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Gran Destino Tower recently opened at Walt Disney World. This unique moderate resort is designed to offer the amenities of a deluxe resort and the feel of a deluxe resort but at a moderate price point.
The resort features rich Spanish flair with bold, warm colors against sleek modern white and wood features. Wide open spaces with lots of stark, sleek white, coupled with gold accents and architectural designs throughout including large cathedral style windows and bold Mediterranean, Spanish and European details.
You can read all about the architectural style and inspiration for this opulent new resort HERE!
We had the opportunity to dine at Toledo, the new signature dining restaurant on the 16th floor of the brand new Gran Destino Tower that is a part of Coronado Springs Resort. We joined a group of amazing new friends and we will all be releasing (or have already released) dining reviews of Toledo so be sure to check them all out.
Thank you to Brandy and Dave for inviting us. Corey Meets World and Resort TV1 were also there and it was such a blast to meet and spend the evening with them. Minnie Maria Mouse who is not on YouTube but who owns Lake Buena Visitors, an amazing screen print company was there as well and it was such a magical evening.
We were in the private dining room of the restaurant and it was gorgeous. The room itself was to the left of the entrance to the restaurant and was three walls of floor to ceiling windows and the fourth wall was the wine cellar. The wines were also encased in a glass cellar and were stocked floor to ceiling.
The Catalan Modernism was continued into this restaurant from the other areas of the hotel and could be found in the designs on the ceiling, the light fixtures, the carpeting and more. This type of architectural style is prevalent in Spain, particularly Barcelona.
The view from this private dining area is of Lago Delado, the 15 acre, man-made lake at the Coronado Springs resort.
The menu is broken down into Tapas, Beverages and Food and is presented on a board.
The tapas and appetizers include a number of small plates including chilled marinated mussels in a saffron aioli, olive oil poached tuna with lemon, charred octopus, garlic shrimp ‘pil-pil’ which is a shrimp in a pepper and tomato broth.
The ‘pan con tomate’ tomato bread and the tronchón cheese gratinado which is a sweeter tapas option served with tupelo honey and lavender.
In addition, there is a house boards section where you can select a charcuterie (meat) board, an artisanal cheese board or a board for two that is both meats and cheeses.
We selected the Savory Churros which is of course a fried dough that is soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. The churros are dusted with oregano, paprika, manchego cheese and lemon and then served with a romesco sauce which is a spiced tomato sauce.
Bryson really enjoyed the churros. He thought they had great flavor, especially with the sauce which added a nice smoky, tomato, spiced kick to the simple fried dough. I thought they were pretty bland and they weren’t my cup of tea but if you love yourself a churro and are intrigued by a savory version, definitely give these a try because there is something for everyone and everyone has vastly different tastes.
In addition, we also got The Spaniard For Two. This is the board that comes with both meat and cheese selections as well as accompaniments. The board comes with a menu that describes each of the selections in detail. There were three types of cured meat, all pork and three cheese selections. One of the cheeses was a blue cheese and one was a goat cheese. It was not the typical type of goat cheese that is soft but this was a hard cheese with a buttery flavor and a grassy finish.
Toasted bread and small bread sticks came with the board as well as almonds, a jam, olives and sweet peppers.
We love meat and cheese boards. It gives you a great opportunity to try cheeses you might not normally select and broaden your horizons. You also get a different taste in each bite because you can combine the different items on the board in different ways to create new bites.
For entrees, I ordered the scallops which came with 4 large sea scallops and a burst of flavor with fava bean hummus, olives, roasted carrots and a harissa vinaigrette. The flavors are earthy and rich and dusted across the top is a nice yogurt powder that brightened everything up.
The scallops were buttery and tender and I absolutely adored the fava bean hummus that rested on the bottom of the plate. The harissa vinaigrette was not overpowering but gave the dish a smoky flavor and a bit of spice. I loved it. It was different and definitely outside the box. The flavors were rich and strong but surprisingly did not overwhelm the delicate flavor of the scallops.
Bryson ordered the hanger steak because it came recommended from friends over the manhattan filet and he was glad that he chose the hanger steak because the flavor was superb.
He ordered the steak medium rare and it was true to temperature. Served with crushed new potatoes, charred peppers and greens it was a well-rounded meal for sure with a lot of flavor. The peppers gave the steak a nice zip because they left their charred essence on the meat which was also served with a bit of salsa verde. The greens were served on top of the steak. It was packed with flavor and a bit of spice. The meat itself was tender and flavorful.
We both decided we would definitely order our entrees again.
To share, we also ordered the Mediterranean broccoli. This was not the traditional broccoli as it was served with the leaves which gave it a great flavor. The dish was packed with garlic honey and golden raisins. The savory, earthy and sweet gave the side a unique flavor that we both really enjoyed and were not expecting.
Other friends ordered dishes that looked delicious as well.
Minnie Maria Mouse ordered the entree portion of the Garlic Shrimp Pil pil which was served again in a pepper and tomato broth and served with a side of grilled bread.
Another friend ordered the Golden Tilefish which looked fresh and summery. It was served with new potatoes, fennel and a valencia orange sauce, a perfect lighter dish for warmer temperatures.
For dessert, I ordered the Classic Crema Catalana which was a vanilla and valencia orange creme brulee served with a chocolate dipped candied orange peel (which I could have eaten twenty more of). It was creamy and perfect. The orange wasn’t overpowering but was definitely there. It also came with several slices of valencia orange as well which gave the dish an amazing freshness.
Bryson ordered the Toledo Tapas Bar which was a true concoction of flavor. It was a chocolate bar with spanish coffee, chocolate crunch, raspberry mousse and lemon curd on top. Bryson enjoyed it but said it was just okay, not outstanding and that he would probably order something else next time.
Last but certainly not least, let’s talk about drinks. Toledo offers a variety of cocktails including gins which the Spaniards have made their own. They also have a large selection of California and Spanish wines. The wines by the glass come in a 5 ounce or 8 ounce portion which is great if you are interested in sampling several.
I recommend ordering a few of the 5 ounce pours so that you can taste a variety.
I ordered the rose which was Spanish and also the albarino which was also Spanish. I love Spanish wines. I think that they bring a great depth of flavor. Even though most people think of Spanish wines as reds, I love Spanish white wines. They tend to be have a little more depth of flavor for my palette and tend to be an easier drink than some other countries.
The rose was amazing. It was dry but not too dry and had a just a tinge of sweetness on the back. I tasted notes of strawberry and rose water. The albarino was delicious and paired perfectly with the seafood selections and the cheese and meat plate. Albarino is a grape varietal from northwest Spain. A hint of sweetness in the form of pair and again a bit of dry on the tongue. This is a great wine for people who are looking to expand their wine palette but don’t want to go oakey or too dry right off the bat.
Overall, Toledo is a true taste of Spain from the wines to the cocktails, the tapas, appetizers, spices, entrees and finally the desserts. A lot of fresh flavors, a lot of region specific spices, a lot of fresh seafood and red meat. If you are looking for a culinary experience, that is a bit pricey but definitely a cultural culinary experience, give it a try. For us, kudos to Disney for continuing to push the boundaries of food and bringing new flavors to guests.
We hope you enjoyed this culinary tour of Toledo, the newest restaurant on Disney property located on the rooftop of the new Gran Destino Tower over at Coronado Springs.
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