our server KC was hilarious. We were escorted to the Hyperion room which happens to be a table behind a wall. Complete privacy which is really fantastic. Alvin tells us that the CEO of Disney has dined at the table we were sat at. Who knows if he's fibbing? It was a nice table to be sure. The A/C could be felt which was initially welcome but became chilly towards the end of the meal.
We ordered the house biscuits and spicy duck wings to share. The biscuits were shaped like donut holes and stuffed with jalapeno cheese and bacon. Yum! They were also served with apricot honey butter which I didn't think paired well but was delicious on its own with the regular bread. The spicy duck wings were really good. I definitely recommend these if you like duck. The wings were crispy with a lovely hint of sriracha which wasn't lost on us.
I ordered the cavatelli with braised lamb. 4 stars for this dish. I loved the tender braised lamb, spinach, cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes. The noodles could have been more al dente but that's just me. I thought the portion was good but for $20, I was expecting more.
I also ordered the rose petal water (5 stars; $3.50) which is rose syrup in sparkling soda water with a sugary edible rose petal on top. It was decadent and delicious. Just the perfect amount of sweetness and I was really pleased.
The rest of the table ordered:
Pork pot roast with sour cream smashed potatoes - This was my second favorite dish at the table. The pork was fork tender and the potatoes addicting. Very comforting entree. 5 stars.
Udon with red Thai curry broth, mussels, & shrimp. I didn't try this but my fellow dining companions said the broth was nicely spiced but the noodles were thinner than expected. 4.5 stars.
Jamaican jerk King fish with pineapple salsa. I tried this and liked it but Drew mentioned that he couldn't detect any resemblance to Jamaican jerk seasoning even though we asked if the spice could be turned up for this dish. It wasn't gamey and was perfectly cooked. I found that the salsa complimented the fish well. 3.5 stars.
Bacon wrapped shrimp and corn chowder. This was delicious. Quite a few shrimp made it onto the plate and the fresh corn on the cob chowder was superb. I loved it and it wasn't my dish. 5 stars.
We didn't order any dessert because we wanted to try something elsewhere and get into Cars Land before the park closed. We finished dinner around 9:30 but had to wait for our waiter to bring the bill. He never asked us if we were passholders so we had to wait even longer for the bill to be adjusted before we could split the check. The whole process although time consuming was efficient. Most places don't split checks between that many cards but it is great to see that we can do it at Disney. They were also able to apply the 15% (Premium AP) discount to the entire bill (except for alcohol). I did get to wander around some while waiting for the bill to be settled. There's an outdoor balcony where you can view World of Color and fireworks as a guest of the restaurant. The bathrooms are really cool. There are photographs of Walt Disney everywhere. The decor is very old Hollywood and imparts a sense of nostalgia. The wine list is extensive. They also let you try wine if you're unsure. Thanks to KC for making our experience at Carthay Circle a great one. I'll be back!
- Carthay CircleMar 12, 2013
Service from the hostess, waitress and her assistant was friendly, warm and intuitive. The food was perfect. I had Ruby Red Grapefruit and Organic Chicken salad on a bed of shredded savoy cabbage. Drank a Pisco Sour which was VERY good even though it was a little heavy on the bitters. Dessert was warm lemon poundcake with marinated blueberries and chantilly cream---to die for!
This was lunch and since I had an entree and dessert, I also received a fast pass ticket for World of Color in a special area just for Carthay Circle customers. Great location since it was away from the spray of the fountains.
- Carthay CircleOct 12, 2012
We were really fortunate to nab a reservation a few weeks into the opening of Carthay Circle, and overall had a great experience here from a service point of view. I think that one of the reasons you dine in places like this is for the "experience," and from that angle, we were totally taken care of by our server KC.
We got seated in what appeared to be an executive room, and were basically separated from the main dining floor- this made us feel like royalty. Our total service was about 2 hours, and near the end, it started to feel really long. Note: Carthay Circle has a balcony that offers showing of World of Color built into your meal, so take advantage of this if it works for you!
Because we were a big group, I got to try a little of everyone's meal, and my take-away was that the kitchen still has a long way to go before they really lock their menu down. There were components of each of the dishes that I enjoyed, but there was not one dish that really blew me away. I think that there are a lot of good things happening here, but some room for improvement. 3.5 stars on the food level.
Food I tried:
Firecracker Duck Wings with Sriacha: These were awesome- a good deal of spice with lime and soy to bring some asian balance to the flavor profile. Probably my favorite dish of the night.
Biscuits: Filled with bacon and jalapenos and fried in dough balls, these were served with an apricot honey butter, and were certainly rich. Definitely a comfort food, and a good start as an app.
Jamaican Jerk King Fish: I ordered this specifically because I hadn't tried a jerk seasoning on fish before. I asked KC if this would be spicy, and he said he would ask the chef to see if they could kick it up, and confirmed that this would be the case. When it arrived, it was cooked perfectly, and paired with a great pineapple salsa, but had absolutely no taste of jerk seasoning, and was a 0/10 on the spice level for me. To me it was a well cooked fish with pineapple. Totally disappointed.
Other things I enjoyed from nabbing bites: I loved the corn chowder from the bacon wrapped shrimp dish,and the sour cream mashed potatoes from the pot roast dish.
All in all, we had a great dinner, and were very well taken care of by KC, who was both funny and charming. Just like Disney should, they have the service side of things locked down. And I suspect that as they gain more experience with this restaurant, their food will continue to get better and better. Thanks for a great experience!