Monday, April 23, 2018

Carthay Circle Restaurant - World of Color Dining Package

Over Christmas Break, we had lunch at Carthay Circle, a signature dining restaurant in Disney California Adventure Park.

Our lunch was booked as part of a World of Color Dining Package, so we had a three-course special menu to choose starters, entrees, and desserts from.

Carthay Circle did not have an allergy-friendly menu for me to look at, but our server was very knowledgeable about gluten free options.

The chefs at Carthay Circle do a nice job with their gluten free rolls.  They were heated well, and had a nice flavor from fresh herbs, and what I assume was olive oil.

Both starters on the World of Color menu could be prepared gluten free.  My daughters enjoyed the winter red and white endive salad, while my husband and I chose the parsnip soup with accents of winter pear, dried cranberries, and rosemary ham.  The soup was so delicious, I could have eaten several bowls of it.  It was slightly sweet, and so full of flavor.

I also loved my entree, the Skuna Bay salmon with avocado, pickled shrimp, and grapefruit vinaigrette.  My fish was incredibly fresh, and cooked to the temperature I requested.  The combination of flavors on the plate was perfection, and I especially enjoyed the grapefruit vinaigrette.  This is an entree I would order again and again if it was available at Carthay Circle on future visits.

My daughter Katie chose grilled Santa Maria tri tip with whipped potatoes, another entree that could be made gluten free on the day of our visit.  It looked really delicious, but I never try my family's food unless we request that it be marked gluten free on our order.

For dessert, I was offered the usual gluten free dessert at Disneyland - sorbet.  Not being a huge fan of sorbet, I asked if the bitter sweet chocolate creme brulee with orange chantilly and pomegranate essence could be made gluten free.  Our server checked with a chef, and I did receive the dessert I was interested in, though it looked very different from the creme brulee other members of my family received.  I really liked the combination of chocolate and pomegranate, but I felt that my creme brulee could have been cooked a little bit more.  Sadly, shortly after we left Carthay Circle, I did not feel well, and had to make several emergency bathroom stops over the course of the next few hours.  Honestly, I am not sure if  I was glutened or not.  Sometimes my body does not like super rich food, like the dessert I ate, so it is possible that that is what made me feel unwell.  Plus, I did not feel some of the lingering gut pain I have gotten in the past when I thought I was glutened at a restaurant. 

After we paid for our meal, we received vouchers for the World of Color - Season of Light.  The preferred viewing area we had access to was the perfect location to watch the holiday show, which we enjoyed significantly more than the regular World of Color show we saw on our first visit to Disneyland in the summer of 2013.  It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip this year.  Be prepared to stand though, because they only have seating for guests with disabilities.

You can read more about World of Color dining packages on Disneyland's website, and view all my other Disneyland reviews here.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Carthay Circle?


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