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Friday Feast: Lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant

To say that this restaurant was on the highly anticipated list of places to visit is an understatement.  Ever since the menu was released, I was chomping at the bit to have lunch at the Be Our Guest Restaurant.  Why lunch?  Well there is one menu item that was calling my name and it seriously lived up to all my expectations!

But before we go there, let’s start from the beginning.  Look at the amazing theming at the entrance of the restaurant…

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When dining for lunch, you are sent to the left of the entrance on on a queue to place your order.  While waiting, you are surrounded by various suits of armor who are having a candid conversation 🙂  Make sure to keep you ears open!

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Hidden Mickey!

Hidden Mickey!

There are digital menus all in the entrance way so you can make  figure out what you want before entering the ordering area…obviously I have cupcakes on the mind…

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When you come to the ordering area, the host explains the RFID Rose you will get after placing your order and directs you to the next available kiosk.

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The “rose” is a sort of tracking device that you place on your table that allows the servers to find you and deliver your meal…super cool technology!!  When I visited, it was still soon after the restaurant opened so they had cast members assisting with the ordering process.  It was fairly simple to understand so I’m not sure how necessary this was…

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After placing our order, we wer directed to find a table in one of the three dining rooms and place our rose in the center of the table.  The first room you enter is the Ballroom which is expansive and elegant.

Ballroom

Ballroom

To the right of the Ballroom is the Rose Gallery.  This area was actually closed when I was there for “technical difficulties” but I was snuck my way in to snap a photo 🙂

The Rose Gallery Gorgeous!

The Rose Gallery
Gorgeous!

But my favorite room has to be The West Wing!  It’s dark, mysterious and has everything that embodies Beauty and the Beast.

The West Wing

The West Wing

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Sadly there was no room in the West Wind so we found a table in the Ballroom, placed our rose in the center of the table and waited for our food to arrive.

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I think my favorite thing about the restaurant (well besides the food) is is how the food arrives!  The servers bring it out on on these fabulously old fashioned rolling carts.  It just fits perfectly within the theming of the restaurant.

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So now onto the food…my favorite part!  I’m going to start with the quick service dish to top all quick service dishes: Braised Pork.  YUM!  This is served with veggies, mashed potatoes and bacon…how can you go wrong with that?!  Honestly, this is one of the best dishes I’ve had on WDW property, and you know how I love to eat!!

Braised Pork

I was with a group of about 8 other people so I got to see many of the other dishes they had to offer…they all looked delicious!!

Tuna Nicoise Salad

Tuna Nicoise Salad

Quinoa Salad

Vegetable Quiche

Vegetable Quiche

Chocolate Cupcake

Chocolate Cupcake

But seriously…don’t waste your time on anything else.  Just order the Braised Pork and come back to thank me later….it’s SO good.

Overall, I love the restaurant and can’t wait to go back!  Next time, I hope to have dinner there so I can finally have a glass of wine in the Magic Kingdom!

Have you eaten at Be Our Guest Restaurant?  What’s your favorite dish? 

 

Friday Feast: Le Bernardin

Last weekend marked the end of my birthday month, but thankfully it ended on a very high note!  B and I met my Dad and Stepmom in NYC for dinner at my FAVORITE restaurant, Le Bernardin.

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This seafood mecca run by acclaimed Chef Eric Ripert (follow him on Twitter!) has consistently been voted Most Popular and No. 1 for Food in Zagat.  Le Bernardin serves only the finest quality seafood and it is prepared so perfectly, that it almost brings a foodie like me to tears.  I have been fortunate to have visited this restaurant twice prior to this meal and those have been some of the most memorable meals of my life.  This night was no exception!

B and I arrived a bit early, so we headed to the bar for a cocktail.  The restaurant recently had a complete overhaul of its design and decor, and it was absolutely stunning!  The bar was particularly impressive with a “mixology” station where the bartender made each drink so as not to disturb the guests.

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I ordered my usual Grey Goose martini, which to my surprise was stirred, not shaken.  This was actually my first time having a stirred martini and I have to say, it’s not my preference.  There is something about the ice cold shaken martini that I love and this just didn’t hit the mark.  Definitely not a Disney martini which are the best I’ve ever had!

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My Dad and Stepmom arrived and we were quickly seated at a lovely table that over looked the entire dining room.  I managed to take this horribly blurry photo…ugh.

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We were presented with the menu and the 3 different options available.  You can order off of the regular menu, which is a four-course prix fixe meal.  Then there are two tasting menus, the six-course Le Bernardin Tasting Menu or the eight-course Chef’s Tasting Menu.  After a very brief deliberation, we decided on the Chef’s Tasting Menu…when in Rome…

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As the menu states, “Fish is the star of the plate” and that couldn’t be more than true!  I love how simple, yet how complex all of the dishes are, and the fish is always so perfectly prepared.

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As if eight courses wasn’t enough, we started with a ridiculously amazing Amuse Bouche.  From left to right, this is smoked salmon, tuna tartare and a cauliflower puree topped with a Parmesan crisp…oh my!

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I could’ve had a few of the tartares and I would’ve been more than happy with my entire meal.  But alas, there was much more!  First course was Chef Ripert’s signature dish, thinly pounded Tuna over a thinly sliced baguette spread with foie gras and topped with chives, lemon and olive oil.  Whoa…this is AMAZING.  I have an aversion to foie gras and in this dish is actually the only time I’ve had it.  Honestly, I’m not sure how much it adds to the dish because the tuna is so amazing, but I think it adds a richness you wouldn’t have otherwise.

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The next course was a sautéed langoustine (tiny lobster) with truffles and chanterelles and an aged balsamic vinaigrette.  I’m not sure what the sauce on the bottom or what the foam was, but I do know that I could have eaten at least five more of these.

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Now the octopus, I had some reservation about.  B LOVES octopus and I’ve tried it before and have never been wowed.  If it’s not cooked properly, it can be very chewy and texture plays a large part in food for me.  Plus the suction cups always freak me out a bit.  Well, this was unlike anything I’ve ever had.  The octopus was charred and served with a green olive and black garlic emulsion and a sundried tomato sauce that was more like a salsa.  The texture of the octopus was strangely like chicken and I loved every bit of it.  Now if I liked it, you know B was in heaven 🙂

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I’m not a big fan of cooked salmon.  Smoked or raw salmon I love, but something happens when it’s cooked that I just don’t like.  This salmon was just barely cooked, so I did enjoy it although it wasn’t my favorite dish.  Plus when you top anything with black truffles, it has to be good!

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Next up was the lobster.  I had high hopes for this but sadly was disappointed, the whole table was disappointed actually.  The lobster itself was cooked perfectly, but the “goulash” part of the dish did not go well with the lobster.  The strong smoked paprika flavor completely overpowered the delicate lobster.  The potato gnocchi however was absolutely delicious and went very well with the paprika.

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The final savory dish was probably my favorite of the evening.  This was a wild striped bass over red rice and topped with a green papaya salad and a ginger-red wine sauce.  The bright ginger and green papaya were unexpected, but the perfect way to end this meal.

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Now onto the sweets!  Coconut and pineapple are one of my favorite combos so I knew I was going to love this first palette cleansing dessert.  The coconut was a light, mousse topped with a pineapple sorbet.  Under all of that was a piece of a caramelized pineapple and the whole thing was topped with micro cilantro.  YUM!

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The final course was called chocolate-popcorn…I was intrigued.  I’m not a huge rich, chocolate dessert fan so the ganache portion of this wasn’t my favorite, but the salty popcorn ice cream was amazing!  B of course helped me finish the ganache.

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We ordered coffee and out came our post dessert treats.  The salted caramel was by far my favorite…can you tell I like salty desserts??

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Our meal took 3 hours and was an incredible experience.  It’s not everyday that you get to have a meal like this, but that’s what makes it so special.  This one goes in the record books as one of the best!

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What is your most memorable meal?