Lobster Nachos @ Lamplight Lounge

Price: $20.00

When: June 24, 2018, 11:30 AM

Reservations: Recommended

Verdict? Not recommended

There are a handful of dishes that are “Disney famous.” They’re the things everyone tells everyone else to eat when they go to the parks. Regular members of the “Disney famous” club are the Blue Bayou’s Monte Cristo, or the New Orleans Square Mint Julep.

In California Adventure, the long-reigning champ of “Disney famous” was the Lobster Nachos at the Cove Bar. (Despite their fame, we reviewed them, and found them wanting.)

Well, the Cove Bar is no more, having been replaced by the Lamplight Lounge. And the Lamplight also serves Lobster Nachos. We’re keen to see if they’re better than their predecessors.

Short version: yes, they’re better. But they’re not great, and they’re crazy expensive.

Let’s talk about what’s going right, here. First, the dish is served warm. Second, the chips are reasonably substantial – no risk of breakage. Third, the toppings have decent variety: cheese, beans, crema, and, of course, the lobster. And finally, it’s all reasonably salty and satisfying (especially if you’ve been sitting in the sun with a cocktail or three).

Now the bad news: everything’s mediocre. The lobster has a strong fishy smell. The cheese and beans and crema are more about texture than flavor. And there’s no pop, no punch, no “wow” moment, here. It’s just … sturdy chips, a few discrete ingredients, and fishy-smelling lobster. Not great.

I sincerely hoped these would be better. And, at $20, they should be. (This is the most expensive item on the bar menu!)

Not recommended.