This spot might elicit a “wha?!? where’s that?!?” reaction for some since it really doesn’t get its share of the spotlight. But I really enjoy heading to the Lucky Fortune Cookery once in a while when I’m in Disney California Adventure!
The counter service location is a great thematic fit for the Pacific Wharf area of the park and offers some pretty tasty, customizable goodies for those who stumble upon it.
After the review, we’ll also have some awesome info for you about what Lucky Fortune Cookery and other dining spots are serving for this year’s Lunar New Year celebration in Disneyland — so scroll down for that! OK — Let’s dig in!!
Atmosphere and Themeing
Lucky Fortune Cookery is teensy. The outdoor location is nearly an afterthought — or so it seems. There are three main ordering windows and just a few tables scattered around.
You’re clearly in an industrial section of town here at the Wharf, and the fun lanterns hanging from the rafters give this a sweet “downtown” vibe I think! It’s such a great way to soften an otherwise harsh space.
Tables are scarce, but don’t forget that you’re surrounded by about three other huge restaurants here at the Wharf.
There’s a ginormous seating area just across the way, so if there are no seats available at the Cookery, just take your tray over to Pacific Wharf Cafe and grab a table there.
Condiments include the standards as well as a couple of items to spice up your “take-out” — sriracha and soy sauce.
You’ll be given chopsticks with your meal, but you can always opt for the regular utensils if you’d prefer.
When you’re ready to choose from the menu, it couldn’t be easier. It’s basically a “build-a-bowl” type restaurant, so you’ll choose your protein (chicken, beef, or tofu) and your sauce (Mandarin Orange, Spicy Korean, Thai Coconut Curry, or Teriyaki).
(Super healthy) sides include Edamame and Fresh Mango Slices, and you can also get a Sapporo (Japanese brew) here.
On my visit I went pretty standard with the beef teriyaki. All of the combos come with steamed rice and seared veggies pre-mixed.
I was actually really impressed with this lunch. It was a good size, though it could definitely have been shared if I wasn’t starving.
The sauce was slightly salty, but definitely had a good, savory flavor. The beef itself was cooked just right — not too chewy.
Dig down in the box to get to those veggies and all of that rice. There have been complaints that the rice here is “soupy,” but mine was just fine. And the veggies were crisp yet tender.
Of course, you can liven things up with some sauces. And don’t forget your fortune cookie!
So there you have it — pretty simple, really! Small location, easy food. And the menu allows for those who are watching their diets to be a bit more careful than they can be at other counter service spots, which is always a benefit when you’re eating your way through Disneyland.
I’m a big fan of anything where I get to eat a big mess of rice, meat, and veggies all in one (mmm… jambalaya), so this fits the bill perfectly. Head over to Pacific Wharf Cafe for a pastry or cinnamon roll after this and you’ve got an awesome meal.
But this week is the PERFECT time to try the Cookery if you haven’t already…
Lunar New Year Specialty Menus
From today through February 13th, the restaurant will take part in Disneyland Resort’s Lunar New Year festivities. To celebrate, the Lucky Fortune Cookery will offer pork spare riblets, chicken and vegetable pot stickers, edamame, ginger milk tea and almond cookies.
In addition to extras here, The Boudin Bread Cart and Pacific Wharf Café will feature “Year of the Snake” bread, and Tsing Tao Beer will be featured at Rita’s Baja Blenders. Pacific Palisades Coffee Cart and the San Francisco Cart will serve up almond cookies, ginger milk tea, and other special items.
In Downtown Disney, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen’s menu will include tempura gulf shrimp skewers, red beans & rice salad, and coconut ginger lime beurre blanc. Shrimp sushi rolls with Guajillo chile pears, and dragon beef tacos will tempt visitors to Tortilla Jo’s. Other special menus include: spicy banger shrimp with Szechwan green bean salad (House of Blues); Asian salad, toasted sesame seed seared ahi tuna (La Brea Bakery); macadamia crusted tilapia and coconut shrimp (Rainforest Café), matcha green tea blast smoothie (Jamba Juice), and green tea ice cream (Haagen Dazs).
Have you eaten at the Lucky Fortune Cookery? What would your custom take-out box include? Let us know in the comments below!