There’s something delicious at every restaurant in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. But our go-to spot when we want a sublime taste of California cuisine is Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar. Stylish digs, outdoor tables and creative cuisine are the trifecta for delectable dining.
Open breakfast, lunch and dinner, the morning menu offers a simple taste like yogurt, muffins, oatmeal, berries and toast – or a substantial plate such as smoked salmon hash with poached organic eggs, bell peppers, onions, home fries and lemon-dill hollandaise. Our favorite is the chilaquiles, a toss of tortilla chips, ranchero sauce, cheese, cilantro, two fried eggs and crema. Yum!
If that doesn’t hold you until dinner, stop at Uva Bar where you can eat lightly (tempura fried zucchini blossoms, tuna tartare tacos or an heirloom tomato flatbread) or dig into a fab burger with white cheddar cheese, arugula, applewood smoked bacon, aïoli and caramelized onions. A smaller menu than Catal, but diverse choices.
For dinner, we love a seat on Catal’s outdoor balcony, where people watching is de rigueur with a cocktail and tapas such as roasted prawns, or the generous charcuterie platter with two meats and four cheeses, toasted bread, guindilla and piquillo peppers. We often share an entrée, like the hearty bucatini pasta with roasted wild mushrooms, oxtail, crème fraiche, chives and mahon cheese; suckling pig with baby beets, pistachio emulsion and crispy cracklings; or the simple roasted half chicken with baby green peppers, onions and polenta. If you prefer all-American steak and potatoes, try the prime rib, ribeye, filet or New York strip with Fontina cheese mashed potatoes, asparagus and roasted mushroom red wine jus.
Sweet endings run from an indulgent chocolate tasting that includes fudge, panna cotta, ice cream and more to a lo-cal housemade seasonal sorbet. Then sit back, relax and watch the world go by.
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