When: November 12, 2016, 2:15 PM
One thing I thoroughly appreciate about the Carthay Circle Lounge is its extensive appetizer menu.
I mean this sincerely. Most restaurants around Disneyland are heavy on the entrees – the burger, the salad, the pizza – and relatively light on shareable, for-the-table items. Carthay’s menu is the exception to the rule: plenty of options for a group, with only a few items for individuals.
So if you’re in a group, as we are, and you’re hungry, as we are, and you’ve already got your cocktail on the table … well, it’s kid-in-a-candy-store time. Go crazy.
We start with the Skuna Bay Salmon Poke.
The presentation is quite nice: a big bowl of fresh salmon poke, mixed with seaweed, edamame, avocado, and sesame seeds. Everything is infused with a light grapefruit ponzu sauce. You also get a few lotus-root chips and some oversized, chili-infused rice crackers for a flavor/texture counterpoint.
This is a super, super good dish.
It all comes down to the freshness of the ingredients and the balance of the flavors. Everything works. The salmon, avocado, edamame and seaweed are in their prime. The ponzu adds mouth feel without overpowering the primary flavors. And the lotus root and rice chips are delightful: not too thick, not too weak, not too stale.
This was a big hit at the table. Nick, in particular, thought it was the bomb. It was the perfect size for the four of us.
This is an easy (and enthusiastic) recommend. You won’t be sorry.
UPDATE: As of December 2017, this dish is no longer available.