Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lunchtime Under the Sea...

(For more of this trip report see previous posts and come back for updates.)

Our Valentines Day lunch date took place at...

Coral Reef gets lots of mixed reviews and I'll be honest with mine.

Atmosphere:  10

Coral Reef is sort of off the beaten path.  I like that.  It sort of felt like we were leaving the business of the park and heading to our own secluded area.  You enter by walking through the beautiful seahorse doors and the lobby is enchanting.  My pictures don't do it justice.  Jellyfish hang from the ceiling, mosaic tiles fill the room and give you that 'under the sea' ambiance, the lighting is low and relaxing.

Inside the seating in in a tiered level.  The lucky ones get to sit right next to the big aquarium.

Food:  Overall 7

Adult Entrees: 

This was the low point of the meal.  Greg had the grilled Mahi Mahi and it was pretty 'blah'.  Not a lot of flavor, very heavy.  It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great. He was disappointed.

I had the Lobster Ravioli.  I had been looking forward to it for years.  Yes, years.  Again, it was just okay.  Not terrible, but quite a let down.

Kids Meal:  

Hands down, this was the best kids meal of our entire trip.  It was simple- chicken, veggies, yogurt.  Belle was happy to take a break from pizza and chicken nuggets and gladly ate all of her food.  (Bonus points for the mickey shaped plate.)

This made up for the entree.  

I had the Baileys and Jack Daniel's Mousse, Gregg had the Chocolate Wave (a molten cake with raspberry sauce and raspberry gelato) and Belle had a brownie sundae.  We all agreed that these were the best desserts of the trip.  Perfect for Valentines Day!

Final thoughts:  While it wasn't the best Disney food we've ever tasted, the experience and atmosphere was top notch.  Lunch was relaxing and we felt pretty fancy.  Coral Reef would be a great place for a date or adults only trip.  (Not to say that I wouldn't suggest it to families either.)  

You can check out the whole menu here:  Coral Reef

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