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Old 01-20-2007, 11:44 AM   #1
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California Grill - Picture Report - Relive the experience! ADDED MAY '09 Pics Page 23

Table of Contents


January, 2007 - Starts right here, right now (continues on Page 2...)

October, 2006 - Starts on Page 2, Post #22

March, 2007 - Starts on Page 5 Post #67

June 21, 2007 - Starts on Page 8, Post #109

June 28, 2007 - Start on Page 9, Post #121

October 28, 2007 - Starts on Page 12, Post #168

June, 2008 - Meal #1 - Starts on Page 14, Post #202
Meal #2 - Start on Page 15, Post #214

September, 2008 - Part #1 - Starts on Page 20, Post #286
Part #2 - Starts on Page 20, Post #288

January, 2009 - starts on Page 21 and concludes on Page 22
- Introduction & Sunset - Post 311
- Amuse Bouche - Post 312
- Flatbread - Post 313
- Bread - Post 314
- Yoshe's Sushi - Post 316
- Entrees - Post 317

May, 2009 - contained within Post 340




In the beginning.......

Part #1 - The room









The view from the table.....








This view is from the monorail heading TO the CG - the kind of view you could see from the CG, a little later, and a little lower......


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Old 01-20-2007, 11:48 AM   #2
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Part 2 - Patiently waiting

Eagles flying - from the balcony





Pre-dinner beverage


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Old 01-20-2007, 11:53 AM   #3
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Part #3 - Getting Started

The Table






The Menus





Beverages


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Old 01-20-2007, 11:58 AM   #4
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Part #4 - Appetizers

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Old 01-20-2007, 12:01 PM   #5
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Part #5 - Appetizer Sushi
























Yoshe, herself, at work...





October, 2006 - Starts on Click Here for Page 2, Post #22

More to come in subsequent threads! Keep Scrolling

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Old 01-20-2007, 12:41 PM   #6
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Wow! Great Pics! Love this restaurant!
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Old 01-20-2007, 05:56 PM   #7
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Wow, Great pictures!! We love the California Grille.
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Old 01-20-2007, 06:59 PM   #8
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Great thread!
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Old 01-20-2007, 08:20 PM   #9
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Wow! I've never seen any pictures before. It looks better than it was in my imagination! Thanks!

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Old 01-20-2007, 09:35 PM   #11
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Love your pics! Professional-looking.............

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Old 01-20-2007, 10:44 PM   #12
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WOW!!! We are eating there for the first time next month! Great pics, thanks for sharing!
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:51 PM   #13
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You are so talented! Those pictures are amazing. I remember the beverage shot from October but never saw the others. These pics make me a bit sad we decided against CG this time around We all enjoyed it last time.
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Post Script - Wherein brief text attempts to confirm visual reality

The food at CG is like great wine - flavorful, subtle, complex, unique...

My thoughts on what we had this time:

They have a new chef since last October - Jens, from the Flying Fish. We followed his recommendations (lobster appetizer and cod / scallops). In response to my son's inquiry about the filet (what he usually orders), Jens hesitated, then politely noted that he preference for a beef dish at CA is the short ribs. In my (not quoting the chef) opinion, the filet IS outstanding, but it IS "just" a filet - that is, flavorful, but not terribly subtle, complex or unique.

With this guidance, we had the following:

Salad - contained pomegranate vinaigrette - and was - you got it - flavorful, subtle, complex, etc.

Appetizer - I was planning to order the duck foie gras, but it wasn't on the menu. My second choice is always the yellow fin tuna 3 ways - but Chef suggested trying the lobster - there was a LOT of lobster for an appetizer. My son had a customized sushi plate (as seen in picture) to his specifications (he likes the way they use tempura in place of seaweed). The next table was so impressed with it, they asked the waiter to order them the same thing.

Entree - The scallops were great. The only reason I didn't say "out of this world" is that I make pan-seared scallops about once a week from a good seafood supplier and scallop for scallop, mine are very close to these. However, I have not attempted the risotto or sauce you see on this dish - which was excellent. The Cod, WAS out of this world. The fish was phenomenal - tender, break-away, flavorful (not fishy). The portabella mushroom and duck ravioli - unbelievable - and the sauce - soy-like, but subtle.

Dessert - warm valhrona chocolate cake is on the menu everyday - they change the accompaying ice cream daily, but you can almost always ask for vanilla substitute. My dessert read like "bananas foster meets butterscotch brulee". It was excellent, but you need to like sweet and rich. The brulee was exceptional in texture - firmer and more melt-in-your-mouth than the texture of most brulees (which lean toward pudding, custard).

Summary - there are many excellent restaurants in Disney. For all around dining, the CG is my favorite.

Menu - they print new menus each day. I would say that 80-90% of the menu does not vary - so I am now wise to looking for "what is new / different" on the assumption that the atypical items represent (a) chef's creativity and / or (b) availability of ingredients that are not always available. In the case of this meal, the lobster appetizer and cod entree fit the bill.

Here is a picture of my son and the chef:

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Old 01-31-2007, 11:03 AM   #15
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Cali Grill was my choice for my birthday dinner on our upcoming trip and these photos make me sooo excited!! Also, we're buying the Cannon Rebel before our trip, ehagerty- I only hope our photos turn out half as good!!
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