Monday, August 17, 2015

Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe - Downtown Disney

Update - Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe is scheduled to close on August 1, 2017.  It looks like they will be getting a new location in the Town Center area of Disney Springs.  

Yesterday, we had dinner at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe in Downtown Disney for the first time in about 6 or 7 years.  During my family's annual trips to Disney, before we moved to Orlando, we used to frequently dine at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe or Wolfgang Puck Express.  

We did not have an advance dining reservation, but we had no problem being seated right away at 5:15.  I love that our server asked if anybody had any food allergies when he came to the table.  When I told him that I had celiac, and asked what could be made gluten free, he told me that all the salad dressings were gluten free, they can make gluten free sushi, gluten free pasta is available, and most of the entrees were either gluten free or could be modified to be gluten free, but they do not have gluten free bread or make gluten free pizza.  

My husband and I decided to split two entrees.  My first choice was the roasted salmon with sauteed spinach, grilled lemon, and gremolata (a chopped herb condiment).  The salmon was very fresh tasting, seasoned well, and cooked perfectly.  The sauteed spinach was a great side dish for this nice light entree.  

For our second entree, we ordered the half pesto chicken with crispy potatoes, and arugula and cherry tomato salad.  When I posted a picture of my meal on my Instagram account last night, I couldn't help writing, "Winner, winner, chicken dinner," because it was one of the best chicken dishes I have ever had in a restaurant. 

The chicken was moist and flavorful, and the pesto it was served with was so delicious.  At first, I thought my potatoes were a little too crisp and underseasoned, but rubbed around in the pesto, they were just perfect.  I also enjoyed the arugula and cherry tomato salad it was served with.  Overall, I give both dishes an A+ for taste.  My only complaint is that our salmon entree was a little small for the price.  For $28, I expected a bigger piece of fish, or the entree needs another side, like rice or roasted potatoes.   

None of the desserts on the menu at Wolfgang Puck are gluten free, but they do offer fruit and sorbet.  I miss the amazing creme brulee trio they used to have, but they don't even offer creme brulee on the menu anymore.  We ended up picking up some treats at Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC before we left Downtown Disney.  My gluten-eating daughters ordered the rigatoni bolognese and ricotta ravioli.  Katie loved her ricotta ravioli with a tomato cream sauce, and roasted tomatoes and basil, and Emma enjoyed her rigatoni bolognese.

You can read more about Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe, view their menus, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website here.  You can read my review of the Wolfgang Puck Express in Downtown Disney here.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe?


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