|Address||Disney's Contemporary Resort|
Walt Disney World
M, T, W, TH, F, Sat, Sun
M , T , W , TH , F , Sat , Sun
No brunch offered
|Noise Level||Medium Noise Level|
The first full-serve to open at Disney in years, the Wave is an initial disappointment, not only in its food, which peters out on the plate, but in the decor, which peters out beyond the classy bar. There are two gimmicks here: a "green" menu (notice the "sustainable seafood of the day" selection), and a wine list comprised almost entirely of bottles with screwcap closures. Never fear, these are mainly premium wines gathered by master sommelier John Blazon.
The menu is surprisingly limited, and the food is even more surprisingly unexciting.
Appetizers were downright disappointing. The crab cakes had too much filler and a mealy texture. Lettuce wraps featured pebble-sized pieces of lamb along with bay scallops the size of an eraser on the end of a No. 2 pencil. They were sauteed in soy-rice wine vinegar and presented as a soggy mess that diners are supposed to scoop into lettuce leaves to eat. This one would have been a failure at half the price, which still would have been too much to charge.
The best among the entrees I sampled was the fish of the day, a halibut fillet. It was fresh-tasting and had a lovely crisped exterior and beautiful white flesh inside. It was topped with cilantro chutney that offered a nice herby note.
Braised chicken pot pie was an odd presentation of meat -- not much of it -- peas, mushrooms and carrots in a creamy sauce served in a small casserole with a flat biscuit on top. I get the pot part but where's the pie?
Braised lamb shank was a little more impressive, a huge hunk of tender meat laid atop a stew of bulgur wheat and lentils.
This Wave is like those at the beach that look like they're going to offer a terrific ride but then flatten out.
Disney's Contemporary Resort