|Julian's Toast to Disney|
|Monsieur Paul's Fish with Potato "Scales"|
And like all Disney restaurants, young family members are quite welcome. They seated us at a nice table for two at the window in a more quiet section of the restaurant. But there were children from high-chair sized to young adult in the dining room. They do ask you to dress up a little (no t-shirts or cut-offs) but they didn't seem to enforce any dress code onsite. Most diners however did seem to make it a special occasion dinner, and were dressed a bit nicer even if they'd spent a day in the park. I highly recommend Monsieur Paul if you are looking for fine dining and/or a special occasion while at EPCOT. While we've had finer French food in France, this is about as good as French gets in America.
MAGIC KINGDOM: If you're at the Magic Kingdom and want something where you'll be more comfortable with the children who might get loud or messy at dinner, then consider Be Our Guest. This is a quick-service lunch and table-service dining venue in Fantasyland themed after the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. In fact, after dinner, you can have your photo taken with the beast in his library. But before that you'll be offered a menu of nice options.
I enjoyed the pork chop with baked macaroni and cheese with a side of French green beans. Kevin had the encrusted lamb chops and I must say it was perfectly prepared and quite delicious.
Now mind you, this is a volume dining establishment and serves thousands of people each day. The main dining room alone (shown below) is very large and noisy. There is a second, less-formal looking dining room as well but it's also lovely and large. To deal with the volume, the menu is limited, so the kitchen is cranking out plates of each item well before you've ordered it. That's not to say they are poorly prepared or even not hot/fresh, but simply that your meal choices arrive quickly as most diners want to get back out into the parks. And after dinner, they offer a nice pastry cart of choices for dessert.
.If you're wondering about wine in the Magic Kingdom, the mouse does drink! In fact, in addition to a modest selection of good wine options, this restaurant boasts it's own label. We had their Chardonnay and it was pretty good and made a fine accompaniment for our dinner. Titled "L'Ombre de la Bete" (or Shadow of the Beast) the wine is called this because you are dining in the Beast's castle and as the story goes it was grown in his vineyards.
|Disney's Own Wine Label|
L'Ombre de la Bete
HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS: Looking for something less high-end and more casual? We enjoyed the Sci-Fi Drive-In Theater at Hollywood Studios. Modeled after drive-in theaters you may remember from your youth, you sit "under the stars" in 50's era cars and watch old clips from science fiction movies while you dine on burgers, ribs and mostly other picnic fare. You can get seafood, pasta and steaks as well, but we always say it's best to go for what the restaurant specializes in when making menu choices. We had some great local beer here as well.
|Hollywood Studio's Sci-Fi Drive In Restaurant|
ANIMAL KINGDOM: This park, which is part zoo, part theme-park, has no real dinner options because the park closes by 7PM daily, as the animals are fed and cared for in the evenings. There is likewise no night-time show here. But you can get good dining at the associated resort hotel near the park entrance. Jiko - The Cooking Place, offers a blend of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine with vibrant spices, wood-burning ovens and a nice selection of South African wines. Some of the residents of the park seem to be on the menu, including roasted wild boar and crispy duck. But there is also a good selection of vegetarian cuisine.
|Yachtsman Steak House Prime Steaks|