Saturday, May 3, 2014

Citricos - Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Tonight, my husband and I had dinner at Citricos at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  Citricos, a signature dining restaurant, serves American cuisine infused with Mediterranean flavors.  The atmosphere and service were top notch.  Most of the diners were adults, but a few families had young children with them.  

My meal started with GNI rolls served with citrus salted butter.  They were heated perfectly, but I only ate a couple of bites, because I planned on eating a three course meal tonight.  

For the first course, the chef I spoke to said I could order the PEI mussels, the slow roasted pork belly, the charcuterie, or the sauteed shrimp.  I chose the sauteed shrimp with lemon, white wine, tomatoes and feta.  I enjoyed everything about this dish except the herbs on top, but they were easily removed.  

I was surprised when the chef said I could order any of the main courses, but some would need to be modified a bit to make them gluten free.  

My husband and I ordered two naturally gluten free dishes.  I chose the red wine braised beef short ribs with chorizo palacio risotto, wilted tuscan kale, and hand harvested mushrooms with natural jus.  After the chef and our served Tim told me that it was their favorite dish, there was no way I could pass it up.  The short ribs were perfectly tender, and paired well with all of the other ingredients.  

My husband ordered the oak-grilled rib eye filet of beef with roasted elephant garlic smashed yukon gold potatoes, balsamic caramelized onions, peppadew peppers, arugula greens, and cabernet demi-glace.  

For dessert, I had four choices.  I could have the seasonal berry gratin, the tasting of gelato (minus the cones), the tropical fruit creme brulee, or the Granny Smith green apple sorbet.  I decided to go with the seasonal berry gratin with a champagne-Grand Marnier sabayon.  It was delicious, and definitely the highlight of my meal.  

The gluten eaters in your family might want to try the warm chocolate-banana torte with vanilla ice cream and handcrafted Belgian couverture chocolate crown.  My husband highly recommends it.  

Overall, we enjoyed our dining experience at Citricos, but I am not sure we loved it enough to go back any time soon, considering the cost of dining there.

May 29, 2015 Update

Citricos has new allergy-friendly menus for adults and children.  They list dishes that are safe for people with gluten/wheat, egg, milk, soy, peanut/tree nut, and fish/shellfish allergies.  Next time I am at the Grand Floridian around dinner time, I will have to remember to take a picture of their dessert menu.

You may still consult with a chef before placing your order.  If you are having trouble viewing these menus, you can head over to my friend Sarah's blog Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW to see the complete list of allergy-friendly options at Citricos.

You can read more about Citricos, view their menu, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at Citricos?  


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