We continue from Pineapple Promenade.
The Citrus Blossom situates itself on the Canada side of World Showcase across from Refreshment Port.
Most importantly, this is where you’ll find the Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup. On the first day, they were limiting guests to ten cups per person. The following day, the limit dropped to one per person. Supposedly, they have 45,000 cups, which means they may not last much longer. Otherwise, everything on the menu is new.
Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon — $8
This is the first time that a straight up Lobster Tail has appeared on a Festival menu in recent memory. Typically, we see a Lobster Roll served for more money during Food and Wine and we’ve seen Lobster-topped Nachos, Lobster-topped Asparagus, Lobster-topped Macaroni and Cheese Bread Cones, and other instances over the years. The $8 Tail is about what you would expect. There’s a thin stick through it, which makes the meat easy to extract from the shell and there’s a solid seven or eight bites of what ends up being straightforward Lobster with just a hint of citrus. Since Lobster Tails are typically on the expensive side, we thought the price point was one of the fairer offers at the Festival. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.
Tuna Tataki with Spicy Yuzu Glaze, Mango, Avocado and Pappadam Crisp — $6.25
This was significantly better. While the portion might not look particularly heaping on the plate, there’s seven sizable slices of sushi-grade, nicely-seasoned Tuna on top of the Pappadam Crisp. The creamy Avocado and fruity Mango do a nice job of making each bite interesting and the unadvertised roe adds an additional salty element. While “Spicy Yuzu Glaze” is in the description, we didn’t detect much fire, which may be a good thing. The citrus flavors complemented the Tuna nicely. The Crisp underneath doesn’t add much to the dish – it’s neither crispy nor flavorful – but it does elegantly hold everything together in the corner of the plate. The dish ends up being a table-service-quality appetizer at a relatively low price. A Festival highlight.
Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens — $5.75
The Chicken is coated in a thin, crispy batter with a thick citrus-forward sauce on top. It’s a nice “safe” choice for those averse to seafood, but I don’t think it does anything that demands a purchase. It is a relatively large cutlet for the money, though. You won’t hate it.
Citrus Shortcake: Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream, Citrus Crumble — $4.25
This light, airy cake carries a mild orange flavor alongside the bright slices of Mandarin, the sweet Whipped Cream, and the zesty Citrus Crumble. I like the Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake from the nearby Honey Bee-stro more, but this is a nice way to end one of the best overall Kitchens at the Festival.
Orange Cream Slushy in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup — $14
These Orange Bird Sipper Cups are all the rage.
Standing about eight inches tall, the Bird is full of an Orange-Julius-like, thin orange substance. It’s marketed as a “slushy,” but you won’t find your typical icy, frozen texture here. Instead, the consistency is similar to a melted Creamsicle bar. The very sweet orange and vanilla flavors are probably too sweet to be refreshing, but most people are probably after the souvenir vessel, anyway. For $14, the construction of the bright orange plastic bird “feels” pretty good in the hand and will probably look great on your shelf and/or eBay page. I’d recommend picking one up if you like this sort of collectible.
Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy — $6.50
The Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy was probably my favorite drink of the entire Festival. At under seven bucks, it’s also a relative steal with the sweet, creamy, perfectly-frozen-yet-still-very-sippable slush filling the plastic martini glass up to the brim.
It’s basically a sweeter, more orangelicious (not a word) version of the Wine Slushy served at New Zealand during Food and Wine. There probably isn’t a ton of wine involved here, but it’s so tasty and refreshing that it might not matter. I’d definitely recommend picking one up. You’ll come away with more Slush than the typical non-alcoholic cup for just about two dollars more.
Beer Flight with Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale, First Magnitude Brewing Lemon Hefeweizen, Heavy Seas Brewery TropiCannon Citrus IPA – $9.50
With two local options and an IPA from Maryland, this trio offers an interesting assortment of flavors. The Islamorada Coconut Key Lime Ale is heavy on the coconut flavor that lingers throughout the sip with just a brief tinge of zesty lime at the beginning. The First Magnitude Lemon Hefeweizen tastes just like you would expect, with a heavier punch of lemon at the onset, followed by a little bit of banana and clove on the back end. Finally, the Heavy Seas TropiCannon was our least favorite with a surprisingly thin mouthfeel with an artificial citrus flavor. It’s worth trying as part of the Flight, but I don’t think I’d go out of my way to order it individually.
Overall, there are some enjoyable choices in the Flight and it’s a nice opportunity to give some beers a try that you might not pick up otherwise.
Citrus Blossom is a smart stop with an assortment of solid dishes at prices that are in the vicinity of reasonable. I’m not sure anybody saw Disney serving a petite lobster tail at a Festival for less money than the miniature Lobster Roll that they’ve been serving at Food and Wine for years. The Tuna is outstanding and the drink lineup is above average as well, whether you want to go for the Souvenir Cup or the Beer/Wine Slushy route. You can probably offset the stop by flipping an Orange Bird Sipper on eBay too, so everything is sort of free. You can’t beat that.