Fans of Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa already know Chef Gloria Tae, who has worked side-by-side with Chef Andrew Sutton at Napa Rose for four years (you also may remember her from The Vineyard Room at Disney California Adventure park). With Andrew as executive chef of both Napa Rose and Carthay Circle Restaurant, he’s confident as she takes the helm in the new Carthay Circle Restaurant kitchen.
Gloria was born in Seoul, South Korea, and worked in Los Angeles restaurants before joining the Disneyland Resort, where she has been working in culinary for nine years. “With no formal culinary education, I was fortunate to have on-the-job training with some very patient chefs,” says Gloria with a smile. Her biggest inspiration is the diverse cultures of Southern California, making her a perfect fit for Carthay Circle Restaurant, where the light, fresh flavors of Southern California are celebrated.
The menu, for example, offers five varieties of sustainable fish, both wild and farmed, such as sushi-grade yellowtail grilled with jerk spice and topped with a tropical salsa of pineapple, mango, black beans and lime, and Sierra Golden trout roasted with couscous, lemon and oil. The lunch menu includes tastes like an udon noodle bowl with red Thai curry broth, and an Angus burger with Tillamook cheddar.
Vegetables are hand-selected, with visits to the Santa Monica market and to local farms seeking the best-of-the-best local produce. Desserts, too, honor the seasons, with summer desserts including “Peaches In All Their Glory” and seasonal county pie with whipped brown sugar sour cream.
Gloria describes her style as “California rustic with Asian accents,” and she loves making anything with handmade pasta, so we can’t wait to try her creations when the restaurant opens on June 15. For reservations, call 714-781-DINE or email dining reservation requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.