I've been filling my tummy up with loads of Easter offerings in Tokyo Disneyland recently. I've had the Sausage, Vegetable and Egg Pizza which was delightful. The Pancake Sandwich which was confusing and the Strawberry Mousse Cake which was deceptively cute. For today's blog post, I'm gonna keep up with this trend of Easter fever. I head back to Grandma Sara's Kitchen to sample it's Easter 2016 Special Set.
For 1,580 yen, you'll get a main dish, salad, drink and dessert. A complete meal! The Easter theme to this meal is the usage of egg in it's main dish. The rice is shaped like a broken egg. The scrambled eggs are positioned in a way that makes it look like it's oozing out of the egg shell (Rice). Bloody brilliant! How I wish this meal came with some hallucinogens! This meal would have been a complete trip.
Hallucinogens? No, no, no. The past is the past Ratketeer. I can assure you that your Honorable Rat is as clean as a whistle. Nowadays, my drug of choice is food, so let's get back to this blog post... (gulp).
First up, we have this sad attempt at a salad pictured above. I don't know about you, but for me, having this Mini Salad in a set does not increase the value of the meal at all. Whenever, I see Mini Salad in a set at Tokyo Disney, I automatically become skeptical. I start thinking, "The main dish must not be good enough. That's why they add this to the set. This Mini Salad is just there to create the illusion that you are getting your money's worth." If you are a master at using a pair of fork and spoon, like I am, you will be able to finish this in one spoonful, or forkful. Try it next time, take a picture and send it my way. If you can do it, you'll get promoted from Private Rat to Lance Corporal Rat.
Next up, we have the main dish. The Easter themed plate lunch that gets points for being creative in it's design. I really like the look of the rice. I wanna kiss the person who came up with this idea! This cleverly designed plate lunch contained seasoned rice, chicken with tomato sauce, scrambled eggs and a portion of steamed potato salad. More vegetables to add to the Mini Salad. Woohoo! The steamed potato salad contained potatoes, cabbages, carrots and bacon.
The highlight of this plate lunch was it's chicken. Tokyo Disney is really good at cooking up chicken. All the chicken dishes that I've tried are always perfectly cooked. Cooked enough for it to keep it's juiciness and to allow for it to have a springy texture. Not too soft and not too tough. Perfect! The tomato sauce that it was drenched in had a herby, barbecue sauce flavor to it which accompanied the chicken well. So far, so good. We've got clever visuals and good chicken. Unfortunately, that's all the positive things that I have to say about this dish. The rice lacked flavor. There's a mild ketchup taste to the rice. They call it seasoned rice, but in all honesty, it should be called, "we ran out of ketchup rice." Might as well have stuck with white rice. The scrambled eggs were creamy, but a little dry. It was dry enough to cut into. Think McDonald's scrambled eggs, but a little creamier. If not for the chicken and looks of this plate lunch, this dish would have been a disaster.
Finally, we have the Baked Doughnut for dessert. The Baked Doughnut is showered with powdered sugar and comes with some berry sauce on the side which added a sour flavor. The doughnut alone was dry and sweet. Texture-wise, I didn't really enjoy this dessert, but the combination of the sourness from the berry sauce and the sweetness of this doughnut was quite refreshing. I liked that there were some crushed almonds in the whipped cream. That added that nutty texture to it and I love em nuts! Overall, there was nothing special about the Baked Doughnut. It was a good closure to the meal, but nothing to shout about. If the doughnut had been softer and not as dry, this dessert would have been great.
At the end of the day, this meal was a disappointment. My theory of sets that come with Mini Salads is still alive and kicking in my head. I'm still waiting for the day for Tokyo Disney to proof me wrong. If you happen to visit Grandma Sara's Kitchen during this period, forget about it's Easter offerings. Get one of the main dishes and the Beef Pastrami and Pumpkin Salad. Your wallet and stomach will be happier!
Honorable Rating: Only in "Shouganai" Situations (2/5)