Review: Palo – Disney Dream
Although so many aspects of the Disney Dream contribute greatly to the vessel meriting such an ethereal name, Palo is for certain one of the finest. Intimate and elegant, the dining room is a tribute to Venetian decor and artistry. The sweeping ocean views and the subdued strains of classic Italian music enhance the romance of the dining experience offered at this upscale Deck 12 restaurant.
Although the entrance’s spaghetti and meatball inspired Murano class chandelier may be whimsical and abstract, the rest of the room is classic and traditional. The highlights of the room are the wall-length windows and semi-circular design which help give it an intimate feel.
Our server, William, offered first class service with a smile. He welcomed us warmly by taking us on a stylish tour of the room, initially offering interesting details of its stylish design and decor and then walking us over to a back room in which white-linen tables and glimmering silver serving carts were draped with the most tantalizing adornment of the chef”s amazing creations. From the endless array of pastry, danish and bakery items to the mouth-watering trays of fresh ocean catches to the mini indulgent desserts, the food is presented with brilliant artistry and passion. To say the set-up is merely gorgeous is an insult to the preparation and passion that is on display here.
There are also two stations which feature a la carte items: breakfast entrees such as perfectly poached egg creations to lunch entrees such as savory freshly prepared tilapia to made-to-order crispy pizzas.
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My dining companion and I began our meal with deliciously refreshing mimosas and headed to the brunch buffet for our first taste of the baked items. The hot, sticky buns were incredible: honey-laced, warm and golden, they were fresh, sweet and heavenly. The traditional panettone infused with apricot, prune and date pieces was delightfully scrumptious. And the unusual bleu cheese streusel was sinfully creamy and delectable. If there was anything less than perfect on this table of goodies, we didn’t find it.
Our second trip was for the vegetables and salads. Again, no disappointments here. Particular standouts were the fresh, crisp asparagus tips topped with hollandaise sauce, the chilled shrimp and the lemon-infused, tender scallops.
We opted for two a la carte items: eggs benedict and the grape and gorgonzola pizza. Although one might argue eggs benedict is nothing out of the ordinary, this particular benedict was beyond the usual. The eggs were poached perfectly, the hollandaise was creamy yet light and the Canadian bacon was grilled with a lovely smoked flavor. The pizza seemed to be a strange yet curiously intriguing option. William highly recommended it, and thankfully we opted to listen. The crust was deliciously crisp while the cheese was complimented by the sweetness of the grape and the sharpness of the gorgonzola. It was a lovely pairing especially when garnished with the balsamic reduction on top. A nice balance of sweet and sharp
Skipping dessert would have been a dreadful mistake. From fresh berries to white brownie cheesecake to mini fruit tarts, the dessert table looked like a slice of heaven on earth. How could one not partake of something from this sweet paradise which was serenading our senses. We opted for the tiramisu and the mango panna cotta. Wow on both accounts. The espresso laced flavor of the creamy Italian staple was rich and milky and as good as dessert gets. What a sweet way to end a perfectly scrumptious meal. And the mango panna cotta was a masterpiece. Light, fruity and tropical, it was refreshing and dreamy.
Palo has to be one of the finest Disney restaurants on land or sea. And if the ship has earned the name DREAM, then Palo has helped make that a reality. The food, the mood, the elegance, the views, the spectacle that is Palo will have me dreaming happily about this experience for years to come.
FOOD: One masterpiece after another. Not only is the food spectacular, but the presentation alone is worth the visit.
ATMOSPHERE: Romantically intimate and elegant with some of the most picturesque ocean views one could ask for. Beautifully designed and decorated.
SERVICE: Top-notch and worthy of five-star ratings. Attention to detail and to the guests never wavered.
TIPS: Palo is one of two restaurants on the Disney Dream which charge an additional cost but for $20 per person, the price is well worth the experience. Please note: Palo’s is an adults-only restaurant for guests 18 and over.