Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Downtown Disney: Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen

The view from our seats:

A few days ago, my roommate and I decided to go to Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen for dinner. Both of us had wanted to eat there for a while and finally we made it happen. I went and made reservations after I saw The Avengers that morning and we got them for 7 that night.

The whole night was a mess and a disappointment.

First of all, it was ridiculously busy because it was a Friday night so we couldn't find parking anywhere at the Downtown Disney parking lot so we went to Mickey and Friends parking and walked to Downtown Disney.

We got to the restaurant at 7:10 and they said they were behind in reservations and that it would be another 10-15 minute wait. We waited 45 minutes before we were able to go in. We walked upstairs to the second level and waited five more minutes for someone to take us to our seats. By this time we are starving.

Finally, we get seated on the balcony at the tables that had been empty the entire 45 minutes we were sitting downstairs waiting to go in. We know this because we were sitting outside looking at all of the empty tables. It appeared that they were over-staffed but no one seemed to actually be doing much, a lot of people were just standing around. I don't understand how they run things there.

So we sit down and look over the menu. Were expecting and hoping for typical Cajun food like jambalaya, gumbo, po boys, but it was weird. They had jambalaya pasta with Italian noodles instead of rice and their grits had flour in them- in other words, not proper Cajun food. My roommate got the jambalaya pasta thing and I wanted the shrimp and grits but because the grits had flour in them I had to get shrimp with crawfish mashed potatoes.

It was very delicious, the shrimps and mashed potatoes alike. Everything was seasoned well and tasted great but the portion was not enough. By the time we got our food we were very, very hungry and for the prices they charged we thought they could have at least offered a small salad or soup with entrees, but there was nothing, just the entree. The dishes and servings looked huge but we both finished our meals and were still very, very hungry. I didn't feel my meal was worth $30 but that’s what it cost. This is hard because the food tasted great, but I don't think I will eat at the Jazz Kitchen again.


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