REVIEW: Almond Milk Tea, Orange Blossom Cocktail, and More at Paradise Garden Grill in Disney California Adventure – Lunar New Year 2020

For the 2020 Lunar New Year, Paradise Garden Grill has debuted an all-new menu for the festival. While this wasn’t our favorite spot last year, we’re excited to give Paradise Garden Grill another chance this year.

Paradise Garden Grill at Disney California Adventure Lunar New Year 2020

Menu for Paradise Garden Grill at Disney California Adventure Lunar New Year 2020

Food:

  • Korean Grilled Chicken – $12.99
  • Plant-Based Orange Tempeh – $12.99
  • Pork Belly Banh Mi – $11.99
  • Whole Deep-Fried Tilapia with Chili Lime Vinaigrette and Steamed Rice – $24.99 (serves two)
  • Mango Mousse – $4.79

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Almond Milk Iced Tea – $4.99 without boba, $5.49 with boba
  • 🆕 Orange Blossom Cocktail (alcoholic beverage) – $12.00
  • 🆕 Tiger Beer (5.0% ABV) – $9.25
  • 🆕 Kloud Beer (5.0% ABV) – $9.25

Photos of Menu Items from Paradise Garden Grill at Disney California Adventure Lunar New Year 2020

Korean Grilled Chicken – $12.99

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Korean Grilled Chicken – $12.99

It’s not bad Korean BBQ, but there’s nothing that stands out about this dish. Although it had a wing-barbecue taste to it, it was still on point and well cooked. If you’re really picky, this is your meal. If not, the Banh Mi is the better option.

Plant-Based Orange Tempeh – $12.99

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Plant-Based Orange Tempeh – $12.99

This dish looks pretty from the outside. The tempeh is shaped like Mickey Ears and everything is fried to visual perfection. The problem is the taste. This dish is like getting a thousand flavors all at once. The flavors of the vegetable fight with the rice and the tempeh, which taste more like peanuts drenched in sauce than chicken. Then again, perhaps that’s the point?

Pork Belly Banh Mi – $11.99

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Pork Belly Banh Mi – $11.99

Banh Mi is a sandwich with Korean barbecue and veggies. The bbq was well cooked and crispy, which went well with the crunchiness of the bread. The vegetables complimented the meat, providing some spiciness to the dish. The only problem is that the veggies made one of the ends of the sandwich soggy. Otherwise, it was a really good sandwich.

Whole Deep-Fried Tilapia with Chili Lime Vinaigrette and Steamed Rice – $24.99 (serves two)

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Whole Deep-Fried Tilapia with Chili Lime Vinaigrette and Steamed Rice – $24.99 (serves two)
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Whole Deep-Fried Tilapia with Chili Lime Vinaigrette and Steamed Rice – $24.99 (serves two)

The fish itself is a gorgeous meal and, clearly, it’s meant to serve a family from the sheer size of the Tilapia. It looks and tastes like something that might be more at home at Carthay Circle. So that’s the problem: a quick service restaurant typically serves food that guests can consume easily, which is not this. Anyone who has ever had a whole fish knows that deboning it is a long, arduous, and important process. It’s a process you wouldn’t mind in a sit-down restaurant. But if you’re a family who wants a quick bite before your next FastPass, you can imagine that deboning this fish carefully to avoid any problems with bones is not going to work out.

It’s a shame because that is the only negative aspect of this very delicious dish. If you want it, go for it, but be warned that it’ll take more time to consume than your regular quick-service dish.

Mango Mousse – $4.79

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Mango Mousse – $4.79

In a menu filled with dishes that left an impression, this one disappointed. Not because it was bad, but because it was just okay. It’s a cakey outer shell around the sweet mango mousse interior. Apart from that (and a little flower you can eat along with the mousse), there’s nothing unique to it. Plus, it stuck to the plate, so it ended up being a bit more of a hassle than it should have been.

*NEW* Almond Milk Iced Tea – $4.99 without boba, $5.49 with boba

Almond Milk Iced Tea – $4.99 without boba, $5.49 with boba

This was on the sweet side, which surprised us. It tastes a bit like amaretto, but without the alcohol. It doesn’t taste like tea at all, just almonds with a dash of sugar.

Almond Milk Iced Tea – $4.99 without boba, $5.49 with boba

If you like sweet tea, then you’d probably like this. We didn’t love it.

*NEW* Orange Blossom Cocktail (alcoholic beverage) – $12.00

Orange Blossom Cocktail (alcoholic beverage) – $12.00

This tastes like a really good screwdriver. It’s strong, but the gin is well hidden.

Orange Blossom Cocktail (alcoholic beverage) – $12.00

There’s a light citrus taste from the orange and lime juices.

Orange Blossom Cocktail (alcoholic beverage) – $12.00
Orange Blossom Cocktail (alcoholic beverage) – $12.00

The pomegranate seeds are colorful and fun, but they don’t add to the flavor. We would get this again.

This special menu at Paradise Garden Grill will be around from January 17th to February 9th, 2020. Will you be stopping by to try anything?

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