Review: Fresh Mediterranean Market
I honestly was not sure what to expect from this restaurant. I know that they have an extensive breakfast menu but we were headed there for lunch. We had a 12:45 reservation but it did not matter, the place was not busy and they did not even ask our name. We were taken to a table immediately.
The restaurant is very casual and relaxed. I liked the feel to it, the atmosphere was a nice change from the rush and hype of the parks and many of the other Disney Restaurants. Our server was Jo Jo. He explained that the dessert bar is included with any sandwich or salad. He then gave is a minute or two to look things over.
My husband decided upon the Caesar Salad with shrimp. I noticed that there were no meatless options on the menu. My daughter and I are vegetarians so we asked Jo Jo about our choices when he returned. He mentioned that the Chicken Panini can be made without the chicken. He asked if cheese is okay, which it is. He described the sandwich and it sounded great. We decided to split the order.
We were sitting near the dessert bar and it was next to impossible to not keep stealing glances at the choices. Jo Jo brought out pita bread and hummus. The pita was served warm and the hummus had a hint of garlic. It was probably the best hummus that I have ever had.
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It did not take long for our meals to arrive. The sandwich and the fries that came with it where divided for us onto two plates, we split meals often and that is always welcome. My husband’s salad was simple. There were two huge portions of leaf lettuce, served with a lemon-garlic dressing. The croutons were soft, more like small cubes of bread than traditional croutons. It was served with 10 shrimp. It was a nice light lunch.
The Panini was just as good as Jo Jo described it. It contained grilled eggplant and summer squash (two of my favorites). There was just the right amount of melted mozzarella cheese and it also contained a layer of pesto. It was delicious. The fries were also quite good, they were slightly seasoned and served with a small dish of ketchup.
When we were finished we headed to the dessert bar. The portions were small, meaning that we did not feel guilty trying a couple of different items. My favorite was probably the blueberry cheesecake, which was served on top of a small cookie. Other things on the dessert bar included chocolate mousse, crème brulee, tapioca pudding, fruit tarts and even a brownie or cheesecake bite on a stick. It was a nice ending to a great meal.
F-Food- Delicious. The Panini was a great meatless dish and my husband liked his salad. The dessert bar was a nice surprise.
A-Atmosphere- Casual. The dining area is spacious, the tables are not too close together and the décor, while nothing fancy, is nice.
S-Service- Very good. Jo Jo’s recommendation was excellent.
T-Tips- If you’re looking for a break in the middle from the day from the crowds at Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Dolphin is just a walk or a boat ride away. Fresh Mediterranean Market only serves breakfast and lunch, dinner is not offered.