Back in August, my husband and I had a parents getaway weekend to Disney. I wanted to do another fun parents evening at Disney so I somehow talked my husband into doing so. In November, we took ourselves on a parents night out to do something I personally have been wanting to do for some time. David has been wanting to do it as well, just not as long as myself since he hasn’t been a Disney fan as long as I have.
We treated ourselves to dinner at Victoria and Albert’s inside the Disney Grand Floridian hotel. Let me tell you, if this is something you have been wanting to do, and you can spare the cost of it, as well as snag a reservation, I would 100% recommend it.
Yes, we went back in November, and yes it’s taken me some time to pull together my thoughts on the meal which is why they post is so late.
First off, I felt very out of place there, but not in a bad way. It is definitely a fancy place, and I myself don’t consider myself to be fancy. I felt like a kid in an adults only area, like I had to whisper and be on my very best behavior. And, while yes you should act appropriately, you don’t have to be stiff and “proper” like I seemed to have been the entire time. Luckily after the first course or two, I was able to loosen up a bit and enjoy myself.
Secondly, it’s a tasting menu that comes with 7-8 courses, depending on the season/timing/allergies/etc, but they courses aren’t extremely large in portion so it’s not like you will be feeling overly full leaving the restaurant. You will for sure be full because it’s plenty of food, but you won’t be feeling sickly and like you over ate. Now the menu does change with the season, and what’s fresh, and what the chefs choice to make will be. Which is good, if this was something that you could afford to do often, you would be able to try a lot of different menu items. You also have the option to do a wine pairing that is an additional cost. We opted to do that as well as added on a few additional menu items that were available just to get a greater sense of what was offered, plus it all sounded amazing.
The service was amazing, and I mean at a five diamond restaurant why would it be any less. Our server made us feel comfortable the entire night, she made sure we had whatever we needed, that everything was explained to us as we were being served a new dish, she made sure to share stories about the chef, and also share some personal stories of herself so that we really got to know her.
Now I will be the first to admit that I’m a fairly picky person when it comes to food. I have been trying to get better as an adult and as a mother to set a good example for my child to at least try new things. So I swore to myself that I would try everything I was served this evening. I am so glad I did too. I got to have caviar, a black radish, Japanese beef, amazing chocolate, and what shocked me the most was the fish I had that I actually enjoyed. Anyone that knows me knows that I am not one for fish, but the way it was prepared by the chef, I ate the entire thing. The only few things I didn’t finish were some of my main entree of the beef, and a few chocolates so I could take it home to share with my parents who were gracious enough to watch Cameron while we went out to enjoy this meal.
Sadly I didn’t take pictures of all the courses, for two reasons. One, I was enjoying them so much I almost forgot I wanted a photo of it before I dug in, and two, with it being such a nice place, I didn’t want to be that person who was constantly taking out my phone to take pictures. I wanted to sit and enjoy the food, and enjoy the moment and atmosphere.
All in all, it was one amazing meal. Amazing food, amazing service, amazing company. I for one, would love to go back and try other items in different seasons. Need to start saving up for another treat.