After touring the history, mystery, and myth of Disneyland’s Club 33 in Part 1 yesterday, I hope you’ve worked up an appetite!
Let’s dive into the food at Club 33 lunch! (Heather will be around with a Club 33 Dinner Review in a few weeks!)
We left you in our post yesterday as we were taking our seats at the table in the Main Dining Room. After we sat down, we were handed the menus. (I automatically dove into the wine menu, of course, since this is the only place in Disneyland park where alcohol is served. More on that later.)
We were quickly approached by a server (we had several taking care of us throughout the meal) who took our drink and meal orders and instructed us to head up to the appetizer buffet.
When you’re visiting for lunch or brunch, the buffet stretches half the length of the Lounge Alley. Approaching from the Main Dining Room, to your right is a line-up of gorgeous desserts (we’ll show you those after the entrees!), and to your left are several tables worth of seafood, meats and cheeses, fruit, salads, and more.
Now, let’s take another quick look at that cheese photo… does anyone else feel a little bit strange that it looks like they just cut up babybels and put them on the cheese platter?
Because that bothered me a bit, I’m also including a photo of the cheese platter from my other visit to Club 33 that week for redemption. You can see that this cheese platter looks much better…
Let’s move forward to the seafood!
Do you see those little Tobasco sauce bottles? How cute are those?!? (I know… it’s the little things… .)
And this side of the buffet culminates with the salads and dressings.
On the other side of the Lounge Alley, past the desserts, you’ll find a table set up with breads and dipping oils as well as a container of soup.
Since we visited twice during our week in Disneyland, we got to sample the chicken and wild rice soup and the white tomato bisque. And let me just say that the white tomato bisque was probably the best soup I’ve ever tasted! Incredible!
Here are a couple of our plates from the buffet lines. The first is my bread and cheese plate:
See that little cup in the middle? Those are the soup containers. No bowls; just cups. We were a little confused as to whether we were supposed to sip the soup from the cups or use our giant spoons that barely fit into the cups. In the end we didn’t care…we did both!
And here’s a seafood plate created by one of my dining companions!
By the way, while you’re at the buffet, be sure to sneak a peek at the Club 33 Bar, located in the Lounge Alley between the Gallery and the Main Dining Room. You just know they have everything!
When we returned to the table from the buffet, there was bread and butter already on the table (don’t worry; I still ate the bread on my bread plate!). There were two types of bread in the basket — a nutty, sweet version and a plain sourdough type bread.
As we all dug into our buffet appetizers, bread, and soup, our drinks came to the table. I’ll show you both of mine, since I ordered two different drinks the two times I visited Club 33 that week.
First up, my Dr. Loosen Riesling. I took a photo of the wine on the Club 33 napkin for ya
And I also ordered one of my favorite mixed drinks, a Midori Sour. So pretty… . And, yes, I did keep the little “33″ logo swizzle stick!
Another dining companion of mine ordered a Newcastle.
At this point, we were already pretty full from our appetizers, but we still had entrees coming! At our table, we’d ordered the chicken with truffled macaroni and cheese; the Chateaubriand with yukon gold mashed potatoes; a vegetarian pasta dish; and a kids’ burger.
The chicken, which I ordered, was actually quite good. It was moist and flavorful (and they left the skin on — kudos Club 33), and the portion was a decent size.
But it was the accompanying truffled macaroni and cheese that really makes this dish. Rich, creamy, and delicious, I really had to fight my husband through the whole meal to keep any for myself! We were told that the macaroni and cheese used to be a separately-ordered side dish at the restaurant and has stayed on the menu due to incredible guest demand.
The Chateaubriand is easily the most popular meal at Club 33. It’s on both the lunch and dinner menu, and I’m guessing that at least one person at every Club 33 table orders this.
And it is delicious — tender, flavorful, and rich. The side dishes were good, though not as gorgeous as the mac and cheese. I was definitely the side dish winner that day.
Others at the table sampled the vegetarian pasta bento box, which got very high marks…
I also caught photos of a couple of dishes coming out of the kitchen. Here are the lamb chops.
And the salmon plate.
Once we finished entrees, it was on to desserts! That dessert buffet table had been beckoning me since I first walked through the Lounge Alley, so I couldn’t wait to test it out!
Our collective favorites at the table were the Lemon Puff (which had a lemon curd-like filling — yum!) and the chocolate topped macaroons. These reminded me of the Matterhorn Macaroons served in the Blue Ribbon Bakery.
And one special member of our group was celebrating his 10th birthday at Club 33! He received this dessert!
For those who are wondering if adults received the same birthday dessert as kids — here are a few other birthday desserts that went to grown-ups in the dining room…
By the way, I ordered a hot tea so that you could see the tea service!
We finally ended our meal with complimentary Club 33 chocolates
It was such an honor to be invited to dine at Club 33, and I got to have two meals there! What a dream come true!
While the food was not the exquisite fare one would expect from Napa Rose or Victoria & Albert’s, it was quite good. That said, it’s likely the exclusivity you’re paying the big bucks for at Club 33…not the eats.
Of course, this was in no way the fault of our wonderful servers. We asked Blair to pose for this photo so that you could see the Club 33 costumes!
The meals were truly incredible experiences, and because we didn’t feel in any way rushed by the servers, the opportunity to sit and chat with friends in such an exclusive environment was truly appreciated.
Club 33 is incredibly luxurious in so many ways, and I think we enjoyed each and every one!
Stay tuned for a review of Club 33 Dinner from Heather Sievers later this year!