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Today, we are talking Enchanted Garden restaurant on board the Disney Dream from Disney Cruise Line. This is one of three rotational dining restaurants on board the Dream. To learn more about dining on the Disney Dream and rotational dining check out our blog post, Dining on the Disney Dream. Today, it’s all about Enchanted Garden, so let’s dive in.
Enchanted Garden is themed just like it implies, like an enchanted garden. The lights are floral shaped and change hue as the meal goes on to mimic the changing colors of the sky at sunset. The lighting throughout the room does the same. It really reminds me of a solarium at sunset, it’s gorgeous.
It is not necessarily Disney themed. I don’t get Disney from the vibe, it’s beautiful but I think that more Disney could absolutely have been incorporated into the theme as a matter of personal preference. Perhaps incorporate more Jungle Book or Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland or Bambi.
That isn’t to say it wasn’t beautiful, it truly was but on a Disney cruise, I expect Disney touches not just beautiful theming.
When we entered the restaurant, we were escorted to our table by a castmember. There are a line of castmembers who are waiting for guests to arrive and escort them to their tables to make it run smoothly.
Once sat, we received our menu and our bread service. The dipping sauce for the evening’s bread service was a hummus or as they referred to it as a chick pea and garlic spread and an assortment of rolls.
I was in no way blown away by the bread or the dipping sauce but it was fine. Nothing extraordinary, just fine. I thought the menu was very garden inspired which of course, is fitting with the decor of the restaurant.
Some of the appetizer options included, a cucumber garden roll, a vegetarian option that included carrots, zucchini and peppers. Other options were the ahi tuna and avocado tower, the north Atlantic lobster ravioli and the applewood smoked bacon and mushroom tart.
We tried each appetizer except for the garden roll and the best thing that we tried was actually the smoked bacon and mushroom tart. I wanted to love the lobster ravioli, I really did, because that is my jam but a tomato sauce with a lobster ravioli? It was lackluster. It would have been better for my palette if the sauce had a dash of cream in it because a tomato sauce, especially this tomato sauce overpowered the ravioli and flavor of the lobster and all you could taste was the tang of the tomato. I was so sad.
The mushroom tart was good. The tart was a buttery, flaky, puff pastry and the flavors were earthy and savory and the leeks gave a nice pop to the dish, we really enjoyed this one.
The tuna and avocado tower was decent. It was a little on the bland side, I like my ahi tuna chock full of flavor and spice but this was more on the simple side. It wasn’t bad and if you are a tuna purist, this is definitely the dish for you. The smooth, creamy avocado mixed with the fresh tuna is a combination I really enjoy but for me, it was just missing a little zing.
I mentioned in our Dining on the Disney Dream blog post that you can order in whichever way you choose at any of the rotational dining restaurants but I want to reiterate that here. If you go to a rotational dining restaurant on a Disney Cruise, you can order whatever you want. You can even order from other restaurants. If that other restaurant has something that you want and it is on the menu for that night, you can order it no problem.
Entrees included Caralmelized Sea Scallops that included roasted asparagus, heirloom tomato couscous, Pan Seared Sea Bass with fava bean and pea risotto and Slow Roasted Prime Rib with twice baked potato and au jus.
There were also vegetarian options and plenty of them. Pearl Barley Cakes with Shallots, Leeks and Rosemary that were served with julienned carrots and Glazed Portobello Mushrooms with brow lentils and a sun-dried tomato cream.
At each rotational dining location, you will always find lighter fare options that are going to be options for those who might be a little pickier or are just looking to avoid a heavy entree. Those items include Grilled Grain-Fed Sirloin Steam, Slow Roasted Breast of Chicken and Oven Baked Filet of Salmon. These lighter dishes are served with vegetables and either rice or a baked potato.
We selected the Caramelized Sea Scallops and the Slow Roasted Prime Rib. These were some of the best entree selections on our cruise. We both really enjoyed our entrees. The couscous was flavorful and the scallops were tender and seared to perfection.
Bryson’s Prime Rib was cooked to temperature (medium-rare for him) and the twice baked potato was full of flavor and not dry as can sometimes happen with twice baked potatoes.
At Enchanted Garden, I was so excited for the desserts at the restaurant we were dining at the next night that I skipped all of the options available for that evening’s restaurant and went straight for the Creme Brulee and the Grand Marnier Souflee from Royal Palace.
If we have this same menu for our next voyage on the Disney Dream, I would definitely try the Orange Yogurt Tart. Bryson did try a dessert from Enchanted Garden and went with the Chocolate Brownie Sundae which he really enjoyed. Bryson really likes sundaes and ice cream so if you are the same, give this one a try, he gave it a thumbs up!
There were also specialty drinks on the dessert menu that looked delicious. Important to note, that these are an extra charge and will get put on your tab with guest services. There was a non alcoholic Caramel Pecan Chai that looked really tasty and alcoholic drinks that included an Espresso Martini and a Creme Brulee Martini that I might have to try next time because I live for creme brulee.
Overall, this was a great restaurant. We had seen other reviews that stated that this was some of the best food people had ever eaten and I certainly wouldn’t go that far. It was good, but don’t go into it thinking this is five star food. It’s great food for sure, but don’t get your expectations sky high, stay realistic with them and you will most likely be pleasantly surprised.
For more on our Disney Dream dining experience and to join us on our Disney Cruise adventure for day 2 of our cruise check out the video from this day HERE!
I do think that because much of what we read and watched praised Disney cruise food above and beyond. It is good, is is absolutely delicious but I do honestly believe that our expectations were too high going in and that was our fault so I want to make sure I pass that along to you so that you can be realistic with your expectations.
Have you dined on the Disney Dream? What did you think? What were some of your favorite items on board or what would you want Disney to improve?
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