When you wake up from a refreshing stay in your version of Andy’s room at the Toy Story Hotel, you have the option of visiting Lotso’s Garden again for breakfast before a busy day at Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea. . So naturally we headed to the second floor for another meal at Lotso Garden Cafe.
The Lotso Garden Cafe is located just off the lobby to the right, cleverly themed like a storybook. We’re guessing Lotso’s portrayal is more in line with how his fictional designers would imagine him than as an intriguing “Toy Story 3” villain.
Right at the entrance, guests are greeted with a statue of Lotso and a photo op, which nearby Cast Members will be happy to assist diners with.
Throughout the restaurant are faux trees in a flat art style cleverly hidden in supporting columns.
Murals throughout the restaurant depict Lotso in his garden with the animals, harvesting fruit for all to enjoy.
A giant lit rainbow also divides most of the restaurant.
The table design is fairly basic, with plain white tables flanked by green or orange chairs. The cabins are covered with a green coating.
It’s quite spacious inside, certainly enough to hold over 100 guests at a time.
The buffet has two identical spaces, both offering the same food. It’s worth bouncing around if you’re looking for the cutest items to restock.
As Japan is still taking precautions against COVID-19, customers are required to sanitize their hands and wear gloves at all times when using the buffet.
There’s definitely plenty to try for breakfast, and you sure won’t be hungry by the time you leave. So try everything on the menu.
While still better than the grilled vegetables we had for dinner, the assortment of carrots, cauliflower and, even worse, broccoli, was just horribly unappealing. The carrots were fine; the rest was not in the least.
These delicious pancakes are made in the kitchen and heated on the plancha in front of the guests. The strawberry print is also made in front of guests on the buffet, making for a fun presentation if you catch the chef doing it.
These lean more towards traditional American pancakes than the Japanese soufflé we’d expect, but they’re still a bit dry. Nevertheless, we really enjoyed it and recommend asking the chef for some.
Your choice of maple syrup, mixed berry sauce, and chocolate sauce is also available to top your pancake.
Pizza-Style Sausage Tortillas
Unfortunately, we found them to be rather lackluster and rather confusing. The origin of “pizza style” is beyond us, as they look nothing like pizza except for the cheese on top, which was closer to Velveeta than real cheese. The sausage is dry, the cheese is stale, and they were still cold, even after trying a seemingly fresh batch. Pass.
Pretty classic sausages and potatoes, with a nice, juicy flavor. One of the western options that hits closer to home for sure. Ketchup and mustard are also offered.
Bacon & Vegetables
Right next to it are, unfortunately, bacon and vegetables. If you’ve never had bacon in Japan, it’s not like bacon in the United States. They serve it more like a cross between the American version and the Canadian bacon, with a bigger, thicker slice of pork that’s chewy rather than crispy. It’s normally unpalatable, but combined with Tokyo Disney Resort’s flavorless grilled vegetables, it’s even more of an unfortunate addition.
vegetable soup with pasta
Thank goodness the minestrone is hard to spoil, as the version sold in our parks is always a welcome addition. A slightly watery version of tomato soup with onions and beans makes this a refined if slightly unconventional addition to the breakfast menu.
And now we come to the Japanese section of the buffet. Fortunately, this pork was actually quite excellent! Served hot in a delicious soy sauce mixture, the meat had a juicy and chewy profile that made it a pleasant addition to our plate.
Thick fried tofu and mizuna salad
This is where we started to lose interest in more Japanese offerings. Tofu, by its very nature, is rather tasteless, so there wasn’t much here to enjoy either way but porridge. Combine that with simple greens, and we just felt like it was pretty useless at first glance.
Small sardines with grated daikon
Sardines? No. Daikon radish? Doubly no. Difficult pass from us, but it could be natto, so that’s a net positive.
Salt Grilled Horse Mackerel
Like the dinner salmon, this was served cold, which made the fish dry, all the more problematic as it was salt-grilled. If it had been cooler, we would have greatly appreciated it.
Nozawana is a pickled, leafy vegetable, which is probably exactly reminiscent of its taste. It’s milder than something like kale or chard, but still not great if you’re expecting something more like spinach or asparagus.
Burdock and sautéed carrots
Simple roots mixed with bland carrots, it’s really nothing special and certainly not worth moving everything.
It’s hard to go wrong with egg salad, and making it a Pixar Ball is a doubly nice touch! It’s a nice egg salad, with a nice whipped texture that doesn’t overwhelm.
Pumpkin soy milk soup
The sweet, savory taste of pumpkin is slightly muted, but not unrecognizable, by soy milk. We took two and shot them down like gunfire; it was very nice!
Bo Peep Potato Salad: both cute and delicious! The ribbon pasta on top is a nice touch and purely decorative, but the potato salad had a good balance of mush and chunky with a few veggies to add a bit more flavor.
Smoked salmon and vegetable salad
When choosing the broccoli, it was quite nice! The vegetables we got were cucumber, bell pepper, tomato and onion, which went well with the juicy and tender salmon meat.
Carrot salad with strawberries
Still as confusing as at dinner. Where the “strawberry” was supposed to be, we weren’t quite sure. These tasted like shredded carrots dipped in vinegar, not at all a pleasant flavor that completely ruins them.
A nice nod to another Pixar movie, this one takes on more of a chunky salsa look than anything you might recognize from the movie or a quick Google search. Any other flavors that might have been present were almost entirely lost behind the very strong tomato base, which isn’t necessarily what it’s supposed to be.
Imagine a giant punch bowl filled with canned Dole fruit salad. It is what it is.
Plain yogurt, but blue. It’s not special, really. But it reminds us of the blue sky background in the hotel room.
Panna Cotta with blueberry sauce
This subtly sweet panna cotta was surprisingly true to our idea of an Italian dessert, with a slightly sweet cream cheese flavor combined with just the right amount of blueberry. Take a few; well worth it.
Again, just plain yogurt. If you like that kind of stuff, this is perfect for you.
You can add these fruit compotes to your yogurt to give it a little more flavor. And yes, we know the signs were upside down.
Just like at dinner, an assortment of greens was available to add to your plate, along with three types of dressing.
Bread Gratin with Mixed Fruit Sauce
It was basically bread pudding, and a pretty good execution to boot! It cut quite easily and had a pleasantly sweet taste that made us wish they sold it at other locations around Tokyo Disney Resort. Take half if you can; it was among our favorites at the buffet.
Eggs and potatoes
It’s hard to go wrong here, even if for a $22 buffet, you’d expect a little better than powdered eggs accompanied by rather plain potatoes. One thing is for sure – the seasoning was definitely missed here, and something they should have incorporated.
Berry jelly and mango pudding
These were delicious, with delicious blackberries, strawberries and cranberries in the berry jelly, and a milky mango flavor for the pudding, which creates a pleasant experience.
The melon, pineapple and orange slices were all quite thin, although the first two were probably frozen before.
It’s hard to say anything special (good or bad) about the standard breakfast cereal. There were chocolate Cheerios, Corn Flakes and granola.
Guests also have a choice of coffees and teas available with their meal. Three Coke Freestyle stations were also ready, two at each buffet and one at the back of the restaurant.
Overall, Lotso Garden Cafe’s breakfast buffet is still better than dinner, but it’s not a hard bar to clean. We found more than we liked here, but it still left something to be desired. Buffets are one area we’d like to see improve at Tokyo Disney Resort, but it seems the reforms and updates we’ve started to see in some menus at the resort haven’t quite made it.
Even if the resort was open to people without a reservation, we wouldn’t recommend a dedicated trip. But if you’re already at the station, you might as well give it a try.
The Lotso Garden Cafe is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for breakfast. Reservations for the restaurant and stay at the Toy Story Hotel are required for dining.
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