The signature restaurant, located high atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort, will be closed until late summer. In the meantime, Chef Brian Piasecki is already busily creating a new menu that blends classic dishes with fresh updates. Thanks to Disney Parks Blog, we’re getting a few first looks at a few of the creations. First up: sushi!
Although Yoshie Cabral, the restaurant’s beloved sushi chef, is retiring, sushi will continue to play a big role on the menu.
Some of the new items aren’t fish at all, but take their inspiration from traditional Japanese dishes, like Japanese-style Bone Marrow with Crunchy Panko and Sweet Onion Jam and Beef Tartare. I can’t wait to try these!
Traditionalists will also find Sea Urchin Nigiri with Mamanori (soybean paper), Salmon Roe and freshly grated Wasabi Root.
Meat lovers will find plenty to tempt their palates, too. The 24-hour Braised Beef Short Rib with Truffle Whipped Potatoes, Vol-au-Vent (puff pastry) with Roasted Vegetables and Natural Jus really sounds — and looks — incredible.
One of California Grill’s most famous dishes (and one of my favorites!), Pork and Polenta, will be updated to Pork Two Ways.
Luckily, the wood-grilled pork tenderloin will still be accented with that awesome goat cheese polenta. Braised, Lacquered Pork Belly with a side of Country Applesauce takes its place beside the re-imagined classic.
We will bring you more details of the renovation as they unfold. We can’t wait to see what Chef Brian and the rest of the talented staff have in store for us!
What are you most looking forward to trying in the new California Grill? Tell us in comments below!