When: December 12, 2016, 7:15 PM
Tangaroa Terrace is a counter-service restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel. It’s located smack-dab in the center of the complex, next to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar (with whom it shares a kitchen, and a number of menu items). Tangaroa serves affordable, mass-market items like burgers, salads and flatbreads. (I think of it as the spiritual cousin of White Water Snacks over at the Grand Californian.)
Getting food at Tangaroa is a three-step process. First, pick what you want to eat from one of the small, laminated menus near the door. Second, line up at one of the cashier stations, share your selection, and pay. Third, find a table. (They bring the meal to you.)
Step one took a little longer for me than it otherwise might have. This is my first time here; I’m intruged by everything.
Eventually, I settled on the “Kalua-Style Pork Flatbread”
The dish arrives as a long, flat rectangle, cut into eight small pieces. It’s got barbecue sauce in lieu of tomato. There’s cheese, cilantro, onion, and a handful of chunks of pulled pork. It’s a big solo portion, but perfect as a split between two people.
I extract a piece from the middle, and take a bite.
This is pretty good stuff. Flatbread usually lives or dies by the quality of the sauce, and the barbecue sauce here works nicely. The other ingredients are good-quality – not exceptional, but they don’t need to be. The cheese isn’t too heavy; the pork adds a bit of protein; the cilantro and onion add some sharpness and edge here and there. Each piece is two, maybe three bites, max, and goes down easy.
To be clear: this isn’t gourmet flatbread. In many ways, it’s something I might buy, frozen, at Trader Joe’s and take home to heat up. But that’s OK. It’s tasty, filling, and, at under ten bucks, good value for the money. This isn’t worth a special trip to Tangaroa, but if you’re in the neighborhood, it’s absolutely worth ordering.