Sebastian’s Bistro is the desk service restaurant providing at Disney’s Caribbean Seaside Resort.
This eatery opened final October as intensive renovations on the Reasonable Resort got here to an finish. Our first go to to Sebastian’s was nice (see our evaluate and first look right here!), however we weren’t precisely speeding again to strive it. For starters, though it’s a stunning restaurant, it’s off the crushed path a bit for those who’re not staying on the resort.
However the meals additionally didn’t knock our socks off. It was good, but it surely wasn’t nice. Our recommendation on the time was to not exit of your solution to strive it, however that you simply would possibly give the Caribbean-inspired dishes a whirl for those who have been close by.
Would our most up-to-date dinner change this advice? Or is Sebastian’s prone to sinking below the ocean? The restaurant has already closed its lunch providing, so now it’s open just for dinner.
Sebastian’s Bistro is the Resort’s substitute for the previously lackluster Shutters, and the up to date decor was a welcome change. Proper from the entry, it’s clear you’re within the Caribbean (Disney’s model, anyway). Shutters (the architectural element, not the outdated restaurant) offer you an island vibe, and the colours are vibrant.
On this night time, the Resort and its centerpiece Outdated Port Royale (the place you’ll discover Sebastian’s in addition to Banana Cabana and Centertown Market) had been rained upon, and the moist wooden surfaces someway enforced much more dramatically the Caribbean really feel.
The eating room has a breezy, beachy really feel attributable to excessive ceilings and ocean-inspired colours and fixtures.
Seating is at tables with comfortable chairs upholstered in material in shades of blue. The white-washed wooden tables are chunky however convey the brightness of the seaside.
Desk settings are easy, with the water-color menu actually taking middle stage. As a result of why shouldn’t it?
The restaurant’s titular crab seems to be joyful as he cavorts amongst the coral, and for those who’re not smiling proper now taking a look at him, are you even human? (Higher test for fins!)
Sebastian’s opened final October, however as is usually the case at Walt Disney World’s desk service eating places, the menu has already skilled some modifications. We stopped in for dinner to strive a couple of gadgets we hadn’t beforehand reviewed.
The Drink Menu options a couple of enjoyable Non-Alcoholic Specialty Drinks (take notice, these of you on Disney Eating Plan!), together with The Peachcomber, Mutiny Punch, and Landlubber Lemonade.
Specialty Cocktails additionally obtain a little bit of an island twist with choices like a Guava-Rita, the Caribbean Smuggler, and a Caribbean Mai Tai. The place’s all of the rum? It’s additionally right here: combined in drinks and served up in a flight!
The menu of Appetizers, Dinner Mains, and an Enhancement embrace Caribbean flavors like Jerk Rooster Wings, Coconut Shrimp and Grits, and Spiny Lobster Tail.
And Desserts supply fruity and chocolatey bits like Mango-Ardour Fruit Panna Cotta and Heat Chocolate Pudding (with cocoa nib tuile!).
We ordered the Empanada Sampler, which options two fillings: one grilled fish and one braised beef.
The fillings are encased in flaky fried pastry, and these have been fortunately fried such that they didn’t soak up (and due to this fact style of) an excessive amount of grease. The frying additionally achieved a pleasant browning and crisp edges.
The fish filling is mahi mahi, and whereas it was nice, this wasn’t a giant hit. The flavors weren’t dynamic sufficient for our group.
The braised beef, however, was very flavorful, and the quantity stuffed into the empanada was beneficiant. This was juicy and tender — actually an awesome choice. We’d strive ordering this with simply beef sooner or later. So much less “sampler” and extra “beef”. 😉
For dipping, the Sampler contains Guajillo Chili Sauce. That is very a lot a tomato sauce with solely a touch of pepper and no warmth to talk of, so don’t fret for those who’re heat-averse. It was nice however not wonderful.
The Cuban Black Bean Soup was a scrumptious and hearty choice. We think about a bowl of this within the cooler days of winter could be extremely satisfying.
The stewed black beans are vegan, in keeping with our server, and so they have been tasty on their very own. However for carnivores, the toppings are actually the celebrities of the soup. Home-made Chorizo was superior — spicy, meaty, and scrumptious. Our solely grievance in regards to the chorizo is that we needed extra chorizo.
Jasmine Rice, Micro-cilantro, and a swirl of herbed Bitter Cream accomplished the dish, and every aspect contributed one thing to the dish. The starchy rice was a pleasant conduit for the stronger flavors, the cilantro added a lightweight freshness, and the bitter cream was a considerate distinction.
Total, this was a reasonably stellar bowl of soup. Vegan readers will wish to verify when eating at Sebastian’s, however the soup on our go to was vegan, and so with out the chorizo and bitter cream, it might be a simplified however nonetheless yummy choice. Word that there are presently additionally a few different vegan/vegetarian appetizer choices, making this a reasonably great spot for plant-based apps!
For Dinner Mains, we went a meatier route with the Style of the Caribbean. This can be a trio of parts (chosen by the diner) with sides of rice, black beans, and shaved carrot. We opted for Coconut Shrimp, Jerk Rooster, and Gradual-cooked Pork, however different choices embrace Goat Curry and a Plant-based Curry.
Earlier than we dig in, let’s chat in regards to the Goat Curry. Beforehand, the menu included a Goat Curry choice, but it surely was omitted on the present menu. Our server instructed us that if diners want to take action, they’ll order the Style of the Caribbean with three servings of Goat Curry. The identical is feasible for the Plant-based Curry, so vegan and vegetarian diners can go for that if they need. (Though there’s a less expensive Caribbean Vegetable Curry which may work, too!)
Okay, again to the meal at hand. The Jerk Rooster element of our Style of the Caribbean was a tasty play on spicy (from the jerk rub) and candy (from the glaze). The rooster was grilled (take a look at these grill marks!), and it was actually good.
The Gradual-Cooked Pork was our favourite of the trio. It had the proper degree of saltiness and seasoning, and it was extremely tender. We may inform it was genuinely slow-cooked. So scrumptious. We may most likely double-up or triple-up on the pork on this dish and be happy (and full!).
The Coconut Shrimp was our least favourite element, however that’s to not say it wasn’t good! There simply wasn’t something notably particular about them, in order that they couldn’t compete with the flavorful rooster and pork. These have been fried completely and had a superb ratio of breading and coconut.
The edges have been primary and nice on the dish, with that rice actually benefiting from glaze run-off from the rooster. Total, this was a scrumptious plate of meals. And at $32 for this principal entree, it could possibly be a terrific table-service credit score worth on the Disney Eating Plan! (Pair it with a cocktail and dessert for a complete DDP worth of effectively over $50!)
One other nice DDP worth (and expensive out-of-pocket choice) is the Grilled Rib-Eye. This juicy steak is a 10-oz. lower of USDA Alternative Rib-Eye, and it’s full of taste!
The flavour comes primarily from a slathering of Chimichurri sauce, heavy on the cilantro and garlic!
The steak was cooked to our specified doneness, so no complaints there. And whereas the server defined the steak will not be marinated, it definitely eats as if it was — that’s to say, it’s tremendous tender and wonderful to eat.
Additionally pretty: the Candy Potato-Plantain Mash! This was surprisingly good. We discovered it to be a good steadiness of candy and savory, and it was a colourful accompaniment for the steak.
Including freshness to the dish is a pile of Arugula Salad tossed in a lightweight French dressing and a few Roasted Peppers. We loved these, too!
We ended our completely indulgent meal with another indulgence: Traditional Mile Excessive Key Lime Pie. Why the mile-high moniker?
Because of this! A veritable mountain of shiny vanilla meringue! It’s toasted golden-brown, and it was enjoyable to eat. However for those who’re not a meringue fan, you’ll undoubtedly wish to go a unique route as a result of that is fairly severe. (Discover, although, that the meringue is separated from the important thing lime custard itself by a skinny layer of… we’re undecided. It didn’t add any taste, however we surmise it’s there for stability.)
The key lime custard itself was dense, wealthy, and tart: actually, actually scrumptious!
Although the menu doesn’t say this, our slice got here with a scoop of guanabana sorbet and a few diced tropical fruit. In keeping with our server, the kitchen has three flavors of sorbet — guanabana, mango-lime, and guava — and there’s no solution to know precisely which yours will include. So when you have a choice, undoubtedly ask about this if you place your order!
Additionally: good day, thick, buttery graham cracker crust! How attractive is that?!
In case you have been questioning, we couldn’t end all of this meals. 😉 Our server kindly packed it up and included some stylish plasticware so we may benefit from the leftovers later. This can be a nice assist for these staying on the Resort who wish to restrict meals waste and maximize their midnight snacking!
So, phew! We’re full! Not solely that, we left very happy from this meal expertise!
Nosh or Not?
Make a take care of a sea witch for some fins so you possibly can swim into Sebastian’s if:
You’re keen on the flavors of the Caribbean and wish to take pleasure in them on trip.
You’re calling Caribbean Seaside house, and also you wish to strive all the Resort’s eating places.
You’re on a mission to strive cuisines of the world whereas within the World.
Level your toes elsewhere if:
You aren’t staying at or touring close to Caribbean Seaside Resort.
Desk service meals or Resort eating aren’t in your schedule this journey.
The flavors of the Caribbean simply aren’t your factor. (There’s LOTS of cilantro.)
This go to to Sebastian’s was undoubtedly a step-up from our final one. And whereas we nonetheless assume it’s too inconveniently situated to be a must-do advice, as soon as the Disney Skyliner opens, it could be extra accessible and definitely worth the 5-15 minute journey via the skies from Epcot. For positive the flavors evoke the Caribbean, and the ambiance is each relaxed and stylish, making it a pleasant place to dine total. Will life at all times be the bubbles at Sebastian’s Bistro? We are able to’t know for positive… so we’ll should swim on again!
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