So, what happens if you get a craving for cuisine from “Down in New Orleans” when you’re at sea?
Well, if you’re sailing on the Disney Wonder with Disney Cruise Line, we’ve got an answer for you. You’ll pay a visit to Tiana’s Place, the newest rotational dining restaurant on the Disney Wonder!
The Disney Wonder recently set sail having received a re-imagineering (also known as a major makeover) involving updates and additions to areas all across the ship. While the makeover in some ways is similar to the Disney Magic (which was re-imagined in 2013), the Wonder has a few new features all its own, including Tiana’s Place.
This new restaurant has taken the spot of a previous rotational dining room, Parrot Cay. And here’s what I find really exciting about it: if you’ve seen the Disney animated film The Princess and the Frog, then you know Tiana’s dream was to open her very own restaurant in her home city of New Orleans. The name? Tiana’s Place! So you’re stepping into the restaurant of a Disney Princess when you walk in!
DisneyCruiseLineBlog.com has provided a look at the menu for Tiana’s where the influence of New Orleans cuisine is seen along with tributes to characters from the film. For instance, Prince Naveen’s Charcuterie Board is an Appetizer option, alongside Boudin Sausage Fritters, Sauteed Gulf Shrimp and Grits, and Ahi Tuna Tartare. (The meal also starts with Bread Service, which at Tiana’s is an Herbed Brioche with Roasted Onion Dip.)
Soups and Salads include a New Orleans Seafood Pepper Pot, Mama Odie’s Creamy Tomato Soup, an Iceberg Wedge, and a Pickled Gulf Shrimp and Satsuma Orange Salad.
Entrees feature Charlotte La Bouff’s Bucatini Pasta, Cajun Spiced Sea Bass on shrimp jambalaya, Roasted Creole Half Chicken, James’s Roasted Pork Tenderloin, and Big Daddy’s Roasted Prime-Rib of Beef.
The two Vegetarian Entrees are Eudora’s Artichoke Ravioli and Honey-Roasted Butternut Squash while Lighter Note Offerings include Warm Water Lobster Salad, Grilled Grain-fed Sirloin Steak, Slow-Roasted Breast of Chicken, and Oven-Baked Filet of Salmon.
The Desserts, though, may just steal the whole show… because Tiana is serving up BEIGNETS!! (Um…of COURSE she is!)
Tiana serves her Beignets with a Chocolate Espresso Dipping Sauce. Other sweet options are Chocolate Doberge Cateau, Mama Odie’s White Chocolate Bread Pudding, New Orleans Bananas Foster Sundae, a Southern Style Pecan Nut Tart with Bourbon Caramel Sauce, and a No-Sugar-Added Lemon Raspberry Mousse Bombe.
The food at Tiana’s Place is accompanied by LIVE music (including a performance by Tiana!), and the scene is further set with Tiana’s family photos and water lily-shaped candleholders. So, congratulations, Tiana, on your dream-come-true restaurant. We can’t wait to experience for ourselves!
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