Animator’s Palate Has a Refreshed Pacific Rim Dinner Menu

The rumors we have been hearing about new menus appear to be true.  Earlier this month, a new Pacific Rim menu appeared in Animator’s Palate aboard the Disney Dream.  Thanks to one of our readers, Lysandara M and her husband, we have the new menu to share with you as well as some pictures of their food.  Comparing the menus, the specialty cocktails remain the same, but we start to see a shakeup right away with the bread service and appetizers.  The new bread offering is a Garlic and Herb Foccacia with a Rosemary Virgin Olive Oil dip.

Animators Palate Dinner Menu Oct 2013


There are two new appetizers, and one modified dish on the revised Animator’s Palate Menu.  The Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes remain untouched.

Animators Palate Dinner Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes Oct 2013

Modified Appetizer

  • Smoke Salmon Tartar
    with Dill, Capers, Onions, Pickles and aHorseradish Cream

New Appetizers

  • Tomato Tarte
    with Glazed Goats Cheese and Radish Salad
  • Sliced Serrano Ham
    with Tomato Bread and Spanish Olives
Animators Palate Dinner Sliced Serrano Ham Oct 2013

With two additions, two appetizers must go.  The Sesame-flavored Rock Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake, and Wild Mushroom Risotto and Porcini Twist missed the cut.  Interestingly, the Wild Mushroom appetizer was one of the dishes marked on the previous menu as a guest favorite.

Soups & Salads

Moving on down, on the new Animator’s Palate menu, we noticed that the soups were left untouched.  The two salads – Vine Ripe Tomato and the Curly Endive are still on the menu, but have been altered.

  • Arugula and Curly Endive Salad
    with Sliced Chorizo, Dried Figs, Herbed Croutons topped with a Cider Dressing.
  • Roasted Red Bell Pepper, Zucchini and Red Onion Salad
    with chopped Cilantro and Age Balsamic Dressing.

Main Course

The feature selections have the greatest amount of changes with four new items and one modified dish.

Animators Palate Dinner Menu Oct 2013 Main Course

New Feature Selections

  • Pennete Bolognese
    Pennete Pasta mixed with a rich Bolognese sauce garnished with shaved Parmesan Reggiano and Toasted Garlic Ciabatta.
  • Seared Red Snapper
    with Scallops, Crushed New Potatoes and Salsa Verde
  • Jumbo Shrimp Salad
    Poached Tiger Shrimp tossed in a Lemon Olive Oil, served on a diced Cucumber, Egg and Red Onion and garnished with Roquette Leaves
  • Potato, Celeriac and Onion Gratin
    with Butter Collard Greens

Modified Feature Selections

While there may be two modifications, the Beef Tenderloin appears to be more of a change on paper with a more descriptive name.

  • Ginger-Teriyaki dusted Angus Beef Tenderloin
    on Wasabi Mashed Potatoes with Bok Choy and a Tamarind-Barbecue Reduction
  • Herb Crusted Veal Chop
    Roasted Veal Chop Brushed with Dijon Mustard and crusted with Herbed Breadcrumbs served with Sun-dried Tomato Risotto and a Barolo Wine Sauce
Animators Palate Dinner Herb Crusted Veal Chop Oct 2013

To make room for these new main course offerings in Animator’s Palate, the Grilled Pacific Black Cod, White Shrimp Pennette Pasta, Stir-fry Vegetables, and the Arugula Leaves & Grilled Vegetable Salad have been dropped from the menu.

I’d like to thank Lysandara M again for sharing the new Animator’s Palate menus.  This menu has been updated over on our menu page. If you spot a new menu on your next cruise let us know; if you can snap a few pictures to share, even better 🙂

14 Replies to “Animator’s Palate Has a Refreshed Pacific Rim Dinner Menu”

  1. Marc

    Did anyone note that this isn’t a particularly Pacific Rim menu? Pennete Bolognese? Serrano ham? I guess Spain and Italy changed locations!

  2. Lucy

    I’m just going to say “FINALLY”! AP has always had the least appealing menu/food to me and it’s about time they made some changes! I’m so excited to try these items next year!

    1. Victoria

      Ditto! I only looked forward to dinner here because of the “show,” but the food was never really that appealing. Looking forward to the changes, even if they aren’t exactly Pacific Rim. Maybe they should change that in their description.

  3. Debbie

    @ Marc, LOL, I was thinking the exact same thing! Boy am I sorry to see my favorites go, though. (mushroom risotto and stir fry veggies that I have ordered along with another main 🙁

  4. JC

    OH NO, my two favorite dishes on the ship have been cut! The rock shrimp appetizer and the black cod entree were always highly anticipated for me. 🙁

  5. Louise

    Just hope that the chefs will offer Gluten free full delicious meals and rolls or break… and deserts. AND not the same few selections offered in all the restaurants day after day…

  6. Louise

    Correction: Just hope that the chefs will offer Gluten free full delicious meals and rolls or bread… and deserts. AND not the same few selections offered in all the restaurants day after day…

  7. FellowCollector

    Even though my favorite Animator’s entree, the Veal Trio, seems to have been modified into a chop and not just deleted, I’m still disappointed. The trio offered more flavors, and will be missed. One thing my husband and I noticed on our cruises, and is evident in the veal chop picture, is that vegetables are near non-existent with meat entrees. At best, the veggies seem to be a side of color. Some nights we have to ask for seconds of the vegetable that comes with the entree or order a side of veggies from the start. We guess many people just don’t eat them, so it’s an expensive waste to serve, but the entrees seem incomplete with veggies to us.

    1. Steven

      It’s no secret … DCL looks at the plates, to see what is not being eaten. If you serve “x”, and people do not eat it … why bother serving “x?” You seem to recognize you are able to ask for more (in advance) … so what’s the issue? I ask for a never ending glass of iced tea … 3 servings of escargot … and usually 2 desserts. Everyone wants something different – Hakuna Matata!

      have you ever been to a fine steakhouse? Typically, sides are ala carte … whether it be a salad, vegetables or a starch / potato. In many fine restaurants, sides are indeed served as a garnish. After all … most people select a restaurant for the entree … not the vegetables.

      I must say though, I am confused when you say the entrees are incomplete WITH veggies?

  8. Diana Eichfeld

    My favorite appetizer (risotto) and main dish (shrimp pasta) are gone, very sad. Nothing that’s been added looks even remotely interesting. Will have to figure something out for our December sailing.


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