Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lounging: The Wave, Dining Review

As Part 2 of my Walt Disney World Lounges Series, I visited The Wave located at The Contemporary Resort. (See Part 1:Brown Derby Lounge HERE.) The wonderful things about lounge dining are that no reservations are needed, many offer both snack menus and full menus from nearby restaurants, they are often quieter than restaurants, most dining discounts apply, and you get to relax and lounge!  For many reasons, lounge dining is a wonderful option.

The Wave restaurant has both a bar area as well as a lounge with a distinctive blue light ambiance. Keep that in mind when viewing the photos of food. 

The Food
  Seasonal Soup with Chef Accompaniment (8.49)

The soup of the day was pumpkin and topped with a drizzle of cream and toasted pumpkin seeds. The accompaniment was a sweet jalapeno cornbread muffin. This was a very large serving of sweet, rich soup. It had a very classic fall flavor but perhaps a bit too much sweetness for such a large portion.  I enjoyed the crunch of the toasted pumpkin seeds. They provided a delicious nutty flavor in addition to the crunch.  The cornbread was very dense, moist, sweet, and flavorful.  The jalapeno added more flavor than heat. It was delicious but not necessarily what I would pair with the sweet soup. Together they made for a very rich and filling appetizer.

Citrus-marinated Fish Tacos (11.99) Avocado-Mango Salsa and Sriracha Crema. 
The fish of the day was grilled swordfish. It was very hearty but could have used a bit more salt. I was rather disappointed in the tortillas for the tacos. They were plain flour tortillas with grill char marks on one side. But overall, the dish was just bland.

Seared Potato Gnocchi (21.99) 

Cabernet Cream Sauce, Braised Beef, and Meyer Lemon Creme Fraiche. The little gnocchi dumplings were light but held up well with the rich hearty beef flavor of the sauce.

Blue Cheese Polenta Side (4.99)
This is not a listed side, however after hearing the Chef describe it as a side dish with the Lamb entree, I requested it.  It was surprisingly mild. The aroma was distinctly blue cheese, but the flavor held none of the typical sharpness. I would have preferred a bit more of that sharp flavor.

The Wavesicle (10.50) Florida Cane Orlando Orange Vodka, Cointreau, and Nonfat Yogurt with a splash of Orange Juice. 

This was an adult creamsicle and absolutely delicious! It was very easy to drink. 

Seasonal Dessert Trio (8.49) Apple Cobbler, Pumpkin Cheesecake, and Pecan Pie with Chocolate Gelato. 
I am guessing on the specifics of this dessert. We did not see a dessert menu. However, due to an ordering glitch with a lost order ticket, we were offered complimentary desserts as well as two additional desserts wrapped up to take home.  All three desserts had the classic flavors of the fall and holiday seasons. I have never been disappointed in the cheesecake at the Wave, regardless of the accompanying desserts along side of it in the trio. It is sinfully rich and perfect.

The service at the Wave Lounge was outstanding. Our server, Jess, juggled an entire room of guests all coming in at once, with a smile.  She also brought a Leader to our table who offered the complimentary desserts without us ever complaining about the delay.  We were having a relaxing evening, "lounging."  In true exceptional Disney service style, she went above and beyond expectations. 

I highly recommend the Wave Lounge for a cocktail, quick bite, or full dinner. It's a lovely option with unique ambiance and delicious food.  From previous experience, my biggest recommendation is the Pan-Seared Sustainable Fish with Edamame Stew.  It is ALWAYS delicious and my go-to choice. I broke from tradition this visit, but will return to it on my next visit.

The Wave also has a selection of more typical lounge food: soft pretzels, flatbreads, etc. A wide selection of wines (including organic), beers, and beverages make this a place to find something for everyone in the family.

*The Wave Lounge is handicapped accessible with low tables. The bar area has high stools. Lighting in the lounge is very low and muted with heavy blue tones. Those with vision issues may have difficulty.
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