For the past 6 years it has become a tradition for us to have dinner at Wolfgang Puck Cafe’ on our first night at Walt Disney World. But it wasn’t until 2008 that I tried the Pumpkin Ravioli. Initially the sound of it didn’t tempt my palate but I’m always one to try new things. After reading many recommendations from fellow Disney goers, I decided it was time.
The pumpkin filling is not the “pumpkin pie-ish” flavor that you’d expect because it doesn’t have the spices that give the pie it’s flavor. In fact the filling is savory with a hint of natural sweetness. If you’ve ever had any sort of squash, you’ll understand. The ravioli is served with a brown butter & fried sage sauce with pine nuts then topped with shaved aged Parmesan. Finally it is drizzled with a port wine glaze.
The dish became an instant favorite from the first bite. Every flavor mixes harmoniously in your mouth & instantly sends happy thoughts to your brain. It acts as my reminder that it’s the first day of a wonderful Disney vacation.
With all that said, it came to us as a surprise this past September that they have significantly reduced the options on their menu. My first thought was that maybe it was because our reservation was at 10pm & they switched to a late menu. But I’m unaware of any such policy. So for now I assume it’s a simple cut back. Now, my wife & I do not eat red meat or pork so this reduced menu made it difficult for my wife who is a picky eater to find variety.
The Creme Brulee, which was my favorite dessert there was removed last year & still hasn’t returned. It has been replaced by a Snickers Cheesecake which the staff really pushes towards. I had it last year & to be honest, didn’t like it at all. I love cheesecake & Snickers, but this dessert wasn’t for me. Maybe I had a “bad batch” but I found it to be dry & overly rich. It felt like I had a brick in my stomach afterwards. It also could have benefited from a little extra sweetness.
Wow!!!! Yes, Wow! This dessert was not what expected at all. The whipped cheesecake mousse has a perfect balance of sweet & sour flavor. It has a light & creamy texture that a mousse should & when mixed with the graham cracker crumbs & raspberry puree only gets better. It would be a hard decision for me if they brought back the creme brulle & I had to choose one. But with creme brulee being prominent in many restaurants in WDW, I think I would definitely go with this dessert.
Wolfgang Puck Cafe’s service has always been good. Sometimes better than others but always good. So I have no complaints there. The reduced menu is a concern but at least the popularity of the pumpkin ravioli will keep that on…… I hope. Should they ever remove it I would definitely consider breaking tradition & making ADR’s elsewhere. It would be a sad day as it would feel as though something isn’t right since we’ve been doing the same thing for a while now.