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Locals who patronized the eatery atop Disney's Contemporary Resort when it was the Top Of The World will remember grand floor shows. But these days, the kitchen's the show.

Now known as the California Grill, the 15th-floor restaurant has been renovated to provide every table with a panorama. Diners also have full view of food-preparation stations, leaving no doubt about what takes place there: spice-and-herb magic and perfect presentation.

Now known as the California Grill, the 15th-floor restaurant has been renovated to provide every table with a panorama. Diners also have full view of food-preparation stations, leaving no doubt about what takes place there: spice-and-herb magic and perfect presentation.

The menu opens with a half-dozen California pizzas ($8.50-$10.75) in such original combinations as house-smoked salmon with chives-and-scallion cream. We opted, though, to hook one of the 10 sushi and sashimi selections ($5.50-$19.25) – a California sampler that included tuna, shrimp, salmon and vegetable rolls. The fish tasted as if it had left the water moments before; the diced, flavorful veggies were tucked in with rice prepared just right.

The menu opens with a half-dozen California pizzas ($8.50-$10.75) in such original combinations as house-smoked salmon with chives-and-scallion cream. We opted, though, to hook one of the 10 sushi and sashimi selections ($5.50-$19.25) – a California sampler that included tuna, shrimp, salmon and vegetable rolls. The fish tasted as if it had left the water moments before; the diced, flavorful veggies were tucked in with rice prepared just right.

From among seven "First Course" dishes ($6.25-$10.50), my partner opted for the lemon grass and rock shrimp soup. Its base is a blend of lemon grass broth lightly touched with Thai curry that permeated bits of carrots and onions and mushrooms. A splash of hot chili oil sets the dish apart.

From among seven "First Course" dishes ($6.25-$10.50), my partner opted for the lemon grass and rock shrimp soup. Its base is a blend of lemon grass broth lightly touched with Thai curry that permeated bits of carrots and onions and mushrooms. A splash of hot chili oil sets the dish apart.

I chose the baked garlic paired with a plateful of Castrocille artichokes, a complement of kalamata olives and a generous wedge of focaccia. The artichoke is usually prepared au gratin, but I requested no cheese. Such a dish! The garlic – thankfully without breading – enhanced the au jus of the artichoke, which was perfect for dipping with the focaccia.

I chose the baked garlic paired with a plateful of Castrocille artichokes, a complement of kalamata olives and a generous wedge of focaccia. The artichoke is usually prepared au gratin, but I requested no cheese. Such a dish! The garlic – thankfully without breading – enhanced the au jus of the artichoke, which was perfect for dipping with the focaccia.

Entrees ($16.75-$24.75) range from tempura bonsai tuna with spicy Mitsumi salad to barbecued grilled beef fillet. The San Francisco copping, with double garlic pasta in tomato broth, was chock-full of fresh piscine delights, its broth richly aromatic. And an extemporaneously prepared Vegas meal – a stir-fry of julienne vegetables and Shiite mushrooms on a bed of nutty conscious with sides of Asian black-bean slaw and a cilantro pest – was spectacular.

Entrees ($16.75-$24.75) range from tempura bonsai tuna with spicy Mitsumi salad to barbecued grilled beef fillet. The San Francisco copping, with double garlic pasta in tomato broth, was chock-full of fresh piscine delights, its broth richly aromatic. And an extemporaneously prepared Vegas meal – a stir-fry of julienne vegetables and Shiite mushrooms on a bed of nutty conscious with sides of Asian black-bean slaw and a cilantro pest – was spectacular.

For dessert (nine items $4.75-$6) my mate dove into the "chocolate wave trio" – literally a chocolate wave cupping a scoop of chocolate sorbed and a serving of chocolate mousse. Oh, and wedges of fudge. Asked about this delicacy, he could only babble his delight

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