PHOTOS: New Pan-Seared Sea Scallops & Roasted Pork Belly, Plus the Best Charcuterie in Walt Disney World at The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
There’s a grand premiere at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! There are some new savory delights at The Hollywood Brown Derby that we just had to check out!
From scallops to charcuterie to a pair of wine flights, there’s plenty to enjoy amongst the classic Hollywood setting. Let’s dig in!
Since we were curious to try the new charcuterie board, we figured we’d pair it with some wine for the full experience. The wine flights come with three two-ounce pours of each wine. If you are ordering the charcuterie board, pair it with a wine flight—not a cocktail. We found both wine flights to be a good value. (If you opt for an appetizer other than the charcuterie board, however, we recommend a cocktail rather than a wine flight.)
Cabernet Wine Flight (Chappellet, Stonestreet, Simi) — $26.00
Here at WDWNT, we’re more theme park connoisseurs than wine tasters. So here are some wine tasting notes:
A classic expression of hillside Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this luxurious wine displays concentrated aromas of ripe black cherry, cassis, and dark chocolate, along with oak-inspired notes of espresso, cinnamon, clove and cigar box. On the supple, mouth-filling palate, elegantly refined tannins underscore the rich dark berry and blackcurrant flavors, with hints of nutmeg, anise, and cedar adding sophistication to the long, voluptuous finish.
Made entirely varietal from a vineyard scaling from 400 to 2,400-feet-elevation, this red is balanced and elegant in style. Peppercorn, cedar and celery seed accent a mineral-driven intensity nuanced in black olive, currant and clove.
Black fruit dominates the entry followed by plum and black cherry with a spicy, lifted mid-palate. A bit of peppery cassis leads the finish with some roasted coffee notes and supple yet firm tannins. The Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is incredibly food friendly and not a puzzle to pair with.
Pinot Noir Wine Flight (Hitching Post, Gran Moraine, Talley) — $22.00
Hefty aromas of blackberry and mulberry are spiced by menthol and fennel pollen, and given complexity by a prosciutto-like savory quality on the nose of this bottling. The palate combines pomegranate, dried plum and purple-flower flavors.
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Shows aromas of cranberry, boysenberry, rhubarb, briar patch, cassis, leather, dust, strawberry preserves, maple syrup, pine tree litter, sassafras. Flavors of racy pomegranate, spruce sap, huckleberry, tangelo; the finish rounds out with juniper berries and sandalwood mixed with cherry, milk chocolate, and herbes de Provence. Juicy tight tannins up front melting into a 70% coco dusty citrus mélange on the mid-palate; breaking like an ocean wave on the finish back toward the mid pallet pulling everything in a loop.
This Pinot Noir is crimson-purple in hue and expressive of the distinctive character of the Arroyo Grande Valley which produces structured Pinot Noir with strong mineral notes. Aromas of raspberry pie, cherry cola, and rhubarb are complemented by soft sandalwood undertones. The palate offers notes of juicy raspberry, plum, cranberry, and a hint of green tea. Enjoy this Pinot Noir with sweet and spicy duck or mushroom risotto with herbs.
Charcuterie Board — $21.00
This is a chef’s selection of cured meats, cheeses, dried fruit, pickles and olives, and crispy lavash bread.
The aged gouda was topped with a lavender espresso rub. The rub imparted a strong coffee flavor on the back end of your tongue. This is the mildest of the included cheeses.
While the cheeses are the stars here, three meats are also included.
The blue cheese with dried grapes was unremarkable, but good. We recommend pairing it with the included honeycomb.
The aged cheddar is unbelievable. It is incredibly firm and well-aged, with a profound flavor. It was nice to receive a generous portion of it as well. With Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge temporarily closed, The Hollywood Brown Derby charcuterie board is quite possibly the best cheese board at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Pan-seared Sea Scallops and Roasted Pork Belly — $17.00
The scallops and pork belly are served with cauliflower and a red onion gastrique.
The scallops were well-prepared, but the seasoning was off. For all we know, the scallops could have been tofu from how bland and unremarkable they were. Likewise, the pork belly was perfectly cooked; a knife wasn’t even required to cut it. However, it was the least memorable pork belly we have ever had at Walt Disney World. Nothing about this dish is memorable. With other appetizers like Cobb salad, seasonal soups, tuna carpaccio, and the amazing charcuterie board, we cannot recommend the scallops and pork belly.
Overall, if you’re looking to switch up your usual Cobb Salad experience at The Hollywood Brown Derby, or are looking for a slightly different option, treat yourself to a wine flight and charcuterie board and feel like a real old Hollywood star.
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