A True Top 5 Experience
It's day 5 of my Top 5 Favorites at Disney and I may have saved the best for last...dinner at Victoria & Albert's. While this is definitely not something everyone can or will want to book, it was something my husband and I did for a special occasion and do not regret it one bit. To say this meal is expensive is an understatement, but the quality of food they serve is impeccable and like nothing we have ever experienced before/since. There's a reason it's consistently rated one of the top 5 restaurants in the entire country! We still talk about the different courses and hope one day we will be able to experience this again (if we win the lottery, maybe lol).
This is the only restaurant on property that does have an age limit and a dress code that is enforced every time. This experience is only for those 10+ and women must dress up in a dress, skirt & blouse or pant suit and men must wear a dinner jacket and dress pants/slacks. The restaurant itself is very small and located right next to Citricos at the Grand Floridian. There are actually 3 different rooms you can book: Main Dining, Queen Victoria's, and then the private Chef's Table in the kitchen itself. We opted for the main dining room because that was what was available. Even at the highest dining prices in Disney, it's a very popular restaurant. No matter what room you dine in, the Disney service is center stage with each table having two waiters who explain each course to you in great detail, are available throughout the meal for any questions you may have, and are there to cater to anything you may need or want. The attention to detail in particular came through in some of their non-alcoholic beverage options. The iced tea, for instance, came with frozen iced tea cubes so when they melted, it would just be more iced tea instead of watered down tea. How cool is that?
The menu is always changing and so the food below is more than likely not something they are still serving, but I am certain whatever they are serving now is still incredible. Certain courses were served with a different bread & butter combo that was specifically paired with the plate being served. We also opted for the wine pairing for our meal, and while the glasses were not full, there was plenty to drink and I believe it helped when it came time to pay the bill LOL. Our absolute favorite course was the Miyazaki Japanese beef that we paid a bit extra for. It could have been cut with a spoon, and while all the meats look very red in the photos for some reason, none of it was that red in person or bloody when we ate it. The meal ended with delicious desserts and coffee brewed right at the table in what looks like something you would find in a science lab. After all the food, again while small bites, we were beyond full. We were sent home with gifts of a personalized menu, a rose, and a delicious orange date nut bread for breakfast the next morning. The photos below have captions that describe exactly what each dish is.
That will conclude my Top 5 Favorites for now, but I guess that just means I need to keep going back to get more favorites to report back on. Bon appetit!
^ Wild Turbot with Toasted Capers and Finger Limes ^
^ Second Bread Course - Brioche with Herb Butter ^
^ Seared Tuna with Mango and Hearts of Palm ^
^ Amuse-bouche (bison) ^
^ Long Island Duck cooked 3 ways with Turnip Kraut ^
^ Tamarind Glazed Gulf Shrimp with Couscous ^
^ Seared Maine Diver Scallop with Multi-colored Roasted Cauliflower ^
^ Australian Kobe Style Beef and Miyazaki Japanese Beef with Oxtail Au Jus, Potato Cake Stuffed with Short Ribs, and Assorted Baby Vegetables ^
^ Cheese Course (Sottocenere Al Tartufo, Comte St. Antoine, Wyngaard Chevre Affine, and Gorgonzola Picante) ^
^ Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée ^
^ Coffee brewed at the table ^
After dinner candies