THIS WAS EATEN IN AUGUST OF 2014. AS ALWAYS, PLEASE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THE DISH IS STILL MADE GLUTEN-FREE OR IS MADE SO FOR YOU BEFORE ORDERING!
The hubby and I had kept meaning to go to Carthay Circle but things had always been not quite right for a number of reasons. During a recent trip, we FINALLY made a point to go there for my boot’s off celebration dinner!
We started off downstairs. Once you check in, there’s usually a bit of a wait but there are cocktail waiters ready to hand you a beverage. After a glass of the Fairy Tale Cuvee, we were brought up to the gorgeous dining room. The space is surprisingly large and there are smaller dining rooms off the main room. The walls are lined with wine, all with numbered tags on them. The ambiance is very nice, a quiet respite from the madness outside.
[images src=”http://www.onecraftypotato.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/IMG_3432.jpg” title=”Salad” caption=”Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salad” url=”http://www.onecraftypotato.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/IMG_3432.jpg”]
[images src=”http://www.onecraftypotato.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/IMG_3434.jpg” title=”Dinner” caption=”Summer Garden Risotto” url=”http://www.onecraftypotato.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/IMG_3434.jpg”]
forgive me for the dark photos. The lighting there is definitely for mood and not photography!
When I asked, I was told that anything could be made gluten-free. Awesome! I like to hear that! Ultimately, I went with the Heirloom Tomato and Avocado salad and the Summer Garden Risotto, both of which required little-to-no changes (salad usually includes croutons.) The salad was amazingly good, so good that I ordered it on my second trip and I’m not usually a salad person! The risotto was good, but not for me. It was quite citrus-y which I know some people love but I’m not among them. However, still a fantastic risotto and something I’d suggest to anyone who did enjoy citrus!
We had wanted to order dessert but we were WAY too full after our dinners to even consider it. In fact, that was the case the second time we went as well! Overall, this is definitely not a cheap option (with drinks, I think it worked out to around $100 per diner) but if you’re looking for a very nice meal inside California Adventure, do consider Carthay… if you can get in!