I've never paid attention to Horizon Bay Restaurant. For some reason, it doesn't stand out to me. I've been to Disneysea a gazillion times, but this restaurant has never called out to me. When I walked past Ristorante Di Canaletto for the first time, I was like, "Damn, I wanna try dining here one day." I got that same good feeling with Magellan's, Sailing Day Buffet and a few other restaurants in Disneysea, but Horizon Bay Restaurant always manages to fly under my radar.
I have a few theories as to why this is. It might be because Horizon Bay Restaurant does not look exciting at all, from the outside. It looks like a metallic box. It's boring. It might be because Horizon Bay Restaurant is located in the weakest themed port of call in Disneysea. If you are a Port Discovery fan, please don't shoot me. I'm just speaking my mind.
Horizon Bay Restaurant reminds me of that little kid in school that nobody paid attention to. That quiet little kid that nobody notices. He wants to make friends, but he is too shy and insecure. We all know that kid, but we never really took the time to get to know him. So, since I'm such an amazing human being with an enormous heart, I decided to get to know this boy a little bit better. I decided to attempt to be friends with this kid.
Just after I looked at Horizon Bay Restaurant's menu, I knew that this metallic box had more to offer than the fancier looking Crystal Palace Restaurant. Horizon Bay Restaurant gave me options, instead of forcing down an overpriced plate of fluff down my throat. There is more to Horizon Bay Restaurant than meets the eye.
On the inside, Horizon Bay Restaurant looks and feels totally different from it's exterior. Once you open the door and walk in, it doesn't feel cold and boring anymore. In fact, it is the complete opposite. On the inside, Horizon Bay Restaurant is very welcoming and bright. All it took was a few steps and my impression of this place totally changed.
The food on offer in Horizon Bay Restaurant was good. The entrees were not as good as Ristorante Di Canaletto or Magellan's, but the desserts were banging. The Banana Cream Roll Cake was good. I never liked sponge cakes, but I enjoyed this. My tongue was a little confused because it loves anything banana, but it does not like sponge cakes. At the end of the day, the banana prevailed and this dish managed to convince my mind that not all sponge cakes are bad.
This part of the blog post is special. Are you ready for this? You might already know that I don't like desserts served up in Tokyo Disney. A lot of them disappoint me, but I've found the best dessert in Tokyo Disney. Yes, the best. Ready? Drumroll please.....
The Double Cheese Tart was the bomb. It was super amazing. The combination of cheese, strawberries, cream and the texture of the tart's crust blew my mind away. The only complaint I have is that it was too small. Why does everything in Japan have to be so small!? It really left me wanting more! I can feel my blood pressure going up right now. This is not good. Ok, take a deep breath and relax. Zen style, oh honorable one. Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out...
(After 5 mins)
Alright, I am back as zen as ever. We all can learn a lot from the Double Cheese Tart. Good things come in small packages.
During this dining experience, Mickey, Minnie and Pluto would do their rounds and say hello to us. We were in Horizon Bay Restaurant for about an hour or so and we managed to meet each character 3 times. It was definitely a more worthwhile experience as compared to the Character Breakfast at Crystal Palace Restaurant. It is always nice to have the head honcho come visit your table when you are dining.
All in all, Character Dining at Horizon Bay Restaurant was good. The entrees were good, the atmosphere was really welcoming, the desserts were amazing, the characters came by often and they didn't rush off after getting their pictures taken. They still spent some time to mingle and sprinkled some Disney magic on our table. This goes to show one thing. Never judge a book by it's cover.
Honorable Rating: Mmm, This is Good (4/5)