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View Poll Results: Do you like the New California Grill Menu?
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:52 PM   #31
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I'm definitely not a huge fan of the new menu. It seems real plain and not exciting at all. But I'll give it a shot in October regardless. I'm always disappointed when there isn't a creme brulee on the menu, but I'm definitely glad the awful soft shell crab is gone. Maybe I'll try the scallops for $10 each. Lol.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:25 PM   #32
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I'm in!!! I wish DDP still incl. apps. cause this is one place could easily try them all. those will be OOP and wine, of course.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:48 PM   #33
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I've been having various appetizers as meals at California Grill for years. Sharing sushi and flatbreads, or when I'm solo, a soup and some other appetizers. It's been years since I've done an entree. I'm pretty sure it was the pork tenderloin and polenta. That's a menu staple.


I'm really excited about the Omakase Experience. I have it booked for December. It's prepaid like the Chef's Counter at Flying Fish, but it is a bit more expensive. You do get 12-14 small plates, chef's choice. Sounds like a nice adventure!
Did you have to book the Omakase differently? Do you know the cost?

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Old 08-29-2013, 04:19 PM   #34
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One thing I've noticed watching Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsey, it's better to have a limited menu and make sure those items are top notch. Nice thing about a limited menu is the food turns over quickly so nothing is sitting around for very long meaning you get fresher ingredients.

Most of the totally disgusting places Gordon goes in to have huge menus.
Yeah...but....Gordon Ramsey is going into failing places that have hacks in the kitchen. A large kitchen with highly trained pros can churn out several different meat and fish dishes without being "totally disgusting". California Grill is hardly a contender for a "Kitchen Nightmares" makeover.

I think the menu looks terrific. But I don't order steak very often when I go out to eat. I like to order unique things that I haven't tried before. That said, I could see where a meat eater would be disappointed that the only steak on the menu is the most boring cut of meat, i.e., the filet. Were I to order beef, it surely would be the short ribs.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:27 PM   #35
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Did you have to book the Omakase differently? Do you know the cost?

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You have to call and it's $175.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:45 PM   #36
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Reminds me of the 'carnival-like' desserts at Flying Fish. Also, Disney is asking me to dress in 'proper attire' but they are serving donuts with dipping sauceS for dessert. I wonder, is the steak served with ketchup & A-1.....
Yeah, it's dragsville to have to put on an actual shirt to eat doughnuts.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:52 PM   #37
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DH and I are very excited about the new menu, can't wait to eat there in October .
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:26 PM   #38
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Please let me know how the Omakase goes. We are very interested!
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Did you have to book the Omakase differently? Do you know the cost?

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I responded to Jennylyn in a private message, but I'll share what I told her here, as well.

The cost is $175 per person, pre-paid in advance, with a penalty if you cancel within 2 days of the reservation. The price is inclusive, meaning tax and gratuity is bundled into the price of the meal. The info I've seen online is that it would be roughly 12-14 courses of "small bites" tasting plates.

And here's where it gets interesting. My agent at Disney CRO had seen the Omakase Experience on her screen, but it was not showing any availability no matter which day she tried. She even tried a date range for an entire month, nothing popping up for her. She then tried a different method to look it up.

Instead of "date" and "restaurant" only as the search parameters, she chose "restaurant" (California Grill) and added a time (8pm). Then the Omakase Experience magically appeared for her to book for me. Apparently CG reserved this time for the Omakase, and regular ADRs would have dining times like "7:55pm". That makes sense.

So my advice, if anyone does call to book, and the agent says nothing is available, ask the agent to check again and plug in the specific 8pm time. You can tell them "a friend discovered this glitch when she tried to book it".
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:01 AM   #39
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We are going to try the California Grill for the first time in December. I think the menu looks interesting! Can someone tell me.....are reservation is for 9:40, and Wishes is at 10:00. Will we be able to leave our table to go to the observation deck to watch?
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:22 AM   #40
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as a family we are split by the menu. I love it, for what i'd order.
my DH and DD not so much, DD is not a fan of tomatoes, and the steak is with tomato, tomato, tomato and a little bit more tomato.

sometimes less is more, and making something sound fancy schmancy is all well and good, but actually i am more happy with quality produce cooked properly, and courteous wait staff, (fingers crossed, as this was the area that seriously let down CG on our previous visit) than a fluffy sounding menu.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:46 AM   #41
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I'm happy that they kept the spicy kazan roll. It's my favorite!
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:51 PM   #42
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I think the menu looks amazing. We plan to return to CG on our next trip.

I do have a couple of questions, however. The cheese plate is on the dessert menu. Is that available on the Dining Plan? And if so, can it be ordered prior to the entrees? I know that, basically, it would be used as an appetizer then, but there's no rule about dessert first, right?
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We are going to try the California Grill for the first time in December. I think the menu looks interesting! Can someone tell me.....are reservation is for 9:40, and Wishes is at 10:00. Will we be able to leave our table to go to the observation deck to watch?
Always. The servers are used to people going on the observation platform.

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I'm happy that they kept the spicy kazan roll. It's my favorite!
I think people would be up in arms if that was taken off the menu. It has to be a best seller. I remember when Flying Fish took their "signature" red snapper off the menu many years ago, and they brought it back because many people kept asking for it. I remember being one of those disgruntled guests.
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I think the menu looks amazing. We plan to return to CG on our next trip.

I do have a couple of questions, however. The cheese plate is on the dessert menu. Is that available on the Dining Plan? And if so, can it be ordered prior to the entrees? I know that, basically, it would be used as an appetizer then, but there's no rule about dessert first, right?
If the actual menu (and not the WDW website menu) does list it as a dessert, I can't see why you couldn't get that on the DDP. And the server should be able to accommodate you if you ask to have it first. A good server would, at any rate.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:36 PM   #45
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Amazing, fun desserts!

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Yeah, it's dragsville to have to put on an actual shirt to eat doughnuts.
Thank You! Just because a dessert is fun, doesn't mean that it's not good. If you can't have fun at Disney World, where can you have fun?! The banana fritters are awesome, and I challenge you, JZCubed, to try them and not love them!
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