*This gluten free dining experience took place in July 2018.
Breakfast at The Wave
The Wave, located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, is a table service that is often overlooked by Disney guests. Tucked away on the first floor of the Contemporary Resort, The Wave is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to table service dining. Both Brandon and I really enjoy dinner at The Wave, and I have found breakfast to be equally solid. On this particular occasion, I made an early Sunday morning trip by myself to the Magic Kingdom and stopped by The Wave for breakfast. I hadn’t been for breakfast in quite a while and thought it would be great to check it out again.
In some of my dinner reviews, I have gone into more detail about the restaurant’s atmosphere. As you can guess from the name, the restaurant reflects both waves and New American cuisine.
I always appreciate that the restaurant’s entrance looks like an artistic wave.
I was seated in a small table in the main dining room. As you can see, the wave theme is found in the ceiling and on the chairs. I also like the modern carpet and colorful decor.
Of course, what I was really at The Wave for was the food! At breakfast this restaurant offers both an a la carte menu and a buffet. With this in mind, I was brought the allergy-friendly breakfast menu and the allergen guide for the buffet. At any time, you can also speak with a chef to discuss options, including having items from the buffet brought directly from the kitchen to avoid cross-contamination.
On this visit, I opted to order from the a la carte menu. There were quite a few options on it, and the chefs at The Wave are very good at customizing too.
I decided to order the Omelet Your Way with Your Choice of Ham, Bacon, Mushroom, Onion, Tomato, Cheese, or Spinach with Breakfast Potatoes. This is marked safe for Gluten/Wheat, Peanut/Tree Nut, and Soy Allergies. It can also be made dairy free upon request.
Overall, I really enjoyed my omelet. I ordered mine with ham, onion, spinach, and topped with Tillamook Cheddar (since I’ve reintroduced dairy back into my diet). The omelet was well-cooked and chock full of ingredients. The breakfast potatoes were also quite good and seasoned well. I could have gone without all the peppers and onions, as they weren’t as cooked down as I’d like them to be, but overall, the potatoes were a solid breakfast side.
I also asked for gluten free toast with my breakfast. The non-special diets version of this entree comes with a biscuit, so it’s worth asking for the side of toast because it was not listed as an included side. I wasn’t charged extra for it, so that was a nice bonus too.
On previous visits, I was served Udi’s Gluten Free bread at both breakfast and dinner. But, on this visit, I was served Ener-G brand bread which is gluten free, dairy free, and vegan (and covers many other special dietary needs too). I also asked for a side of Earth Balance vegan buttery spread for the toast. Though I do eat some dairy now, believe it or not I still prefer the Earth Balance.
The toast itself was quite good, and I have to say that I’ve been impressed with the Ener-G bread that I’ve been served recently. Disney seems to be adding it to more restaurants in place of Udi’s Gluten Free bread. And, I have found that the Ener-G bread tastes better than what I remembered.
On my way out, my server Victor offered me an iced tea to go. How adorable is the Mickey straw he gave me to go with the drink? Talk about a magical way to end a delicious breakfast.
The Wave consistently offers a delicious breakfast with a variety of options. Although I did not get them on this visit, guests can speak with a chef about ordering The Wave’s signature sweet potato pancakes gluten free (and dairy free) too. Plus, their options for a la carte and all-you-care-to-enjoy style dining give you plenty to choose from. You definitely won’t go hungry. If dining at a more low-key restaurant is your speed, you’ll appreciate The Wave’s more relaxed and quieter atmosphere too. This is a restaurant that I’ll continue to visit for an occasional breakfast on a lazy Sunday or before heading into the parks.
Have you been to The Wave? What did you enjoy when you dined there?