Bloody Mary Bar
As well as the complimentary mimosa, you can also order wine by the glass, and cocktails – including Bloody Mary (all for an additional cost)
The Bloody Mary Bar, was impressive, and you end up with a glassful of brunch in itself!
Along with your choice of vodka and hot sauce you can also choose from a selection (5) of condiments which included huge shrimp, pickled vegetables, cheese, olives, bacon, and chorizo, all skewered and stuck into a celery stick.
Prices at the time depended on the vodka choice:
- Absolut Peppar – $15
- Belvedere – $16
- Belvedere Bloody Mary – $17
Brunch is meant to be savoured and enjoyed – and taken slowly, and I can’t say that we felt we had to rush through. If you get a later reservation, you’ll probably be safe knowing that they are not waiting to turn the table again, so can take things at a leisurely pace.
At $80 per adult, you want to make sure you get that value from your brunch! But be careful not to fill up too much on the buffet, as you do have your entrée to come! And then there is dessert too – but you can ask to get that packed up to-go, which we had to do as we were way too full!
I have heard that you can select more than one entrée if you want to – so if you have room – go for it – there are some fantastic choices!
Some of the items available on the menu will change seasonally – however, you will likely find brunch staples like Steak and Eggs; Chef’s Omlette; Pancakes; and Eggs Benedict all year round.
On the menu when we dined, in addition to our choices below, there was: Blueberry Pancakes; Vanilla Bean French Toast; Carrot Cake Pancakes; Buttermilk Pancakes; Shrimp & Grits; and Shakshuka (which is a Middle Eastern egg dish).
There was also a choice of different omlettes (which looks like they will change too) and they all sound delicious. They are made with three eggs, and come with potato hash.
- Garden – Herb Crème Fraîche, Tomatoes, Spinach, Baby Squash, Mushrooms, Midnight Moon Cheese.
- Spanish – Romesco Sauce, Chorizo, Piquillo Pepper, Red ONion, Manchego Cheese.
- Alsace – Hanger Steak, Green Garlic Pistou, Gruyere Cheese, Tomato, Crispy Potato
- Lobster – Herb Crème Fraîche, Divina Tomatoes, Pleasant Ridge Reserve Cheese
Me: Eggs Benedict – Two Soft-poached Eggs, Toasted English Muffin, Orange-Honey Ham, Classic Hollandaise. Additionally available with Butter Poached Maine Lobster or Smoked Salmon.
Since the additional lobster or smoked salmon is included with this dish, and not an upcharge, I of course ordered the luxurious lobster on my Eggs Benedict! I really enjoyed my dish – what’s not to love about all of the ingredients?
Him: Crispy Fried Chicken Thigh – Korean Style Sweet and Spicy Sauce, House-made KimChi, Cilantro
Unfortunately, this was not a hit. Steve said it was way too spicy, and the chicken was really fatty. He was so disappointed, and wished he’d ordered something else instead.
The Boy: Grilled Hanger Steak – Two Eggs any style, Chimichurri, Marble Potato Hash, Charred Red Onion
This was the obvious choice for my steak-loving son! I had this myself back on our 2016 trip and I can confirm it is a great dish.
As if all that wasn’t enough, brunch ends with a plate of desserts which are brought to your table. As I mentioned earlier, we were a bit too stuffed to manage it, so we had everything packed up in a box to take home with us.
There were some similar items to our last visit – a selection of chocolates, macarons, and chocolate bark – and a couple of new ones too: thumbprint cookies and little sponge cakes.
Brunch at the Top is available on the Disney Dining Plan for 2 Credits per person. You can also use your Tables in Wonderland card, there are AP and DVC discounts too.
Brunch at the Top – California Grill » Contemporary Resort
Bill: $240 + Tax: $12.48 + Tip: $43.20 = $295.68
TiW Discount: $48
Total Paid: $247.68
After paying our bill, we headed outside to take a look at the view, which is spectacular – you can see for miles around! (If you’ve only visited California Grill in the evening when its dark, you do not get the opportunity to see what an amazing view it is.)
We got to California Grill for around 11am, and by the time we left it was coming up for 2pm – we certainly had a easy Sunday morning! We quickly popped back home at Poly to drop off our desserts, and then headed back out to visit Disney Springs.
I don’t have a whole lot to tell you about what we did here – a spot of shopping and having a look around was the main thing – so here are some photos and not many words!
I love visiting Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers when we go to Disney Springs. I love looking at all the crystal and glassware, and watching the glassblowing demonstrations. We’ve never actually bought anything from the store itself, but there is a stall that sells small items at Magic Kingdom where I bought a little glass slipper from a few years ago.
I am pretty sure that these awesome glass pumpkins were out of my budget, which is why they remained on the shelf, and not on mine back at home!
Another favourite spot is of mine is Marketplace Co-Op which is a collection of smaller boutiques selling clothing, make-up, artwork, homeware, and more.
The next few pictures are of things I wish that I had bought, but for whatever reason at the time, didn’t – probably the price!
We stopped by Candy Cauldron and bought a poison apple cake pop and some other snacks to take home as gifts; and then drove back to Poly where we hopped into the pool for bit.