Imagine returning home from your Disney World vacation and telling your friends and family you dined on cheddar cheese soup, pretzel bread and filet mignon, in a wine cellar!! Yep, believe it or not, this is totally doable!
Fashioned to replicate a wine cellar (hence the name) Le Cellier has no windows, has racks and racks of wine, is dimly lit and is a perfect restaurant for an intimate meal. Even the menus are illuminated!
Le Cellier became a Signature restaurant in March, 2011, and many recurring guests could not see spending 2 Disney Dining Plan credits per person for dinner. I will say, we do visit Le Celllier every trip, and never have had a bad meal. However, several items that were well known at Le Cellier, disappeared off of the menu, during the change over; their *to die for* cream cheese mashed potatoes, as well as the Lobster macaroni and cheese.... Poof ... gone. (Why Le Cellier, why!?!?!?!) In all fairness, loaded mashed potatoes are now offered (described as Nueske's Applewood smoked bacon, Black Diamond white cheddar cheese, chives, potato skin crisp) That really does sound good in all honesty, and definitely on my *to try* list during my upcoming visit.
I did want to mention, for those of you who make Advanced Dining Reservations 180 days out, periodically recheck the menu, as it may change, slightly, to incorporate seasonal tastes and experiences. This goes for most of the Signature Restaurants on Disney property.
Once we were seated (within 10 minutes of our ADR time) we ordered cocktails. First up, was a yearly tradition...
"Glowtini, Chocolate Martini, Rasberry Martini"
Oh wow, and yep, they had me at Chocolate Martini!! We love these! All three of these mini martinis were very, very good!! (I may have played with the glow cube all through dinner.. but so were other patrons, when at Disney....) These were just the perfect size too!! Paired with a glass of your favorite wine with your entree, is outstanding!
While enjoying our Martini Flight, our server brought out a bread basket, which included Le Cellier's legendary pretzel bread along with multi grain rolls and sourdough rolls, each representing a region in Canada. (Which I neglected to get a picture of, the bread basket was nearly empty before I could get the lens cap off of my camera) The good news is, you can ask for as many rolls as you want!
Next up, was our appetizers..
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
"made with Moosehead Beer, Nueske's Applewood Smoked Bacon"
Paired with the pretzel rolls, this alone would bring you back to Le Cellier during your future trips. I just love this!! Some do think that it's a tad salty, but in all of the years we have been at Le Cellier, it's always been on point. Just wonderful!
"Chef's handcrafted meat selection; prociutto, San Joaquin Gold and accompaniments"
My son absolutely loved this. Let me just add, whenever you see Charcuterie or Cheese Boards offered in any Disney World Signature restaurant, you can change the items to fit your taste. (If there is one meat you aren't a fan of, ask for it to be omitted and ask for more of one of the other items you fancy) Just ask your
"Celeriac, butternut-apple chutney, bacon vinaigrette"
This was my sister's appetizer and although she said the flavors were fabulous, she would have preferred that the scallop were a bit firmer. Once again, when ordering this, if you're a fan of scallops being firm, just ask your server if the Chef would mind preparing it that way. The Chef's do their best to accommodate everyone's requests.
After our appetizers (and lots and lots of pretzel bread) our entrees were placed on our table.
Le Cellier Filet Mignon
"AAA Canadian Beef Tenderloin, Le Cellier fries, white truffle butter sauce"
Normally this is served with mushroom risotto and pickled pearl onions, but since we didn't want the mushroom risotto, we opted for fries. I have always enjoyed the Le Cellier Filet Mignon, always juicy, lean and delicious.
"Prosciutto wrapped tenderloin, crispy pork belly, hazelnuts, parsnip puree, Brussel sprouts, heirloom rainbow carrots, huckleberry jam"
My sister really enjoyed this. Tender, juicy, lean and a wonderful mix of flavors. Very satisfying.
Although we were stuffed (sigh... pretzel bread) we had to order something we order EVERY year for dessert....
How cute is this!?!??!!? We took three of these little fellas back to our resort to enjoy later on that night. A few have asked where the red tongue (made from fruit roll ups actually) was.. Instead now this little guy has big M&M eyes!!
Le Cellier is and always will be a favorite stop of ours each vacation. Please keep in mind, being a Signature Restaurant, proper attire is required.
I definitely suggest trying Le Cellier if you've never been, or haven't been in a while. Ask your Kingdom Konsultant Agent's recommendation for dining times to allow you to experience Illuminations Reflections of Earth after your meal, to round out a perfect evening in Epcot!
Location: Epcot's Canadian Pavillion
Lunch: 12:30pm - 3:55pm
Dinner: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Deb Casterline is a weekly, guest blogger exclusive to the Kingdom Konsultant Blog.