REVIEW: New Lotso Backyard Cafe Dinner Buffet at Toy Story Resort Leaves Us Disenchanted


The brand new Toy Story Resort simply celebrated its grand opening at Tokyo Disney Resort, and we’re right here to test it out. For eating onsite, the one choice is the Lotso Backyard Cafe, which affords buffet meals for each breakfast and dinner. So naturally, we stopped in to test it out!

Inside

The Lotso Backyard Cafe is positioned simply off the foyer to the proper, cleverly themed as a storybook. We presume the portrayal of Lotso is extra in keeping with how his fictional designers would think about him than because the scheming villain of “Toy Story 3”.

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Proper on the entrance, friends are greeted with a Lotso statue and photograph op, which close by Forged Members will gladly help diners with.

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All through the restaurant are fake timber in a flat artwork fashion cleverly hidden inside assist columns.

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Murals all through the restaurant depict Lotso in his backyard with the animals, harvesting fruits for all to take pleasure in.

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An enormous lit rainbow additionally bisects a lot of the restaurant.

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Desk design is fairly fundamental, with plain white tables flanked by inexperienced or orange chairs. Cubicles function inexperienced upholstery.

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The buffet options two similar areas, with each providing the identical meals. It’s helpful to bounce forwards and backwards when you’re searching for the cuter objects to be replenished.

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As Japan continues to be taking precautions in opposition to COVID-19, friends are required to sanitize their palms and put on gloves always when utilizing the buffet.

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Ornamental pot lids will be discovered at each buffets. We noticed the Little Inexperienced Man each of our visits, though Lotso additionally makes an look.

Dinner Buffet

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The buffet is fairly customary in design, with serveware and trays obtainable under so friends can leap in at any level within the line. However now it’s time for a very powerful half — the evaluation!

Rooster Cream Stew

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What else would you count on aside from pretty bland. The hen bits are fantastic and the soup had a pleasant texture, but it surely was served fairly near chilly. A minus in our eyes.

Rooster Gizzards and Mushrooms in Garlic Olive Oil

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These had been fairly good as effectively, truly. It was served pretty heat in a scrumptious oil that significantly enhanced the flavour of the hen. Mushrooms had been well-cooked and never but soggy.

Combined Rice

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Sticky brown rice with cheese, carrots, and spinach. It makes for a pleasant mixture and a bit extra fascinating than plain white rice, but it surely’s nonetheless inferior to one thing like true fried rice. Nonetheless, we wouldn’t thoughts consuming a bit extra.

Pan-fried Noodles with Seafood

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We weren’t actually certain the place the “seafood” was right here, they simply tasted like chilly, plain noodles. And chilly, plain noodles are boring, let’s be sincere. Move.

Salmon and Fish Mousse

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Possibly it’s as a result of we acquired the top of this batch, however the salmon was quite dry on this one. It didn’t come aside simply and was quite disagreeable to eat, though the fish mousse on high offered a pleasant accent. If the salmon was extra contemporary, we most likely would’ve loved it extra.

Gribiche Sauce

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The gribiche sauce, which is actually a chilly egg sauce, added little or no to the flavour itself, however did praise the fish mousse effectively with a unique texture.

Hamburger in Demi Glace Sauce

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Fairly customary fare not simply in buffets in Japan, however throughout Japan normally. They like these patties in demi-glace sauce, and it’s not horrible, however not all that impressed both. The was effectively accomplished and slathered in sauce, however nonetheless solely lukewarm. They’d hassle preserving issues scorching right here, for certain. Nonetheless, it wasn’t unhealthy.

Rooster Nuggets and French Fries

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Can’t go flawed with hen nuggets and French fries! Tokyo Disney Resort does a surprisingly good job with their nuggets, preserving them juicy and heat whereas packing in scrumptious (and surprisingly excessive grade-tasting) hen. The fries had been a bit much less salty than we might’ve most well-liked, however McDonald’s is all the time in Ikspiari if we want that further sodium repair. A plus for choosy eaters for certain.

Cream of Corn Soup

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It’s creamy and heat (in contrast to a lot of the meals right here), and it tastes like corn liquefied, with some corn kernels thrown in. It’s a pleasant, filling addition, however isn’t something particular.

Rice

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Rice is rice, and that is Japan. If anybody messed this up, there could be riots. Thankfully, it’s good high quality rice with a nice style as rice goes, and sticks collectively effectively.

Rooster Curry

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Those that need can add some hen curry to their rice. It has a pleasant hen style to it with no spice, as Japanese curry not often does by default.

Pork and Cabbage in Chinese language Candy Miso Sauce

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We had been pleasantly stunned by these (which all the time appeared to be practically out once we handed by). The cabbage makes for a wonderful garnish to a young piece of chilly pork, with the sauce including a pleasant salty-tangy taste that accents the pork effectively.

Vegetable Curry Tortilla Wrap

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These tortilla wraps make a pleasant selection for vegetarians in your get together, though not explicitly described as such. The curry inside is once more a non-spicy kind, with the remainder of the wrap items being near what you would possibly discover in a deli unfold from the grocery retailer. Actually not horrible both means, and in reality one of many nicer and extra constant objects obtainable on the menu.

Tuna Carpaccio with Tomato Balsamic Sauce

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Certainly one of our favorites on the buffet for certain, with a young piece of tuna that virtually melts in your mouth alongside a pleasant tomato balsamic sauce, undoubtedly value grabbing two or three of the serving spoons in your means round.

Smoked Salmon and Cod Salad

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Contemplating our earlier disappointment within the cooked salmon, we had been happy with the uncooked salmon and cod choice. Each had been refreshing and refined as they need to be, taking part in into one another’s taste palates fairly effectively.

Potato and Inexperienced Pea Tart

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In the event you’re skeptical based mostly on the title… we had been too. It’s like a mini quiche however with pea mush as a substitute. Most likely not the only option all, however definitely not the worst. And it kind of appears like Buzz Lightyear!

Potato Mousse with Bell Pepper Sauce

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In the meantime, Jessie’s dish is a potato mousse with bell pepper sauce, which was simply unhealthy. It was like yogurt that went unhealthy, disagreeable from starting to finish. It makes for a cute image, however undoubtedly doesn’t translate into style effectively.

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Seafood and Couscous Salad

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If that is your kind of factor you then gained’t be disillusioned, though that crumbly texture you get from couscous or quinoa isn’t actually our favourite. Actually may’ve been worse, just like the mousse it sits in entrance of. The plainness of the couscous overrules any seafood taste you would possibly in any other case get.

Salad

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Crisp greens and a few contemporary bell peppers made this a wonderful addition, particularly when paired with the three dressings.

Lemon, Japanese-Fashion, and Thousand Island Dressings

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Not a lot to explain exterior of the apparent, they’re precisely as described on the label and if any of those dressings are your fashion you then’ll take pleasure in them along with your salad.

Sliced Greens

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These very thinly sliced greens had been round at each breakfast and dinner, and didn’t actually serve a lot goal. They had been so thinly sliced and dry that they hardly retained any taste, however weren’t crispy like chips. Think about attempting to make chips out of greens and forgetting to totally dry them, and also you’ll get how these had been.

Insalata Caprese

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No matter this was, it was definitely like no caprese we’ve ever had, and never one thing we had been keen on. The pink-white mush tasted like egg salad, which didn’t actually go over effectively with the cherry tomatoes offered or the mozzarella balls, or not less than what was left of them. Individuals had been principally selecting these off and leaving the tomatoes behind.

Pumpkin & Cream Cheese Salad

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This was a shock winner, with a pleasant pumpkin style (and American pumpkin at that quite than the extra savory Japanese pumpkin) that combined with the cream cheese effectively to create a wealthy and pleasant addition to the buffet. A winner for certain.

Strawberry Carrot Salad

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The place the “strawberry” was alleged to be, we weren’t fully certain. These tasted like shredded carrots soaked in vinegar, in no way a nice taste that simply ruins these fully.

Potato and Meat au Gratin

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Their fancy means of claiming “shepherd’s pie”, this was most likely one of the best factor on your entire buffet. A beautiful mixture of mashed potatoes, spices, floor beef, with a scrumptious gravy on the underside which tied all of it collectively. This is likely to be Tokyo’s finest try at shepherd’s pie, which they’ve tried a few instances currently with various levels of success. Plus how cute is that design on high?

Grilled Greens

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These had been all the time dry and ugly, there’s a bent to cook dinner the entire taste and juices out of greens after they do that at Tokyo Disney Resort, so we weren’t stunned at our disappointment.

Dessert Buffet

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Cheese Bread

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Walnut and Raisin Bread

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Each of those breads had been effectively accomplished for what they need to’ve been. The cheese bread had a nice salty taste that combined effectively, with a crusty exterior and mushy inside. The one factor we might’ve loved extra was if these had been contemporary out of the oven. In the meantime the walnut-raisin bread was mildly candy, mixing the nutty and semi-sweet palates along with the mushy bread inside to make a pleasant addition to any dessert plate.

Spinach Bread

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The spinach bread surprisingly wasn’t all that spinach-y, in all sincere. It had only a trace of one thing near a greens taste, however definitely nothing close to a stage that ought to postpone your common Joe. Plus the Little Inexperienced Males design, like all different cute meals right here, is gorgeous!

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The concept of the chocolate unfold is to brighten your Little Inexperienced Man with eyes and a mouth, a activity that proves surprisingly tough to do when you get a bottle with a nasty nozzle.

Strawberry Melon Bread

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Strawberry Melon Bread within the form of Lotso himself is on provide at each meals, and was simply amongst our favorites. Bear in thoughts that we love melonpan normally, however the crusty, sugary high made for a pleasant addition to the buttery, flaky inside. Actually cute meals worthy in each look and style, and a can’t-miss on the buffet.

Butter and Jelly

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Fruit

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The melon, pineapple, and orange slices had been all fantastic sufficient, though the previous two principally possible had been frozen earlier than.

Mango Roll Cake

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We’ve expressed our normal displeasure many instances on this website for the Japanese tendency to err in the direction of fluffy fuwafuwa-type desserts quite than extra wealthy selections, and this roll cake isn’t any exception. The mango taste tasted far too synthetic for our liking, though the design was definitely cute. Most likely not the worst if you may get previous the unusual mango, but it surely wasn’t our favourite dessert.

Strawberry Shortcake

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One other gentle and fluffy selection, this time with a half strawberry slice on high so as to add to the sponge cake and frosting. It may very well be worse, but it surely definitely may’ve been higher. Like most issues at this buffet, it was alright.

Strawberry Cream Puffs

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These had been surprisingly good, with a considerably wealthy strawberry cream inside and one other strawberry half to go with. The surface was a bit crusty like melon bread, which added a pleasant further contact you not often see from cream puffs. Positively value grabbing a pair!

Fruit Tart

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Similar to the one we tried at Chef Mickey a number of months in the past besides with much more fruit items, it has a scrumptious and crumbly crust mixed with mango pudding on high that simply dances in your style buds! This one is a must have for certain!

White Chocolate Mousse

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One of the best dessert by far, with a contemporary piece of mango on high of a white chocolate mousse, icing, and eventually the blue jelly. The jelly itself felt fairly pointless however didn’t essentially distract from something both. Seize half of this cake whilst you’re there, you gained’t be disillusioned.

Tiramisu

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We by no means had been in a position to catch this when it was contemporary, and everybody all the time felt compelled to chop out the phrases “Lotso Backyard Cafe” on the backside first. However nonetheless, it’s nonetheless cute! Lotso’s tiramisu definitely lives as much as the hype. The daring flavors of cocoa and a lighter espresso come along with savory mascarpone cheese to make one other nice dessert. Bonus factors when you get a nook piece with the strawberry, as we had been all the time unable to.

Drinks

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Company even have a selection of coffees and teas obtainable with their meal. Three Coke Freestyle stations had been additionally prepared, two at every buffet and one in the back of the restaurant.

All in all, Lotso Backyard Cafe’s dinner buffet joins Chef Mickey and Sherwood Backyard Restaurant within the league of mediocre buffet fare at Tokyo Disney Resort. It’s a subject we might like to see them enhance upon, but it surely appears the reforms and updates we’ve began to see throughout some menus across the resort simply haven’t made it to buffets but.

Even when the resort was open to these with out reservations, we wouldn’t suggest a devoted journey. However when you’re already on the resort, you would possibly as effectively give it a go.

Lotso Backyard Cafe is open 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. for dinner day-after-day, and reservations for each the restaurant and a keep on the Toy Story Resort are required to dine.

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