Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Chefs de France review

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dine at a cafe in the middle of Paris, France? Epcot's Chefs de France restaurant will give you a very good idea of what that's like. Although the tables are a bit close together, the high ceilings and full length windows overlooking the World Showcase give this restaurant an airy and open feel.

When most of us think of French cuisine, visions of frog legs, escargot and eclairs come to mind. Nope, not one frog leg on the menu! However, I did hear several patrons claim the Cassolette d'escargots de Bourgogne au beurre persille  were divine.

We started our meal with several appetizers:

Soupe a l'aignon gratinee (French onion soup) 

I will be the first to admit:  I love onion soup, and this did not disappoint. Usually, onion soup here in the States is topped with Provolone or some other cheese the Chef deems fitting. This version is topped with a wonderfully creamy Gruyere cheese and made on premise french bread. I know, right? Gruyere cheese! For those vacationers who visit Disney in the cooler months, this is a perfect *warm you up, prepare for a great meal* start to a terrific dining experience.

A la flamme Alsacienne 

"Alsace specialty flatbread"

Being from New Jersey, anything shaped like a pizza is well, pizza! Wrong... so very wrong. With a wonderful balance of sauteed onions, bacon and creme fraiche, this little beauty was delightful. Another appetizer Disney restaurants offer than can easily be shared. We absolutely loved the mixture of these flavors.

Plateau de fromage 

"Cheese Board"

This.Was.Outstanding! Four cheeses, with grapes, raisin and walnut bread and another loaf of baked on premise french bread. Honestly, between the Alsace flatbread and this gorgeous platter, is dinner (of course paired with some outstanding French wines) Definitely enough to share.
After our fabulous appetizers, it was on to dinner.

Filet de saumon aux lentilles

"Broiled salmon with  braised lentils and bacon"
Minus the bacon (which you can ask your server to omit) this is a very heart healthy meal. My husband absolutely loved this. Flaky, nicely seasoned, a definite *will do again* meal.

Gratin de Macaroni 

"Baked macaroni"
Ok, pasta, cream and Gruyere cheese. Really? What's not to like! As fabulous as this dish is, its a tad heavy, but very good!

Filet de boueuf grille

"Grilled tenderloin of beef served with green peppercorn sauce, potato gratin of savoy and green beans"
This was my son's dish. Let me just say, he is a HUGE steak lover, and proclaims this steak almost as good as Yachtsman's Steakhouse and a tad above Le Cellier. WOW.. who knew? He substituted fries (when in France, right?) for the potato gratin and loved this.

After our very filling meal, it was on to desert.

Creme Brulee

Seriously, does this need a description? Just delish, simple enough. (two members of my dining party may have fought over the last delicious spoonful.)

Fresh Strawberry and cream cake with raspberry sauce and strawberry sorbet.

After a wonderfully satisfying meal, I needed something light. This was perfect... not heavy at all and just enough.

Puff choux with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce

This was divine. This is the same dessert, that was listed on the menu as Profiteroles in the past. We all loved it!

Chefs de France also offers a vast selection of French wines. Our meal was just outstanding, and a definite *must visit again* restaurant, Bon Appetit Moi Amore, you will NOT be disappointed!

Located in Epcot's French Pavillion
Lunch: 12:00 - 3:00pm
Dinner 4:30 - 9:00pm


Deb Casterline is a weekly, guest blogger exclusive to the Kingdom Konsultant Blog. 

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