Monday, December 15, 2014
My Hubby and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary this year. He took me to the most amazing Paris trip in the summer. I still have more to share with you about that trip, but that will be for another post. Besides the trip, he also took me for a romantic dinner at Napa Rose on the day of our anniversary. Alright, it might not be as romantic as you think, and here’s why. Napa Rose is located in the Grand Californian Hotel, at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It probably is the most sophisticated restaurant throughout the property, in terms of food quality and ambiance. But as I’d expected, some family would dine here after a day at the park, with kids, of course. So, that simply take the “romantic” part out of the equation, when you have kids around! But I’m not complaining. I actually love that it’s a kids-friendly restaurant. Therefore, this place will be a nice place to celebrate for a Holiday dinner if you’re in the area, and don’t feel like cooking! Why not, right? Who said the holiday gathering has to be at home?
Back to the food. Here’s what we tried. We ordered a starter to share called Seven Sparkling Sins (see picture above).
An array of tantilization featuring: Spicy Beef and Cashew Roll, Curried Crab Taco, Citrus-cured Buckwheat Blini, Shrimp in Cucumber Wrap with Lemon Dill Crème, Seared Ahi Nacho, Lemon Broiled Scallop and Grape Leaves with Pheasant for two
This picture above is the Lemon Broiled Scallop and it was amazing! I’d be happy if you can serve me a dozen of these and call it entrée.
Next is the Shrimp in Cucumber Wrap with Lemon Dill Crème. It was refreshing and I love the texture combination of slightly crispy cucumber and tender shrimp.
This Curried Crab Taco in the middle (picture above) is probably one of my favorites from this appetizer. You can taste the aroma of the curry but not over powering at all. The crab was sweet and fresh and the taco shell is light and crisp.
Up next is the Seared Ahi Nacho (in the middle). The flavor is absolutely wonderful. The crispy “nacho” on the bottom contrast nicely with the tender ahi on top.
Citrus-cured Buckwheat Blini. I simply love the flavor combination of this Blini. The caviars on top really popped and added a nice salty and slightly briny flavor to this dish.
Spicy Beef and Cashew Roll. Somehow, there’s a really strong sweet and sour taste to this one. It’s probably my least favorite from the starter.
Grape Leaves with Pheasant for two. Okay, I really don’t care about grape leaves. And this one also has a pretty strong flavored sauce at the bottom (and I can’t really tell what it was). I am glad that we tried other items from the starter, first, as they had milder flavors compared to the last two.
Onto the entrée, I’ve ordered the Provencal Herb Roasted Colorado Rack of Lamb Artichoke Bottoms, Poached Radish, Sugar Snaps and Cabernet Jus. It was prepared with care and cooked to perfection. The meat was tender and flavorful. Not at all gamey either. I highly recommend this dish if you like lamb.
My Hubby tried the “Maple Leaf Farms” Breast of Duck, Honey Crisp Apple Coulis, Almond Gnocchi and Pomegranate. Another dish that’s well prepared. I had gnocchi at other restaurants before and thought I don’t like gnocchi at all, until I tried these almond gnocchi! It’s light, fluffy and pillow-ey, so good! The duck is perfectly seasoned and so tender. We really enjoyed this one as well.
For dessert, I ordered the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Paté, Candied Hazelnuts Crème Anglaise and Fresh Raspberries. A gorgeous dessert that any chocolate lover should try! The candied hazelnut crème angaise is heavenly!
My Hubby ordered the Peanut Butter Croquantine with Manjari Chocolate Ganach, Caramelized Bananas. Okay, I don’t really care about peanut butter anything, I thought. But this is one decadent PB dessert that any PB lover should try…and non-PB lover should give it a taste as well. You’ll look at PB differently ever after!
Last but not least, we’ve got some complimentary chocolate truffles to take home as the server knew we were celebrating our anniversary. What a nice gesture. We took the chocolate home to share with the Kiddos.
I hope you like today’s restaurant review and information. If you’re interested to celebrate the holiday at Napa Rose, don’t forget to make a reservation ahead of time. Below is more information on the restaurant for your reference.
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
For reservation (714) 781-DINE (3463)
1600 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92803
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