REVIEW: Welcome Lunch Buffet offers average entrees and delicious desserts on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

We checked in for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser’s first official voyage and headed to the lunch buffet in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room.

Lunch buffet options

Each dish is plated in modular crockery. The trays, decorated with the Chandrila Star Line emblem, have square and rectangular slots to hold your selections.

Salads

garden vegetables

Red quinoa, croutons, slice of parma, Creamy Chandrilan Greenveg Dressing

Several items are “Chandrilan”, implying that the dish or ingredient is from the Chandrila Star Line’s homeworld.

This is a fairly basic Caesar style salad. The lettuce is a little wilted and the parmesan disc was not super crispy.

The dressing is creamy and similar to a Caesar, but sweeter. The quinoa adds a nice texture and appearance, but adds nothing in terms of flavor.

Croutons are cornbread and also complement the sweetness of the dressing.

Chandrilan Salad

Mushrooms, kale, olives, squash fruit and white berry vinegar

Chandrilan Salad is plump pearl pasta grilled with kale, mushrooms, zucchini, and a broccoli-cauliflower hybrid.

The kale is very crispy and does not soften in the dressing. The dressing is quite strong and just a bit too heavy in vinegar for the dish.

The menu card says olives, but there were none in our servings.

Soups

Fire melted cheese to take away with red fruit soup

Bubble waffle grilled cheese with tomato soup

“Red fruit” is the name for tomatoes in the Star Wars universe.

It was like grilled cheese made in a bubble waffle iron. But the bread was strange and the cheese was cooked. So you get a cheesy flavor, but not a gooey grilled cheese like you might expect. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t our favorite.

The tomato soup dip was a nice touch, tasty enough even for someone who doesn’t like tomato soup. This dish is likely to appeal to children and picky eaters.

Sorgan Stew

Rice, crayfish tails and yellow seed stick

Crawfish are ordinary crayfish, borrowing the name from the crustaceans found on the planet Sorgan. Sorgan was featured in “The Mandalorian.”

Sorgan’s stew was stew-like, with chunks of crayfish in a tangy tomato-based sauce with black rice. Crispbread is cornbread, similar to croutons on greens.

The crayfish is a bit rubbery, but overall a decent dish. An interesting southern vibe on this dish in space.

Starters

Pork and cheese to go

Ham, cheese and black spice spread

The puff pastry is just like Brazilian cheese bread, but the cheese is definitely cheddar. There is a thin slice of deli ham in it.

It’s a great option for kids, but adults will enjoy it too, especially for less adventurous eaters.

roasted flora

Tubers, red cabbage, mushrooms

A vegan dish with roasted vegetables including purple potatoes, red and yellow peppers, onions, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.

There’s a light buttery sauce on the veggies and a crumbly topping that we can’t quite identify, but added a weird spice that we’re not sure we liked.

Nori Crusted Rockfish

Rice, mushrooms and red cabbage

It smelled bad, like fish food. The nori crust was overkill and was the downfall of the dish.

The green rice that came with the salmon was undercooked and tasteless.

The salmon itself was well cooked, but still juicy. It could be great with just a sprinkle of nori.

Tikka Tip Yip Chicken Flatbread

with Panir cheese

The sign advertises this as having Tip Yip Chicken, but ours had no chicken on it.

It has a great crust. It looks like flatbread, but it’s puffy and chewy. The tomato sauce has a hint of tikka masala spice. The paneer cheese cubes are great, but a bit odd on top of the mozzarella. All in all, it’s a solid option.

Yip Dipped Tip Chicken

Noodle Cheese Chicken Nuggets

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 bit soft. 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!).

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. A huge step up from an Uncrustable. It’s very full of sunflower butter and jelly.

Desserts

Choco-Whip with Hibiscus Meringue

A very rich and strong dark chocolate flavor with hibiscus that adds a berry note. The green crumbles have a slight taste of matcha.

The hibiscus flavored disc has a crisp meringue consistency.

This dessert has a very powerful, yet delicious flavor.

Blue Bantha Milk Fruit Whip

A solid offering filled with a sweet berry mousse.

Sweetbread of the day

Chocolate biscuit

The texture on the outside is that of a macaroon, while the inside is nice and fluffy. It’s quite good, like all desserts.

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

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.

Specialty alcoholic cocktails

We tried two of the specialty cocktails at lunch today, but never fear, we’ll try every cocktail, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, on our trip. Stay tuned for more comments!

Mark of the Huntress – $23

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. Primarily lime and vodka, the grassy orange liqueur gives a very grassy 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.

Globally

It was not up to the quality we expected, considering the price of the experience. The Disney Cruise Line buffets are better. Some of the more inventive things (salmon, crawfish, vegetables) were just not good, and the less inventive things (salad, pizza, desserts) were just average.

The lunch buffet is served from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for arriving guests.

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