When: May 20, 2017, 11:50 AM
One of the great delights of a Disneyland visit is selecting a lunch spot. There’s a wide range of choices in the park. You’ve got your theme park essentials (chicken nuggets, pizza), yourmidrange comfort food (fried chicken, meat loaf), and, finally, your high-end dining.
Today, lunch is at the Blue Bayou Restaurant. (That’s high-end dining all the way.) And I’m trying the Herb-Marinated Flat Iron Steak, medium rare.
Entrees at the Bayou come with soup or salad. The soup (gumbo) is excellent, but I want to do something new. So today, it’s salad.
Salad arrives. It’s modestly sized, all lettuce and tomato and pecans, with a smattering of yellow pepper, sliced onion, and cheese. Everything is well-dressed in the house vinaigrette. The ingredients are fresh, and cleanly balanced against each other. Every forkful brings a crunch of pecan, a pop of garden flavor, and some tang from the dressing. Wonderful.
Plates are cleared. Steak knives are delivered. Time for the main event.
The flat iron steak is served on a round plate. The meat sits in a brown marinade, topped with a green chimichurri sauce. There are two sides: potatoes au gratin, and a small pile of green vegetables.
I grab my knife, and dig in.
First: the steak is perfectly cooked. It’s moist. Bursting with flavor. The brown sauce adds a bit of mustard tang, some kick. The chimichurri brings some spice. It’s a terrific balance.
Second: the potatoes. They’re a little overcooked. They are less cheesy than I expected. They’re fine. Not remarkable.
Finally: the veg. It’s just … veg. Peas, mostly. They’re OK. A nice palate-cleanser between bites of steak, but otherwise totally forgettable. Overall, this is solid. The salad and the steak are the stars of the show, with reasonable supporting work from the potatoes and peas. If you’re in the mood for steak, this will absolutely satisfy.