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Cplofdisneynutz
05-08-2006, 12:25 AM
Our story begins on a brisk February morning. While cruising the DISboards, we stumbled upon our favorite DISer, our good friend, Mister Disney. He was looking for interested persons to take his chef's table reservation for April 18, 2006. This wonderful act of pixie dust came courtesy of the K-Man (aka kevin). Apparently, trying to surprise each other, they both ended up with reservations 2 days apart :eek: After noticing the date was Katharine's birthday, we jumped at the chance :woohoo: How often do you get to eat at the chef's table twice in 6 months, right? So we begin by saying :worship: :thanks: Mister Disney & K-Man for the wonderful opportunity, and the best excuse to go to Disney World.

Upon our arrival we were greeted jubilantly by Israel, the Maitre d'Hotel (more on him later). He welcomed us back to V&A and wished Katharine a very happy birthday (which she was all to giddy about this birthday dinner :rolleyes2 :rotfl2: ). As we were escorted to the alcove in the kitchen, we were greeted not only by the busy chef's, but also by a little piece of aromatic heaven. :cloud9:

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Our "Albert" for the evening was Allen. He was pleasant and very personable. He poured our first glass to toast and informed us the chef would be right over. Scott Hunnel was our chef for the evening and he was full of energy. He asked if we were ready to have fun........uh, YEAH!! On to the Amuse Bouche:

Asian Tuna Roll with Ginger Mignonette
Long Island Duck, Sherry Bacon Vinaigrette
Avocado Salad and French Lentils
wine pairing, Codorniu Cava Pinot Noir Brut, Penedes NV

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Katharine is the Tuna lover in this relationship, but in my promise to try "everything" I indulged in this fantastic creation. The tuna itself was very tender and firm, which is what one strives for with fresh fish. The tuna roll had a sweet undertone, but not a "sugary" sweet. There was a small slice of mango inside the roll and that, combined with the ginger, lent to the subtle sweetness of this tender morsel. The textures and flavors blended phenomenally and truly left you wanting for more.

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Not being a fan of wild poultry (usually too gamy), I found this dish tender and flavorful, without the "wild" taste I have come to expect. The bacon and vinaigrette lent a smokey, earthy undertone. Against the other two pieces on the platter, this stood out in the forefront with its deep and hearty flavors.

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This dish was a very light and refreshing contrast to the other two pieces. There was a skinned cherry tomato that added a burst of flavor to the mild avocado. The lentils in this dish were not very prevalent and did not really stand out, but added greatly to the texture with a crunch and slight bite.


This was a wonderful beginning to what was inevitably a superb evening. We will return with more on this culinary fantasy shortly. Coming next, course #2, Jumbo Lump Blue Crab & Fresh Gulf Shrimp with Petite French Green Lentils. :wave:

happypooh
05-08-2006, 01:19 AM
Ooh looks yummy (albeit small!) Keep it coming!

Minniespal
05-08-2006, 06:47 AM
Enjoyed reading your review ~ Thanx for sharing.

Mister Disney
05-08-2006, 08:11 AM
Oh sure.....we're lazy and you guys beat us to the punch....We're FINALLY going to start are CT report today....and YES we did read about people not liking the teasing.... :rotfl2: :rotfl2:


It will be interesting the read your thoughts on the menu in comparison to ours also and to see the variations in the dishes offered 2 days apart.

TwingleMum
05-08-2006, 08:29 AM
Off to a wonderful start , can't wait for the rest!!!!

kaceyisme
05-08-2006, 08:33 AM
Sounds great! I can't wait for more - I just love the pictures too!

Cplofdisneynutz
05-08-2006, 09:24 AM
Oh sure.....we're lazy and you guys beat us to the punch....We're FINALLY going to start are CT report today....and YES we did read about people not liking the teasing.... :rotfl2: :rotfl2:


It will be interesting the read your thoughts on the menu in comparison to ours also and to see the variations in the dishes offered 2 days apart.

:lmao: :lmao: yea sorry about that. It will be interesting especially since people have been asking lately how much the menus change.

D&R love Disney
05-08-2006, 09:28 AM
I can't wait to read more!

honeybee213
05-08-2006, 09:29 AM
Great pictures and review :thumbsup2

If only I could convince DH to go to V&A's

twinsmamma
05-08-2006, 09:52 AM
Great start to your review. you are well on your way to giving Mr. Disney a run for his money. :yay: can't wait to hear more. Love these reviews Oh I must edit to add K-Man pirate: you are also doing great reviews. Love them all so far. :cheer2: :cheer2:

zurgswife
05-08-2006, 09:57 AM
Great Start..

I can't wait to try to make ressie for our Dec visit...I hope I get a little pixie dust during my calling.

formernyer
05-08-2006, 10:32 AM
I'm not thread-crapping here. I love reading all the V&A reviews, but I've never seen anything at all in them that I'd be willing to eat, other than a random dessert. So far, I wouldn't touch anything you've posted (although everything looks very pretty).

Cplofdisneynutz
05-08-2006, 10:56 AM
Great start to your review. you are well on your way to giving Mr. Disney a run for his money. can't wait to hear more. Love these reviews

WOW!! Thanks for the compliment, that is esteemed company to be placed with. Mister Disney is our mentor and role-model for review writing :thumbsup2 as well as our friend and fellow foodie....it was his 1st chef's table review that even encouraged us to try this on our own. We had so much fun writing our october review and we are looking forward to completing this one as well :goodvibes


Next segment coming tonight after work!!

christinou
05-08-2006, 11:17 AM
Thank you what a great start to a great report, and Mr Disney get going.....

larklynn
05-08-2006, 11:33 AM
can't wait

kyirish25
05-08-2006, 11:36 AM
What a wonderful start! It looks so delicious! Can't wait to read the rest. :thumbsup2

Mr. D's K-Man
05-08-2006, 12:13 PM
Oh sure.....we're lazy and you guys beat us to the punch....We're FINALLY going to start are CT report today....and YES we did read about people not liking the teasing.... :rotfl2: :rotfl2:


SURE! SURE! .... A special thanks to Cplofdisneynutz! pirate:
You beat us to the punch and spank Mister Disney .... he spanks me!

HUM ... guess this is turning out to be a win-win situation after all! :teeth: :rotfl:

DisneyJen
05-08-2006, 12:45 PM
Woo hoo ... Dueling Chef's Tables reviews :cool1:

Keep it coming :teeth:

majortom
05-08-2006, 03:10 PM
I'm not thread-crapping here. I love reading all the V&A reviews, but I've never seen anything at all in them that I'd be willing to eat, other than a random dessert. So far, I wouldn't touch anything you've posted (although everything looks very pretty).

If you have never liked anything in these reviews, why do you read them?

/carmi

MScott1851
05-08-2006, 03:22 PM
If you have never liked anything in these reviews, why do you read them?

/carmi

Probably the same reason I do....

Often what I picture when I read a menu item description is WAY off base! Getting first-hand reports along with pictures helps out a lot when I'm trying to decide where to make ADR's.

Disney often "fancies up" their descriptions of food, and then when you get there, you find out it's a grilled chicken breast with mushroom gravy and beans on the side. :rotfl: :rotfl: Also, WDW's food presentation is often very unique...

I like reading food reports, regardless of whether I like what they are reviewing or not. I've made some pretty good decisions on our WDW dinners based on others' experiences.

majortom
05-08-2006, 04:10 PM
Probably the same reason I do....
...

I like reading food reports, regardless of whether I like what they are reviewing or not. I've made some pretty good decisions on our WDW dinners based on others' experiences.

My post was rhetorical.

That said, I understand your view, but I also do not see you posting in multiple threads saying that you do not ever like the food reviewed in them. :)



/carmi

formernyer
05-08-2006, 04:25 PM
Probably the same reason I do....

Often what I picture when I read a menu item description is WAY off base! Getting first-hand reports along with pictures helps out a lot when I'm trying to decide where to make ADR's.

Disney often "fancies up" their descriptions of food, and then when you get there, you find out it's a grilled chicken breast with mushroom gravy and beans on the side. :rotfl: :rotfl: Also, WDW's food presentation is often very unique...

I like reading food reports, regardless of whether I like what they are reviewing or not. I've made some pretty good decisions on our WDW dinners based on others' experiences.

Exactly. For most restaurants I read the reviews because I might actually decide I'd like to try one.

For this particular restaurant it's a little different. I'm too cheap to dine there, so I'm not reading them for personal benefit. I actually just love to see the enthusiasm of the reviewers and I enjoy looking at the pictures. Generally if I don't like a dish I don't even want to see it, but somehow V&A can make even the most disgusting item (per my tastes) look appetizing.

Honestly, I'd take a 16oz steak with potatoes, vegetable, and cheesecake over V&A's any day, but it doesn't mean that I don't enjoy reading the reviews. I just have simple tastes...I don't eat any seafood, any innards, any "weird" animals (I tend to stick to beef, chicken, and pork for the most part), or most creamy foods/sauces. That severely limits my choices from the V&A dishes. I guess it's a good thing that I don't like V&A's food, because if I did I'd be trying to justify eating there and it costs about 4x the maximum that I'd ever pay for a meal.

Mr. D's K-Man
05-08-2006, 04:26 PM
Upon our arrival we were greeted jubilantly by Israel, the Maitre d'Hotel (more on him later). He welcomed us back to V&A and wished Katharine a very happy birthday (which she was all to giddy about this birthday dinner :rolleyes2 :rotfl2: ). As we were escorted to the alcove in the kitchen, we were greeted not only by the busy chef's, but also by a little piece of aromatic heaven. :cloud9:





Michael and Katherine ... :cheer2: this is a GREAT review :cheer2: ... keep up the good work. I can't wait for my favorite part!

DESSERT! party:

Cplofdisneynutz
05-08-2006, 06:11 PM
Michael and Katherine ... :cheer2: this is a GREAT review :cheer2: ... keep up the good work. I can't wait for my favorite part!

DESSERT! party:

oh my and what a dessert is was, we learned after our 1st CT experience to pace ourselves for the best course :thumbsup2

donaldtutter
05-08-2006, 07:23 PM
looking forward to the rest of your report! :banana:

Mr. D's K-Man
05-08-2006, 08:03 PM
pooh: Great start to your review. you are well on your way to giving Mr. Disney a run for his money. :yay: can't wait to hear more. Love these reviews Oh I must edit to add K-Man pirate: you are also doing great reviews. Love them all so far. :cheer2: :cheer2:


Twinsmamma ... Can We Talk?

I had no idea Mister Disney had money. I go through his pockets all the time, doing the laundry, of course, and every once in a while come across spare change. Even then, we both leave our spare change out for the Lady of the Manor!

I know where the jewels are. pooh:
Please call me and let me know where he's keeping the money. :jester:

:rotfl2:

twinsmamma
05-09-2006, 09:33 AM
pooh:


Twinsmamma ... Can We Talk?

I had no idea Mister Disney had money. I go through his pockets all the time, doing the laundry, of course, and every once in a while come across spare change. Even then, we both leave our spare change out for the Lady of the Manor!

I know where the jewels are. pooh:
Please call me and let me know where he's keeping the money. :jester:

:rotfl2:
K-Man that is our little secret. you must spend more time in the chains with the pirates pirate: to find out this very private info.:rotfl2: When you are good and ready we will let you know where the money is stashed. :cheer2: Not a minute before. you must be patient and only then will the pixiedust: be sent your way.
Take care and keep the reviews coming. what a wonderful experience that you gave Mr. disney. Keep up the good work and that money will come you way.

fwm
05-09-2006, 02:07 PM
Can you explain how the Chef's Table works. Is the food the same,as in the restaurant, do you have choice of selections, how many courses, etc?

honeybee213
05-09-2006, 02:43 PM
Mr. Disney is :moped: past you. Can't let this continue for two long. I want to know if you had chicken with long breasts and translucent skin :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Cheshire Figment
05-09-2006, 08:02 PM
Can you explain how the Chef's Table works. Is the food the same,as in the restaurant, do you have choice of selections, how many courses, etc?
Basically you get a ten course meal with a sampling of just about everything they are serving in the main dining room, and this includes the extra cost items such as the caviar, foie gras and kobe beef. Figure on 4-4 hours and being able to observe an unusual kitchen at work.

oybolshoi
05-09-2006, 11:03 PM
A very yummy start so far - I'm looking forward to the rest and to reading about the differences between your experience and Mr. Disney's.

Great reviews with even better pictures...too bad my laptop isn't equipped with scratch and sniff. Or in this case maybe I'd be better off with sniff and lick? :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Thanks for sharing!

TruBlu
05-10-2006, 09:18 AM
Hellooooooooo????
Did the Misters Disney chain you up with the pirates??? :rotfl:

kaceyisme
05-10-2006, 09:45 AM
Hellooooooooo????
Did the Misters Disney chain you up with the pirates??? :rotfl:

:rotfl2:

christinou
05-11-2006, 11:35 AM
Please, oh please don't let us hanging, can we have the rest of the review.....