REVIEW: Topolino’s Terrace New Year’s Day Brunch with Lobster Benedict and Caviar, French Toast Bread Pudding, Quiche Gruyere, Mimosas, and More at Disney’s Riviera Resort
Happy New Year from Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort! To celebrate 2020, Topolino’s Terrace hosted a New Year’s Day brunch, complete with characters and mimosas! Topolino’s Terrace is brand-new, so this is their first time offering brunch.
We arrived bright and early, ready to feast on everything Topolino’s has to offer.
Some of the menu items are available daily during breakfast, while others were exclusive to this one-day event. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy in their Riviera Resort outfits were also there to help celebrate.
Check out the menu. Brunch was part of a prix fixe menu as $59 per adult and $37 for children ages 3-9.
Included in your meal is juice, coffee, pastries, entrée of choice, and confections.
No brunch is complete without a mimosa, right? Each guest of age was given a complimentary mimosa to toast to the New Year. The Classic Mimosa is a combination of Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore and orange juice, which comes served in a glittery plastic cup. The Classic Mimosa is served daily on the menu for $13. This is a nice way to start the day.
To start off the meal, a basket of assorted pastries were brought out for the table. They were soft, fresh, and the perfect start to our meal. The blueberry muffin and flaky chocolate twist were our favorites. The twist reminded us a bit of the Cheshire Cat Tails you can find in the Magic Kingdom. We did ask for an additional chocolate pastry, but we were slightly disappointed that it didn’t quite live up to the quality of the first round. Do note that the popular paintbrush pastry baskets that are a usual part of Character Breakfast here were not used during the brunch.
The quiche gruyere comes packed with house-made pancetta and is served with roasted potatoes and field greens with lemon vinaigrette.
The quiche looked absolutely beautiful, with a perfect, flaky crust. We were amazed at how delicious this quiche was, and agreed this was our favorite meal of the morning. Luckily, this quiche is available daily on the breakfast menu.
The egg, cheese, and pancetta combines together for a flavorful bite that will wake up your taste buds. We’ll definitely be returning for this savory quiche. The roasted potatoes were good, but nothing special. The field greens were fresh, with just the right amount of lemon vinaigrette.
French Toast Bread Pudding
The French Toast Bread Pudding was topped with a whipped honey butter, strawberry jam, toasted almonds, and your choice of bacon, ham, sausage, or plant-based sausage on the side.
Primo Piatto serves their French Toast Bread Pudding with a thick, vanilla custard, but Topolino’s Terrace opted for something sweeter. This one is served with a strawberry compote on the side. While the strawberry was nice, it almost made the French Toast too sweet. For our side, we went with the ham. The ham was thinly sliced, but didn’t have much flavor and we wished we had opted for the bacon or sausage. If you’re craving something sweet, this French Toast Bread Pudding is for you.
Lobster Benedict and Caviar
Fresh lobster, caviar, and hollandaise top off a poached hen egg on an English muffin. This comes with a side of roasted potatoes.
This item was a special addition for the New Year’s Day Brunch. The portion size was small for the money, consisting of just a single topped English muffin.
The lobster was delicious, but the caviar didn’t do much for us. Caviar is expensive, so this might be why the meal was smaller. If they removed the caviar and made this a meal with 2 eggs, we would have enjoyed it more. There just wasn’t enough here to satisfy our hunger this morning. The roasted potatoes were cut differently than the ones served with the quiche. We actually preferred the smaller cubed potatoes over the bigger, skin-on slices.
House-made pasta is topped by braised chicken sugo, dandelion greens, and a parmigiana-reggiano.
Of all the pasta dishes we tried that evening, the rigatoni was our favorite. It seems like this is a consistent dish, and we enjoyed it just as much for brunch as we did for dinner. The creamy sauce and perfectly cooked pasta was a filling way to start our day.
Assorted macarons and chocolate bonbons.
The table was presented with cute little boxes of macarons and chocolates, presented in a shimmering drawstring bag with the “RR” logo on the front. There were even white chocolate discs with the Riviera logo on it.
Limited Edition Pin
As part of the event, we were also give an adorable commemorative pin.
The pin is limited edition 1000 and features Mickey and Minnie in masquerade masks ringing in 2020. The gift was not advertised, but it was a nice surprise for everyone at the table.
This was the first time Topolino’s Terrace has offered brunch, and we found this was the perfect way to start the New Year. The relaxed atmosphere, beautiful views, and character interactions made this a fun experience. Breakfast is normally $41 per person, so for $59 per person, this was actually a very good deal. The price difference is only $18, but you get a lot of extras with brunch. The mimosa, macaron, and pin add a lot of value to the brunch, so we hope they will consider doing this again next year.