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New Downtown Disney Jazz Kitchen Dining Review

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My family and I are currently enjoying a trip to Disneyland, and I’ve finally had a chance to sit down at the newly reopened Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney. The original restaurant, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, had always been a favorite of mine. With good food and an unbeatable atmosphere, a table near the piano was always a must-do on my Disney checklist. I had high expectations for the newly revamped interaction of this local iconic dining location, though admittedly, I was still skeptical. We were seated promptly upstairs in a smaller dining room, a space that seemed like such a departure from the lively musical tables I was used to. However, it didn’t take long for any feeling to subside. The menu had us spoiled for choice, with a handful of hard-to-choose-between dishes that already told me that I would need to come back. I pondered my options over drinks; my non-alcoholic Sunset Spritzer was just what I needed after a very long park day.

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It was straight into the mains for our table of tired Disney walkers. I was delighted with my Blackened Salmon (Pacific salmon, crispy Parmesan grit cake, poblano chili cream sauce, Mexican street corn $35). It was perfectly cooked and one of the most delicious things I have eaten on this whole trip. For my family, Grilled Sea Bass (Gulf shrimp, heirloom tomato salad, Tasso croquette, yellow pepper emulsion $38), Coastal Jambalaya (Gulf shrimp, La crawfish, andouille sausage, onions, peppers, garlic with toasted pasta pearls, seafood & charred tomato cream $38), and House Grind Bacon Burger (Housemade pimento cheese, butter lettuce, tomato, red onion, toasted brioche bun, French fries $25). Every menu item was just as good as the next, and the whole table went uncharacteristically silent while we devoured the meal.

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We aren’t usually much of a dessert family, but there was no way I could leave without trying the famous beignets! And that I did. We shared the Bananas Foster Glazed Beignets (Banana rum icing, cinnamon-sugar dust, caramel drizzle, vanilla bean crème anglaise $18) and the Hot Classic Beignets
(Signature French donuts topped generously with powdered sugar $15) and both were outstanding. Just as we were warned, these desserts were enormous, and we ended up taking most of them back to the hotel. Admittedly, I am eyeing them as I write this, leaving the distinct possibility that they won’t make it until tomorrow morning. This photo does not do them justice.

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The service was fabulous. Attentive and kind, but not in your face all the time; I really struggle with that. They were just lovely and seemingly genuine. Our small dining room proved to be a wonderful experience. The perfect refuge from the dropping temperatures outside while feeling elegant and inviting at the same time. Overall, I loved this new Jazz Kitchen. It has a similar charm to the earlier version, but a more modern feel to it that I think will do very nicely to complement the dining options in the Downtown Disney District once the full renovation of the area is complete.

Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.

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