Thursday, May 10, 2012

Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

For our first meal at the Disneyland Resort we headed over to the Disneyland Hotel to give one of the newest dining options a try, Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar.

Disney Geeks will delight in their journey to what's so much more than a mere bar or restaurant.  Inspired by the legends and lore of the world-famous Jungle Cruise and other popular Disney attractions, Trader Sam's is not only named for the "head" salesman of the Amazon, but features some of the exotic wares he has collected over the years.  Disney Imagineers had a field day collecting relevant treasures and trinkets that fill this establishment with fun.

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Though Disney calls the menu here "American" my picky Katie had a little had trouble finding something to eat.  I would call the menu more "Asian Pacific" inspired.

Pictured from front to back, we ordered a PuPu Platter had Tamarind-glazed Island Pork 'Wings', Sweet and Spicy Asian Wings, Panko-crusted Chinese Long Beans, Green Papaya Slaw, and Sriracha Aioli ($15.99)

Kalua Pork Flatbread - with Pulled Pork, Red Onion, Cilantro, Barbecue Sauce, and Mozzarella. $8.99

I also ordered Panko-Crusted Chinese Long Beans because I hoped that Katie would like them. They were served with Sriracha Aioli ($7.99)

And finally Lettuce Wraps with Sauteed Chicken and Hoisin Ginger Sauce ($9.99)

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There is an incredible custom drink menu at Trader Sams that drives the spirit of this fun and entertaining eatery. Guests soon discover that what they say may anger the Gods, as the ordering of certain menu items triggers careful imagineered responses within the restaurant. It's truly an exciting adventure that's a little different every time you go.

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I wanted to order the amazing, flaming Uh Oa! cocktail, that comes complete with elaborate ceremony to apease the gods. However, being the only person over 21 on our trip, I thought twice of ordering this drink that's designed for 2 or more people. Instead I asked my server for a "Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum" which is a cocktail made with Reserve Rum, Cream of Coconut, and Pineapple and Orange Juices then dusted with Cinnamon and Nutmeg.

Everyone had a fantastic time, and we'll be back!

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