If you’re at Caribbean Beach Resort and are hoping to start your day with a taste of the islands, then you’re in luck.
Old Port Royale Food Court
The last time DFB was here was when AJ reviewed the one-of-a-kind Monkey Cupcake! Today, it’s time to check out another unique set of Island-y goodies!
The Grab and Go area at Caribbean Beach’s Old Port Royale food court is now serving tropical-inspired breakfast pastries! Kudos to the pastry chefs here for coming up with such fun additions to the menu!
This will be the first area you encounter — to your right — when you walk into the Food Court from the parking lot area. It’s a wide open space that you can’t miss.
This area of the food court features cold sandwiches and snacks for a quick bite any time of day. (And it’s a great place to pick up your midnight snack before heading back to your room after a long day in the parks.)
Refrigerated areas offer some healthier for you snacks, too, like fruit, salads, and pre-made sammies.
But we were here to check out the unique pastries with tropical flavors!! Here we go!
As I approached the bakery case, I noticed many favorites that are standard across Disney World Resort food courts (Cheese Danish, Chocolate Croissants, and Cinnamon Rolls, among others).
But I was especially impressed to find several tropical treats to choose from. I counted eight in all: the Mango Almond Tartlet, Pineapple Turnover, Pineapple Coconut Muffin, Ginger Mango Muffin, Guava and Cheese Danish or Turnover, Mango Coconut Muffin, and the Banana Turnover. Welcome to the Islands!
I was tempted to grab what would most obviously suit my tastes: the Guava and Cheese Danish. There are few things I love more than a Cream Cheese Danish. Add to that a dollop of Guava puree and… GOOD MORNING!!
Since that one was a no-brainer, I thought it best to try some of the pastries that were unlike things I already know and love. I carried my choices to the outdoor seating area… not a bad place to start the day, huh?
First up? I tried… The Mango Almond Tartlet.
This tartlet is a light pastry base topped with almonds and a few positively HUGE mango pieces, then drizzled with icing.
I was expecting an almond taste to the pastry from an added extract, but the almond flavor was purely from the shaved almonds themselves. I enjoyed the pairing of the nuts with the mango — they lent a nice crunch to the softened fruit, and the icing delivered just enough sweetness. It’s definitely one of the more unique pastries I’ve seen in the Disney Resorts.
Next… The Banana Turnover.
I had high hopes for this one due to the combo of banana and chocolate. This one is a flaky pastry stuffed with chunks of banana and chocolate drizzle on top.
The chocolate drizzle, I think, is where the turnover didn’t meet expectations. The drizzle seemed to be more of a chocolate syrup as opposed to a thicker sauce. The weaker consistency caused the chocolate to soak into the pastry instead of remain on top of it, so what should have been a flaky crust ended up soggy. The flavors were exactly what I’d hoped for, but were unfortunately overshadowed by the texture.
As a coconut fan, I just had to grab the Mango Coconut Muffin.
This muffin is pretty straightforward in presentation. No icing or streusel to be found, no surprises tucked inside –- just a dusting of toasted coconut on top, and coconut flakes throughout.
The flavors were really quite subtle. Honestly, I didn’t detect much mango at all -– maybe just the slightest bit in the aftertaste. But the coconut flavor and toasted coconut bits were just right, and I would get one again in a heartbeat. It’s a terrific option if you’re looking for something quick, easy, and tasty to grab on your way out to the Parks, and also a great choice if you prefer something not overly sweet or sugary first thing in the morning.
I love it when the Resort food courts embrace and express their themeing right down to food choices, even in something as simple as a breakfast pastry.
It’s just another one of those things that gives each Resort its own special touch.
Have you tried any of the tropical pastries at Caribbean Beach? What’s your must-grab breakfast item in the Resorts? Let us know with a comment!