We continue from Deconstructed Dish.
Refreshment Port, the permanent building on the right as you head towards Canada, adds a couple of unique offerings for this year’s Festival of the Arts.
The Lobster Chips are probably what you want to key in on here. The Traditional Poutine and Beef Brisket Poutine are semi-permanent options. Unlike most of the Festival Dishes, the Lobster Nachos do not quality for a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan, so keep that in mind.
The Ciderboys Zen Berry Apple Boysenberry Hard Cider and Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc make their debut here this year as well.
Lobster Chips: House-made Chips, Lobster, Lobster Bisque Cheese Sauce, Pickled Jalapeños and Citrus Cream – $10.50
This is a relatively sizable plate of of thick, crunchy, salty chips topped with quite a bit of chunky Lobster Meat. The Lobster Bisque Cheese Sauce is exactly that – rich, decadent, and cheesy with a pleasant, creamy lobster flavor. The Pickled Jalapenos are legitimately spicy, and while there aren’t a ton of them, they do a nice job of bringing the fire to a couple of bites. There are also a few slices of milder Red Pepper along with a little bit of the cool, zesty Citrus Cream to round things out. Last year, I compared the dish to something you’d pick up at your local Crab Shack, but I think the sheer amount of lobster involved elevates these higher than what you’d receive at your typical chain restaurant. It’s not nearly as uppity as a lot of the dishes that we’ll see around the Festival, but it sure is satisfying. On the downside, the cost is up $1.51 in price over last year, when the same dish cost $8.99.
Surprisingly, we don’t see an expensive Bloody Mary offered this year. In past years, we’ve seen something like this $16 version.
The Ciderboys Zen Berry Apple Boysenberry Hard Cider moves over here from the Light Lab circa 2018. It’s a very sweet cider that enjoys a crisp finish with plenty of apple and not a whole lot of boysenberry. That’s it on the bottom flight on the far right.
We’ve seen the Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc before, too. If you’re wondering just how nutty I am, I remembered seeing the same wine on this menu from California Grill in 2013, when it was $90 a bottle.
It’s an outstanding Sauvignon Blanc, rich and textured with a delicious, fruity nose with plenty of pear, peach, and nectarine notes. It makes virtually no sense that it’s offered at Refreshment Port, but it’s easily the best white wine served at the Festival, and pairs beautifully with the seafood-y richness of the Lobster Nachos. It’s a really surprising combination that I doubt very many people are going to try.
Overall, Refreshment Port brings a strong, comforting dish with the Lobster Nachos, and a real surprise in the Sauvignon Blanc.