Friday, June 05, 2015
First Visit to "New" Club 33 Pt. 3
Time for dinner at Club 33! I finally got to see the OTHER side of this unfortunate window that has caused a little bit of a furor in the fan community. If you can't see the reason for the commotion, then maybe you shouldn't read the rest of this post.
While we're outside, here are a few views from the balconies:
Had to zoom in for a closer look at this beautiful portrait, reminiscent of the Gibson Girl era.
And now back to the dining room. It seemed somewhat familiar, but the remodel has not done it any favors. Like so much of the Park, it now seemed more congested and crowded with tables.
Surprisingly, the window treatments were less ornate. In fact, most of the dining room seemed less formal. Wicker seats strewn throughout, a lighter color palette, and the profusion of cheap looking ornamental trim on the walls (which was very poorly installed).
Most of the light fixtures remained.
The china now has the Club's melting door knocker logo on it.
On a positive note, the food was delicious, which is not a surprise since Andrew Sutton is involved. Here is a shot of our amuse-bouche:
The downside is that you could go over to Napa Rose and enjoy a very similar meal but in a much warmer more inviting atmosphere.
I would also add that the service is much better at Napa Rose. The staff at Club 33 seems as if they just finished a crash course in how to serve dinner in a classy joint, and are having a very difficult time remembering. Some also seem afraid that they might be beaten if they screw up.
Guests have the choice of choosing a 4- or 5-course meal.
The palette refresher was a nice little touch.
When it came time for the entree to be served, some of our table was out on the balcony enjoying the view. The wait staff arrived with the silver trays and were having a somewhat frightened discussion about whether they should serve the entrees or not. Eventually they decided to throw caution to the wind, remove the silver lids, and hope that the missing patrons wouldn't mind missing the show. And yes…that's one lamb chop. With a multi-course meal, I can understand small portions, but one lamb chop for an entrée seems laughable, especially considering the prices being charged here.
The dessert was delicious and as is typical at most high-end restaurants these days, the emphasis is on the presentation.
Despite the negatives, the views from the balcony at night are still spectacular.
Even the mangled Court of Angels regains SOME of its luster at night.
As I was leaving, I looked back up at the Club. My tinge of regret was knowing that I really didn't care one way or the other if I returned again.
I came, I saw, I photographed.
Sadly, unlike my visits to the previous incarnation, I did not feel as if I had experienced the exclusive magic and rich history of what Club 33 originally stood for. Now, it just seems like any other formatted high-end Disney restaurant that you could find in Orlando…only not quite as good.
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