By Jennifer Stuart
Cafe Orleans is a Table Service restaurant in the New Orleans Square area of Disneyland serving both lunch and dinner with, unsurprisingly, a New Orleans inspired menu. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available. There is a touch of history in the indoor seating section with warm wood paneling and cool air-conditioning, but the patio has the great ambience of being in the heart of New Orleans Square. The following is a review of menu items from our last visit.
Pictured are the Pomme Frites. They look like just another plate of fries but don't be fooled. These are pure magic in your mouth. These fries are caked in a delicious layer of parmesan and garlic and are accompanied by 2 little cups of cajun dipping sauce. The dipping sauce was great and not really spicy---my kids liked it and they are anti-spice for sure. The mistake we made was ordering one portion as an appetizer for the table. We all loved them and they were quickly demolished! $7USD
This was my husband's pick. He ordered the bowl sized gumbo. This is a stew with chicken, ham and sausage served with a Louisiana style rice. He said that the ham was good and the sausage was OK. The spice on this one is mild to medium ---so probably not that authentic to those used to gumbo from the south. In terms of portion size it wasn't huge so maybe as a combination with another appetizer (get the pomme frites) unless you are a light eater. (Get the pommel frites anyway).
Gumbo cup $7 USD - bowl $10 USD
Pictured is the famous Monte Cristo Sandwich. This is a turkey, ham and swiss cheese sandwich that is lightly battered and deep fried. It is then dusted with powdered sugar and served with a berry puree dipping sauce. The portion is HUGE and more than enough deep fried goodness for 2 people. This is also available in a Three Cheese version. That is my preferred version - I am a cheese lover! The Three Cheese Monte Chisto is made with swiss, mozzarella and brie. Two of us split this with a side salad and it was more than enough. Both versions are $21 USD.
Insider Tip: This is the same famous Monte Cristo served at the Blue Bayou. There you will pay $27 USD for the same sandwich (with included cup of gumbo or minuscule salad).
this is the beef crepe. It is a savoury crepe wrapped around a beef bourgeon filling. Doug had this one and really enjoyed it. The meat was tender and it had a lot of flavour. Served with lightly cooked veggies and some extra saws poured on. (This item is not currently available)
There used to be a Fried Green Tomato Sandwich at the Hungry Bear Restaurant and when it was taken off the menu there it was given a bit of an upgrade and moved to Cafe Orleans. This was a really great sandwich. It all tasted very fresh and had great texture. (this item is not currently available)
Blackened Chicken Salad . This meal salad was blackened chicken breast served over greens, orange segments and candied pecans. The dressing was a light citrus vinaigrette. The blackened chicken was delicious and had a bit of spice but not too much. the combinations of flavours were really delicious. It was a nice fresh and light menu item and made a great lunch item. (this is not currently available)
This is the Lobster Cobb Salad. Lobster, bacon, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and corn served over mixed greens with an avocado vinaigrette. Kim gives this one a big thumbs up. A nice, lighter option with a good portion of lobster for a salad. $23USD (this menu item is not currently available.)
Bourbon Street Chicken. This was a chicken breast with honey bourbon sauce. Served with a flavoured rice and steamed veggies. ˇhe chicken breast was a decent size but compared to some menu items this is a lighter option that could leave room for dessert. $20USD
Seafood Gratin this is like a hot crab dip. These toasts are called "croutons" on the menu. and are for dipping or scooping up the dip. This was fine but certainly not our favourite menu item. $12 USD
For dessert we split a plate of Mickey Beignets. These are an airy deep fried dough that is
topped with Powdered Sugar and served with a fruit coulis and a vanilla bean cream for dipping sauces. Of course they are Mickey shaped. The beignets were light and generously dusted with powdered sugar. Both dipping sauces were good but my son wanted to lick the vanilla cream when we were done. The beignets can change up seasonally-- pictured are the pumpkin version available in the fall. If you like pumpkin pie then I can whole-heartedly recommend this version to you! Again, this is a hard item to split. Plate of 4 was $9 USD
Insider Tip: If you like the beignets you can also get them (minus the dipping sauces) at the Mint Julep Bar for a significant savings. $4.49 USD for a 3 pack and $7.49 for a 6 pack.
Click here for the current Cafe Orleans menu
All Photos by Jennifer Stuart and Kim Stuart
Thoughts? Have you eaten at Cafe Orleans? Did you try the Monte Cristo? Do you have a favourite menu item?
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