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Posted by on Apr 22, 2013

Review of Victoria & Albert’s from a reader

What is your favorite restaurant at Walt Disney World? We’ve all heard that question before. Whether it is a fellow Disney fan wanting opinions on the restaurants they’ve chosen for their next trip, or maybe it’s a first time visitor who needs advice on a “can’t miss” restaurant. How do you answer that question? Is it California Grill for the view? Maybe it’s Le Cellier Steakhouse for the mushroom filet mignon. Both of those are great choices, as are many other WDW restaurants but there is one WDW restaurant that is in a league of its own. That restaurant is Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and I was recently lucky enough to dine there.

In March, my wife and I dined in the main dining room to celebrate her birthday and it was truly a wonderful experience. From the moment we arrived at the valet stand to the moment we picked up our car three hours later, we were treated like royalty. After you’ve been seated, you are introduced to your service team. Throughout your dinner, you will have two servers who will make sure that you get anything and everything that you want. The main dining room consists of seven courses. In addition to those seven courses, there were also three different types of bread offered throughout the meal, as well as a coffee and tea service, and some chocolate candies at the end of your meal. They also gave us some cranberry, orange, and date bread for breakfast the next morning. If you go home hungry from this meal, you’re doing something wrong.

For each course, you’re able to choose from two or three different options. My wife and I each ordered different things for each course and then shared so that we could try more things. The meal begins with an Amuse-Bouche which was a series of four small appetizers that really just whet your appetite. After that, you’re taken on a culinary journey that you’ll never forget. Here are the courses that we dined on.

Second Course:
Masago Crusted Gulf Shrimp with Ponzu Vinaigrette
Octopus “A La Plancha” with Black Garlic Aioli

Third Course:
Diver Scallop with Zellwood Corn Ragout
Florida Black Grouper with Yellow Tomato Bouillon and Almonds

Fourth Course:
Braised Oxtail and Cherry Ravioli with Roasted Red Peppers
Long Island Duck Breast and Sausage with Roasted Cauliflower

Fifth Course:
Poulet Rouge with Hedgehog Mushrooms and Gnocchi
Australian Kobe-Style Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Garlic-Potato Puree

Sixth Course:
Cheese plate consisting of Sottocenere Al Tartufo, Parmigiano Reggiano, Colston Bassett Stilton, and Gouda Reypenaer XO

Seventh Course:
Caramelized Banana Gateau
Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle

Each course is made with nothing but the freshest ingredients and each plate is a work of art. While it’s true that this dining experience is not cheap, for the amount of time that we spent there and the extravagance of the experience, I feel like it is well worth the cost. This isn’t something that we will do on every trip to Disney World. In fact, it will probably be several trips before we even consider this meal again. But if you’re celebrating something special like a birthday or an anniversary and you’re looking for an experience unlike any other available at Walt Disney World, then Victoria & Albert’s is definitely the place that you want to choose.

See ya real soon,
Alan

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