However, my Disney-enthusiast friends wanted to have dinner at the Chef's Counter at Napa Rose. Seated right at the counter, you watch the chefs work, and see the dishes being garnished and sent to the dining room. Executive chef Andrew Sutton will approach and inquire about any allergies and what the diners particularly like; he then creates a multi-course menu on a whim with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. The first few courses were two different items, so we could each share with the person next to us, but the entrees and desserts were four different items for four people. There was a lot of plate swapping going on!
view from the counter seating
nicely decorated butter
parmesan crisps, onion herb rolls
Chef Sutton visiting the counter
1a - octopus cooked in red wine, yellowtail sashimi japanese style
1b - smiling tiger salad, twice cooked beef, lobster tempura
2a - sea scallop, lemon lobster vanilla sauce
2b - hawaiian ono, salsa verde, apple jalapeno onion tartar sauce
3a- hatch chili stuffed with wild boar, applewood smoked bacon, fig
3b - steak tartare, poached quail egg, mustard sauce, Cinderella pumpkin (!!) fries
4a - duck confit, figs, roast corn
4b - pork, bacon lardon, corn pudding, snap peas
4c - duck breast, orange
4d - beef
5a - apple charlotte, rosemeary pecan ice cream
5b - chocolate cake pop, chocolate bar
5c - crème brûlée, berries
5d - flan, mini crescent rolls
Sitting at the Chef's Counter was a great expereince, especially to watch how a chef runs his kitchen. He also stopped to talk to us at several points thoughout the night and ask how we were enjoying our dinner. At one point, Chef Sutton was disappointed the quail eggs for the steak tartare were overpoached - he sent the plates back for a re-do and further scolded the chefs for not taking the time to cut extra green onions for garnish. He didn't go all Gordon Ramsey on them either, just told them that it wasn't up to standards. He certainly takes pride in sending out only top-notch dishes from his kitchen.
a cleaned and emptied kitchen
Service was great and not intrusive at all. Our meal took so long (3.5 hours!) that we closed down the restaurant/kitchen. However, we never once felt rushed and were encouraged to take our time. Our waiter even offered to take group pictures for us at the end, though I'm sure he was aching to get home. Disney certainly is magical!
where is the Pixar winery?!
Napa Rose (Grand Californian Hotel)
1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802