Although I wasn’t planning on eating at any sit-down restaurants besides our character breakfast and our meal at the Wine Country Trattoria, after reading so many favorable things on the Blue Bayou restaurant which is located inside Disneyland’s New Orleans Square area, I decided to make a reservation. Besides its quality fare of Cajun and Creole style dishes, it offers perhaps one of the most unique dining locations ever-it overlooks a portion of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, so when riders are drifting past in what is supposed to be Louisiana’s bayou country, diners are watching this. This, coupled with the extremely dark ambiance (it’s perpetual twilight), makes for a most dramatic and different setting (a much needed escape from the throngs outside).
A word about the Blue Bayou restaurant-it is EXTREMELY expensive. Although I thought the lunch menu would be cheaper than the dinner menu, it was…but not by much. I opted to have us dine there for lunch as opposed to dinner as it was our last day at Disneyland and I didn’t want to be booked by having to be somewhere for dinner, preferring to just play it by ear.
We checked in for our 11:50 AM reservation and were promptly seated. We made our reservation less than a week in advance, so I was slightly disappointed to not get a table right by the water side where the Pirates boats float by. Although the restaurant was incredibly busy at the lunch hour, we quickly decided what we wanted and were able to place our meal orders along with our drink orders. This definitely seemed to expedite our meal, as opposed to other tables with larger groups whose meals seemed more drawn out from what I observed.
All entrees come with your choice of either a cup of the restaurant’s signature New Orleans gumbo or a Cajun inspired salad. I went with the gumbo while D did the salad. The gumbo was good but nothing too exceptional. I’ve not eaten a lot of gumbo so the non-exceptional part can probably be attributed to my unfamiliar palate.
I settled on the Monte Cristo sandwich ($24.99) which was turkey, ham and Swiss cheese in battered-egg bread which was lightly fried, accompanied with Blue Bayou potatoes and seasonal vegetables (green beans). As it was a Cajun/Creole style restaurant, I’m not joking when I say the bread tasted like savory beignets. It was so incredibly rich and actually had been dusted with powdered sugar. Although I was worried that it would be messy to eat, it arrived already cut up into quarters. The potatoes were prepared in an au gratin style and since au gratin potatoes are usually very rich, I ate judiciously, not wanting to get an upset stomach later on.
D went with the Tesoro Island Chicken ($29.99) which the menu described as being “roasted and finished to perfection in pan au jus.” His entree also came with potatoes and seasonal vegetables. I tried some of the chicken and it was extremely moist and succulent.
As neither of us were able to finish our entrees, we opted out of dessert, although I presume that anything we had ordered would have been just as marvelous as the entrees.
While it was a very expensive lunch, service was extremely prompt but not the point where it felt like we were being rushed out. The food was very good and so next time I will try to reserve far enough in advance to hopefully secure a “prime table.”
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