On Episode 23 of The Disney Exchange Podcast, we talk about our choices for a progressive dinner, which is a group meal where each course is served at a different venue, around the Walt Disney World Monorail Loop. 2 of my choices were at Narcoossee’s and Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
My wife Barbie and I had dinner at both of these venues in January of 2014, and enjoyed both meals, so I thought I’d share what we had as well as a look inside each.
Let’s start at Narcoosee’s.
Narcoossee’s is located on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, at the end of the Grand Floridian transportation boat dock.
It has an open “show” kitchen and a wonderful staff. Be sure to say hello!
We asked the bartender for a food suggestion, and he said his favorite was the scallops.
As we were being brought to our table, Barbie spotted a man wearing a vest covered in Disney pins. She approached him, and they spoke at length. He came over to introduce himself and his wife. They were locals, and they also suggested the scallops, as well as the calamari.
If you time it right, and have a table facing Cinderella Castle, you can see Wishes at the Magic Kingdom. I made our advanced dining reservation at 180 days out for 8:00 pm, thinking the fireworks would be at either 8:00 or 9:00 pm. They were at 10:00 pm that evening, and while I could have changed our ADR, we both agreed that was rather late for dinner.
The menu is somewhat limited.
We would have loved dessert, but were too full!
There is no doubt we will return to Narcoossee’s in the future, and we will try to choose different food selections, but it won’t be easy!
A very nice bar is immediately to the left as you enter.
Like Narcoossees, the kitchen is open and lovely to behold.
Unlike some meatballs which can be very dense, this was a light, flavorful start.
I’m going to admit, I have no idea what shishito and and sunchoke hash is, but I love pork. But I’m sorry to say, I thought this dish was somewhat uneven. I felt the tenderloin was somewhat lacking in flavor, though Barbie thought it was juicy and tasty. As for the pork belly, one piece was a bit dry and chewy, while the other piece was much more tender and savory.
Barbie liked my meal more than mine, which is good, because I preferred her Madeira Braised Short Ribs, Strozzapreti pasta with hand harvested mushroom ragout and Piccante Gorgonzola. This was much more flavorful than my selection, the short ribs moist, and the pasta perfectly cooked, and I would absolutely order this on a future visit. So, we switched meals!