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Hey, mouseketeers! Last time I took a visit to Steakhouse 55 with a positive review, even though it probably could have been better, I thoroughly enjoyed it. (go here to revisit those photos: http://www.micechat.com/forums/showt...=steakhouse+55 )
This saturday's visit though, was a restaurant experience I've been most interested in trying since its opening: NAPA ROSE, located at the Grand Californian Hotel. If you've seen the menu, you'll know that it's not something you can do on a daily or even weekly basis, but I thought I waited long enough.
But let's take a look at a few other things first!
The sign to the Grand Californian Hotel:
One good thing about dining at the Grand Californian Hotel is that you can valet your car for 5 hours if you dine there. Highly recommend it if you're only there for a quick bite, as it sure beats going through Downtown Disney.
I know that the LOST BAR at Disneyland Hotel is a popular mice chat spot, but GCH has one too called the HEARTHSTONE LOUNGE.
Perhaps the reason of it not being as popular as the Lost Bar is because of how bright it is... or maybe how close it is to the main lobby of the hotel (which is close to many hotel rooms). Creating a drunken ruckus here would be quite embarassing wouldn't it?
But still, the place is quite spacious and has an extensive drink menu, including some drinks found from the other Disney parks around the world. They even have an appetizer menu which includes SLIDERS... so add that to the Burger Bite-off list whenever that happens.
Notice the lamp shades have mickey symbols on them? How totally cute.
The drinks were mixed well, and having gone twice in the same day, the speed of your service definitely depends on your server. During the late afternoon, it was fast. After midnight, it was slow.
After a couple of Long Islands and Capn and Diet, it was time for the real deal. A meal at the Napa Rose.
.... oh look! It's friendly neighborhood Mousercise!
^She says she never eaten here either. So in we go!
We were seated near the large windows facing DCA. It was bright!
Each table has some roses and uh... is that a honey suckle? Or umm... one of those sesame crackers? Whatever it is, it's in dire need of a blue pill.
High ceilings is the name of the game at Napa Rose...
And cool columns...
A look behind me...
Here's the bread basket at Napa Rose. Not quite the Sankara stones from Steakhouse 55, but a decent array of yeast on a thorny basket.
Here's what the Disney website has to say about Napa Rose:
Delight in specialty dishes and seasonal creations celebrating California's legendary Napa Valley. Enjoy a menu that captures the essence and embraces the bounty of California's seacoast, farmlands, vineyards and ranches.
- Named the best new restaurant in the 2002 Zagat dining guide survey and "Top Food" in the 2003 edition
- Sweeping views of Disney's California Adventure
I'm not a big wine freak but I thought this was pretty good. It was Mousercise's pick too so naturally it was good.
And then the food showed up. It was literally less than 10 minutes after we ordered. That was FAST.
Here's Mousercise's meat entree, the Shortrib served over a Veggie Risotto priced at $32.
I ordered the New York Steak served with a "mac & cheese" type rice side dish that was $37.
We both felt that we needed some sort of potato so we added on a side of the Roasted Fingerling Potatoes. It had mushrooms in it but they looked like worms.
I sampled the shortrib and thought it tasted alright, but not as good as I was expecting for $32. The NY Steak was prepared very well and the mac & cheese risotto thing was quite good. The potatoes were decent... not too spectacular.
We each had room for dessert after our meals (complete opposite of our steakhouse 55 visit). I went for the Chocolate cake.
Nice presentation, decent cake, not enough ice cream.
Mousercise got the creme brulee tart which was good.
Mousercise likes her wine!
So that was our meal at the Napa Rose! Overall, it was an enjoyable experience, but we both agreed that we enjoyed Steakhouse 55 a whole lot more. It seemed far classier with images of Walt around the dining facility and better mood lighting. Napa Rose is still a very nice establishment but a view into DCA is hardly classy. But still, this is a location with great fantastic service and a menu that changes often enough to check back again. I doubt we'll be coming back too much sooner but we don't regret trying it out.
Hope this review was helpful!
So overall, service was great, food was good, price is high, steakhouse 55 preferred, spider-man 3 blew.
While the restaurant and lounge review portion has ended, I will return with more photos from that evening!