Such a treat, elegant Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure park, where you’re whisked upstairs for lunch or dinner in the beautiful dining room, inspired by Hollywood’s Golden Age, or on the two open-air terraces. Sipping a craft cocktail, it’s hard to imagine you’re in the middle of a bustling theme park.
To take advantage of the amazing summertime produce, Chef Andrew Sutton has added creative seasonal dishes to the dinner menu, with two new starters: an heirloom tomato and avocado salad with baby arugula, fresh basil and yellow tomato vinaigrette, and roasted chicken broth with basil and fava beans, fresh peas, carrots, ham and grilled chicken. Pair that with the signature fried biscuits stuffed with White Cheddar, bacon and jalapeño, and you’ve got a meal.
There are four new summer entrees: a generous lamb porterhouse with Parmesan gnocchi, lamb shoulder, asparagus and preserved lemon; chicken and spinach ravioli in summer corn broth with crimini mushrooms and Applewood bacon; summer garden risotto with peas, Portobello mushrooms, braised radish and spinach; and sustainable fish of the day with braised fennel, artichoke hearts and Sun Gold tomato essence. (We’re happy to report that the delectable Skuna Bay salmon stays on the summer menu, with a sesame soy glaze and red Thai curry.) A summer side dish addition is succotash, that combo of fresh corn and lima beans that reminds everyone of home.
Save room for the new Valrhona caramel-chocolate turnover with house-made marshmallow and Carthay Theater popcorn ice cream. We may just eat dessert first.
We put Carthay Circle Restaurant at the top of the “must-do” Disneyland experience – beyond Chef Sutton’s amazing cuisine, it’s a slice of Disney history, with the décor inspired by the original Carthay Circle Theatre, built in 1926, that played a significant role in the life of Walt Disney. His first feature-length film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” premiered there in 1937, and the restaurant features cels from the film. Check out the great vintage photos lining the hallway into the restaurant, and look up – the vaulted ceiling is painted with enchanting pastoral scenes from the movie.