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REVIEW: Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure Has Superb Food, Top-Notch Service

Carthay Circle Restaurant reopened July 22 at Disney California Adventure with a new dinner menu. We visited the signature dining location to see what has changed. Thankfully, everything that makes Carthay Circle great is still in place.

Entrance

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Interior

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Menu

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Summer Corn Soup — $17

Fava Beans, Leeks, Basil

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This was a nice, light summer soup with good flavor, though the basil was overpowering. The corn was well cooked. We do wish there had been more fava beans, as they were a great addition. Normally, we’d say $17 is steep for soup, but the quality and service at Carthay Circle justify the price.

Fish of the Day — $47

Mango Salad, Hawaiian Black Beans, Avocado-Coconut Broth

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The fish of the day during our visit was a pacific halibut prepared “Hawaiian style.”

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The fish was lightly seared on the outside and soft and flaky on the inside. The black beans added saltiness to the fish, which was needed. The avocado coconut broth was rich, but the coconut was barely detectable. The mango “salad” citrus slaw complemented the fish perfectly, adding a crunchy texture and acidity. We wished the dish had a more complex texture profile as it was largely one-note, but this is a small criticism. Overall, the fish was fantastic.

Valrhona Chocolate Cream Puff — $15

Caramelized Bananas, Crème Anglaise

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The presentation was very nice, but the serving was small for the price point. Between the size and the flavor, you won’t want to share this dessert. The bananas were lightly caramelized and paired perfectly with the dark chocolate. The cream puff was light and fluffy. Inside was a vanilla creme Anglaise for a perfect finish to the meal.

Overall

Carthay Circle Restaurant still offers the same amazing experience they did before. The price is steep, but you definitely get what you pay for. The service is top-notch, and the food is always superb. We highly recommend adding Carthay Circle to your must-dos at Disney California Adventure.

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