The January/February issue of AAA Midwest Traveler cover story is “The Romantic Side of Disney”. The writer and her husband dined at the AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Victoria and Albert’s where they partook of a seven course dinner accompanied by a harpist and enjoyed impeccable service.
Mr. T and I spent a memorable evening at this same restaurant, but dined at the Chef’s Table, which I think is probably even more fabulous than the regular dining experience. From the Disney World website:
Chef’s Table Dinner at Victoria & Albert’s is a Signature Dining experience at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa where you are invited to enjoy a private dinner within the kitchen of Victoria & Albert’s and interact with the restaurant’s head chef.
An 11-year recipient of the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award, Victoria & Albert’s is the premiere restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort, blending fine contemporary American cuisine and world-renowned wine pairings from an award-winning cellar with personalized butler service and an elegant setting.
Go behind the scenes and dine at a special table located inside the kitchen, where you can watch and speak with Chef Hunnel and staff as they prepare a 10-course meal. Reflecting the season and its colors, each unique menu is brimming with ingredients culled fresh daily from the world market just for you.
During the approximate 3-hour dining experience, Chef Hunnel offers culinary tidbits and tasting samples, catering the mouth-watering meal to you and your party’s dietary preferences. A wait staff of 2—a butler and a maid—are on hand to tend to your every whim. And with the Royal Wine Pairing, the sommelier selects superb vintages for each portion of your unique meal.
We like to consider ourselves “foodies”, so this was something that we felt we had to do, just once. It was all that and more. If the service out front is impeccable, the service at the chef’s table is even more so. It was just Mr. T and I, so we had all the servers to ourselves. If we were ever to do it again, I would prefer it with a larger group of people; friends and family, which would make the experience even more memorable. At the end of the meal you are presented with a personalized menu, (which I cannot seem to locate in our home), but I do remember the kobe beef, the seafood appetizers, and of course the very decadent desserts. We had the wine pairings but I wish that I would have had a more educated palate to enjoy that part of it a bit more.
We would definitely dine in just the restaurant again, and I highly recommend this as “must do” at least once. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but worth every penny.
Have you dined at Victoria an Albert’s? Was your experience everything that you hoped it would be?
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