Carthay Circle is a restaurant located in Disney California Adventure Park. This is one of the few formal dining restaurants in the park where you can get a nice meal. The inside of the restaurant has an old school upscale atmosphere and it’s a reproduction of the Cathay Circle Theatre where Walt Disney premiered his first feature film, Snow White, in 1937.
I ordered a rose petal soda ($3.50) that was made with sparkling water, rose essence, and topped with a sugar crusted edible rose petal. The rose essence had a fragrant and sweet floral flavour. Although the drink was sweet, it was still refreshing after a hot day in the park. The edible rose petal was crunchy and it was like eating a rose candy.
For an appetizer, I got the fire cracker duck wings ($12). The wings were deep fried and coated in a soy, lime, and sriracha chili sauce.
The duck meat was fall off the bone tender and full of flavour. The wings had a nice crisp coating. The sauce was bold and had some heat to it. The cilantro on top of the wings added fresh flavour. These tasted amazing and they are one of the best food items I’ve ever had in the park.
For my main I got the Korean pulled pork sandwich that comes with a side of fries ($18). The sandwich is filled with cucumbers, pickled onions, pulled pork, a fried egg, and cilantro.
The pork was incredibly tender and it had a light coating of a sweet and slightly spicy asian style sauce. The pickled veggies were a nice fresh touch. The fried egg on top gave the sandwich a little something extra and took it above the average pulled pork sandwich. The egg was beautifully cooked and the golden yolk oozed out over everything and added extra moisture.
The plate also comes with a side of kimchi that you can put on your sandwich. It wasn’t overpowering and I found it enjoyable.
The double fried fries were well executed, but my sandwich was so large I hardly ate any of them.
Overall, my family enjoyed our experience at Carthay Circle. The food is pricy, but all of the items were well executed and delicious. The ambiance and service were impressive and it’s a good option for people who are sick of the typical American fare that the park mostly has.
Yes, for an expensive, but nice meal in Disneyland.