Edit: Disney Food Blog has a Lobster Roll Review today as well. The one they (guest bloggers) received looks more like what I received at Tomorrowland Terrace a few months ago, making me think that the lobster glop may be a “luck of the draw” thing. See review here: http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/08/30/guest-review-new-columbia-harbour-house-menu-in-magic-kingdom/. You may want to take a peek at what other people are carrying out of the kitchen before ordering.
You may recall from last week that Columbia Harbour House’s menu has changed recently. While nothing too drastic is at hand, there are a few new entrees and a couple of entrees that are no longer with us. Check here: https://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized/new-menu-items-at-columbia-harbour-house-higher-prices-magic-kingdom-wide/ if you missed the update (which also includes a review of the chocolate gelato, baked salmon, couscous, and steamed broccoli). We’re headed back today to try the Lobster Roll and Mango Gelato.
I’ve had Disney World’s fast food version of a Lobster Roll from Tomorrowland Terrace, reviewed here: https://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized/a-couple-days-at-magic-kingdom/. I was so impressed by the chunks of lobster that I asked to see the list of ingredients. Lo and behold, the main ingredient was indeed lobster, rather than some sort of flavored substitute. It should be noted again that you can ask for a list of ingredients at the cash register of any quick service. They are all equipped with a large binder full of every ingredient in every item on the menu.
Okay, I’m going to have to warn you again. This isn’t the most appetizing looking item. Click through at your own risk, preferably at a time when you haven’t just eaten and have no plans to eat in the near future.
This is much more mayonnaise-y than the Tomorrowland Terrace version, with significantly less identifiable lobster. There’s a piece or two in there, but most of it is specks lost in a mess of mayo. On the plus side, it does still taste good, at least to my indiscernible palette. There just isn’t a whole lot to it – it’s basically a roll with a lot of mayo, some celery, a little green onion, and a miniscule amount of real lobster. After thoroughly enjoying the Lobster Roll from Tomorrowland Terrace just three months ago, it was a bit disappointing. Speaking of “pluses,” it also comes with a bag of chips, rather than the inconsistent chips that are prepared somewhere on site. You may recall the chips served at Tomorrowland Terrace, Diamond Horseshoe, and other locations are a bizarre mix of soft and hard, too-salty and not-salty-enough. The bagged chips are a major improvement, even if they are your basic run-of-the-mill kettle chip.
Overall, I don’t think I would recommend this incarnation of the Lobster Roll. The salmon was a better entree overall if you’re trying to stay away from fried food and the Fried Shrimp Platter remains my favorite item on the menu. If you’re willing to splurge on a little deep-fried-goodness, stick to the shrimp.
I wasn’t planning on ordering the no-sugar-added gelato this trip, but the taste of the Lobster Roll lingers a bit longer than one might like, so I headed over to Cosmic Ray’s. You may recall my review of the chocolate gelato a couple of days ago here: https://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized/angus-pizza-burger-and-gelato-review-new-cosmic-rays-starlight-cafe-menu/ (WARNING: MORE GRAPHIC IMAGES CLICK AT OWN RISK).
According to the menu, this is a “No-Sugar-Added Mango Gelato.” The container calls it an Italian Sorbet. Semantics, I guess. It’s sort of an off-putting yellow, but soooooooooooooooo good. OMG. Divine. If you like sorbet or chilled fruit treats in general, this should be a winner. It’s also a nice changeup from the prepackaged cakes on the Disney Dining Plan and much more refreshing on those hot Florida days. Highly recommended.
So far, we’re about one out of three on new entrees.
But the worst is yet to come.