REVIEW: A disappointing lunch buffet offers few good options on Day 2 of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

For those returning hungry from Batuu or staying on the Halcyon, a buffet lunch is served in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room on Day 2 of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Most of the offerings are different from the first day welcome lunch buffet.

Lunch buffet offers

Soups and salads

Chilli Spicy Cucumber Garden

Pickled cucumbers

This salad consists of a light oily coating on cucumber slices. It was rather bland and disappointing.

Burrata with red fruits

Caprese salad with balsamic pearls and tomato jelly

This was an average to below average burrata dish. The cheese is served with tomato relish and chunks of stale purple bread. It was okay – not great, but at least edible.

Sweet Tuber with Spicy Batuu Curry

Sweet potato curry topped with a granola bar

The curry soup was awful, but the granola bar was good. A little mixed for this dish, but overall we’d skip it if we had the option again.

Starters

Kaadu Rib Bites

with sweet glaze, spicy coleslaw and sesame seeds

Kaadu are farm animals on Naboo. The Gungans use them as mounts, as seen in “The Phantom Menace”. The terrestrial equivalent is pork.

These Kaadu ribs are good; nothing really spectacular about them but satisfying nonetheless. They are sure to be a favorite with diners. They are very similar to Docking Bay 7’s kaadu ribs, but cut into individual sections and served with a different, sweeter sauce. The spicy coleslaw below was less enjoyable and tasted like it had been sitting for a while.

Tamarind Glazed Burra Fish

with Longfruit Leaf, Braised Kale, Chickpeas and Curry

Burra fish are native to the planet Dathomir, the homeworld of Asajj Ventress, Quinlan Vos and Darth Maul. Longfruit is the term for bananas.

It was actually a very good dish. The fish was cooked well, the quinoa was good, and the braised kale was nice, all with a coconut based sauce. Chickpeas and corn complement the vegetables, making for a well-balanced mix.

Marinated pan-fried tofu

with Saffron Rice, Peas, Sumac, Pickled Onions, Kalamata Olives, Aioli and Flatbread

Since the tofu was advertised as pan-fried and crispy, we weren’t impressed to find that wasn’t the case. We wish that was the case, because this dish had a lot of potential. The accompanying couscous was good, and even better with the addition of kalamata olives into the mix.

Blue foccacia and sausage to take away

with red fruit jam (tomato) and ahi aioli

This sausage was decent, tasted like smoked turkey sausage. The bun was less pleasing, prompting WDWNT’s Tom Corless to remark, “I think they’ve outdone themselves. This is the worst Disney food I have ever eaten.

Bantha Beef and Tuber

Beef flatbread with pickled onions, red peppers, cotija cheese and vinegar herb sauce

Banthas are the large furry creatures native to Tatooine, most recently seen in “The Book of Boba Fett”. The earthly equivalent of Bantha meat is beef.

It was the best item on the buffet. Pieces of beef resembling short ribs, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto came together in a very nice combination.

Butter and sunflower jelly

We thought it would be like a cream puff, but it’s a thin, hard shell. It cracked when we tried to break it. That being said, it was actually very tasty, with a plentiful supply of sunflower butter and jelly inside. It’s a huge step up from the encrusted sandwiches found all over Walt Disney World.

Yip Dipped Tip Chicken

served with noodle cheese

Visitors to Batuu will know the Tip Yip Chicken from Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo. The Tip Yip is a breed of chicken native to Endor (the moon forest of the Ewoks, as seen in “Return of the Jedi”).

This has nugget-sized versions of the same dense chicken with batter breading. The noodles are a little soggy and the cheese has a fairly mild flavor. This is the way to go if you’re intimidated by some of the other items (or have picky kids).

Desserts

Jogan’s Cream

Jogan mousse with freeze-dried raspberries

Jogan is a round, purple fruit found throughout the galaxy and used in many desserts.

It was another presentation of a berry mousse, this time on a chocolate cookie with a dollop of bland whipped cream. The little red things are pieces of freeze-dried raspberries. It didn’t matter much to us.

Salted Caramel-Chocolate Cake

A salted caramel brownie and dollops of not-so-sweet whipped mascarpone cheesecake. The brownie was fine, but combined with the salted caramel, it’s pretty good. The dollops of mascarpone don’t add much, and they sprinkle that green topping over everything and pretend it looks like space.

Sweetbread of the day

Chocolate chip cookie

Seems like every buffet needs familiar comfort food that tastes really good. That’s it. Soft and buttery, a pleasant surprise how good they were.

Beverages

Blue and green milk in keg

Fountain Soda

Iced tea

Complimentary espresso, cappuccino, and latte are available on request (you can also order spiked versions for an additional fee).

A la carte drinks

morning concoctions

Halcyon’s Bloody Grudge (Bloody Mary) – $15

Vodka, Golden Tomato Juice, and Carbonite-Dipped Bloody Rancor Cubes

SWGS Bloody Rancor

It wasn’t particularly special, and with the exception of the cubes, not an interesting presentation either. If you must have a Bloody Mary this will fill the need but otherwise not worth buying.

Specialty alcoholic cocktails

Mark of the Huntress – $13

Bourbon whiskey, Peach-infused blackcurrant, Orgeat (almond), lemon and sparkling bubbles

The fishing is strong with this one. Very nice fruity flavor, but the bourbon remains the base of this drink. The orgeat adds just a hint of almond flavor, and the bubbles provide just a bit of fizz that gives the drink an unexpected mouthfeel. The filling is a very thin slice of dehydrated pineapple with a Luxardo cherry. It’s the most expensive drink on the menu (we don’t know why) but very tasty.

Dagobah Vimlet (Vodka Gimlet) – $15

Vodka, herbaceous orange liqueur, lime and pepper

Very alcoholic. Mainly lime and vodka, the herbal orange liqueur gives a very herbal flavor but not much orange. The peppercorns were actually just ground pepper (and very little). Didn’t give anything to the flavor. Overall it was ok, but we wouldn’t order it again. However, when we had it again at the Sublight Lounge (in order to get the souvenir mug) it was served with ice, which was a big improvement.

Looking for your favorite drink? A note at the bottom of the menu says all you have to do is ask. Along with a few draft beer selections, rum, vodka, whiskey, bourbon, gin, tequila, and vermouth are always stocked.

Globally

Lunch today was even more disappointing than the first day. There were a few good choices here, but instead of average fare, many dishes were downright bad. We were happy to have had a full lunch on Batuu earlier.

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