Vulcania Restaurant is one of my favorite restaurants in Tokyo Disney to rest my feet in. It's beautifully themed and it provides a great atmosphere. Whenever I'm in Vulcania Restaurant, I just feel like taking off my shoes and grabbing myself a glass of red wine. A great place to have a conversation in, regardless of the weather. With all that being said, don't come in here for the fried rice though, but I'm not gonna allow one bad apple to spoil the barrel. Let's hope that the Pan Fried Pork & Vegetables with Oyster Sauce will come in to save the day.
I love oyster sauce. It is an essential ingredient to a lot of cooking that I do at home. When I saw this on the menu at Vulcania Restaurant, I immediately thought of Mum's cooking. Memories of my childhood sprung back to mind. Everyone gathering at the dinner table, fighting chopsticks for their favorite dish that Mum cooked up. One of my favorites dishes is Mum's beef and vegetables with oyster sauce. Simple, easy to cook, nutritious and a wonderful accompaniment to rice.
Pan Fried Pork & Vegetables with Oyster Sauce costs 950 yen. It contains sliced pork, baby bok choy, bean sprouts, all pan fried with oyster sauce and garlic. It does not come with rice. If you want to have white rice with your entree, you'll have to fork out an additional 200 yen, which bumps the price of your meal up to 1,150 yen. To me, it feels kinda weird to be having a Chinese side dish without rice. It's unnatural to me. It's like having a hamburger with no buns! Sushi with no rice! Pizza with no dough! It just doesn't make sense to me!
Taste-wise the Pan Fried Pork & Vegetables with Oyster Sauce was good. The Chinese vegetable and bean sprouts added some crunch to the dish and the sliced pork was tender. Everything came together real well with oyster sauce and I could taste a little bit of garlic in it. Garlic and oyster sauce?! Always a good combination.
However, I cannot get over the fact that this does not come with rice. No doubt, this is a good side dish, but to make it a proper meal, I'm gonna have to part with 1,150 yen. If this review is based on taste alone, this dish would get a 4/5 WITH rice. Good, but I will not go out of my way to get it. It does not have that kinda pull on me like the Grilled Reuben in New York Deli. Let's put things into perspective. A Grilled Reuben costs 770 yen. I could get that along with a regular box of popcorn and it will still be cheaper than the Pan Fried Pork & Vegetables with Oyster Sauce and a side of rice. Grilled Reuben and popcorn it is! It would make me a happier rat. Taking value into consideration, I'm gonna have to shave 1 point off the score. That's just the way I roll!
Honorable Rating: Don't Break Your Notes (3/5)