After the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride was built in
New Orleans Square in Disneyland,
some of the Walt Disney Imagineers were called to help build and decorate The
Cellar. In 1970, The Cellar opened its doors bringing themed fine-dining inside
the historic Villa Del Sol in downtown . Over the course of the last
four decades, ownership has changed hands a few times. In 2004, Ryan Dudley
took over the helm and has brought back dining of yesteryear. His career
working for Lawry’s Restaurants, Five Crowns in Fullerton,
Mar in particular, gave him the experience of managing a themed fine dining
restaurant. As you descend the staircase to The Cellar, you’ll notice that the
atmosphere will change. You forget that you are in Downtown Fullerton when you
reach the door. The door looks as if you’ve been transported to a seaport in
the 1600’s, where you would need to know the secret knock to enter. The door is
heavy and as you open it, you start to see very familiar décor, similar to the
caves in the Pirates of the Corona Del Caribbean. The
dining room is well-lit and has white linen adorned tables and is very elegant.
The Spirit Room has a speak-easy feel with red booth seating. Almost like a
secret hideaway where the likes of Jack Sparrow or Blackbeard would be sitting
in a dark corner drinking rum. The food is prepared with traditional French
techniques using locally grown produce, grass-fed meats, and sustainable fish
from the Seafood Watch Program.
Buffalo Tartar is mixed with a shallot and caper relish, topped with fried quail egg, and crispy capers. The presentation was nice and different, being square in shape. The minced buffalo was absolutely scrumptious with a rich flavor. The quail egg yolk added an amazing creamy flavor. The brioche crust added structure and matched perfectly with the buffalo. This dish will definitely give you an OMG moment or two. Thumbs up, way up!
To read more and see slideshow of photos, please visit: http://www.examiner.com/review/the-cellar-has-american-gastropub-fare-with-a-little-bit-of-pixie-dust-history
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