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mermaidbride1108
05-30-2009, 07:02 PM
DF & I have an ADR at V&A for our wedding trip. We are staying at GF for our comp night, after our cruise - I was able to get the Chef's Table (Woohoo!:woohoo:) and I'm super excited about it, but I wanted to hear everyone's take - honest opinions here people! For everyone who has done, what did you think???

oybolshoi
05-30-2009, 07:16 PM
It's an incredible, not-to-be-missed experience ... if you love food you will love the taste tour you're going to get at the Chef's Table. :goodvibes

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

Frothy
05-30-2009, 07:39 PM
The experience for us was very mixed. The food and the service was very good but we also expect some kind of ambience. It rather felt like we were inside a box. There are no outside windows or any kind of really nice decor. It was very disappointing from that point of view. Overall, I think there are nicer fine dining places in Orlando.

oybolshoi
05-30-2009, 07:43 PM
The experience for us was very mixed. The food and the service was very good but we also expect some kind of ambience. It rather felt like we were inside a box. There are no outside windows or any kind of really nice decor. It was very disappointing from that point of view. Overall, I think there are nicer fine dining places in Orlando.

Well, I wouldn't disagree with your asessment of the ambience at the chef's table since it is in the kitchen. :laughing:

The dining room at V&A is lovely ... romantic, hushed, elegant ... that is where you should dine if you want atmosphere. It you want the experience of interacting with the chef and the kitchen staff while being offered a tasting of upwards of 13 courses then dine at the chef's table.

Both are well worth the time and expense in our opinon.

PS ... there aren't any windows in V&A's dining room, either.

Frothy
05-30-2009, 07:44 PM
I was talking about the main dining room.

oybolshoi
05-30-2009, 07:50 PM
I was talking about the main dining room.

Oh ... I thought you were talking about the kitchen since the original post was about the chef's table. :rotfl2:

Oh well ... sorry you didn't care for the dining room. I really liked it - especially the harpist - and I loved the quiet.

We all like different things ... and the hubby and I have never had a chance to try much in Orlando outside of WDW or Emeril's establishments over at Universal. What would you recommend that's on par with V&A if we're ever brave enough to get a rental car? My grandmother used to lived in Kissimmee and my aunt used to live in Winter Park, so I'm pretty familiar with the area.

Sorry, OP, to run away with your thread and thanks! :goodvibes

2infinityandbeyond
05-30-2009, 09:07 PM
The Chef's Table was an amazing experience. Everything about it was top notch. If you're into food and cooking, it's a must do. I hit the wall during the beef course. :laughing:

Frothy
05-30-2009, 09:24 PM
Oh ... I thought you were talking about the kitchen since the original post was about the chef's table. :rotfl2:

Oh well ... sorry you didn't care for the dining room. I really liked it - especially the harpist - and I loved the quiet.

We all like different things ... and the hubby and I have never had a chance to try much in Orlando outside of WDW or Emeril's establishments over at Universal. What would you recommend that's on par with V&A if we're ever brave enough to get a rental car? My grandmother used to lived in Kissimmee and my aunt used to live in Winter Park, so I'm pretty familiar with the area.

Sorry, OP, to run away with your thread and thanks! :goodvibes
As you said we all have different opinions and that's what makes the world go round. Arthurs 27 was our favorite before it closed down and now we prefer some of the places on Sand Lake Rd. We also love Manuels on the 28th and that's a really lovely restaurant overlooking Orlando.

mcr5298
05-30-2009, 09:44 PM
We were lucky enough to grab the table during our 10 year anniversary trip last year! It was to die for! We enjoyed everything about it. We've been in the main dining room several times, and it is very romantic. However, I felt that my DH and I were secluded and treated like royalty at the Chef's Table. It was very romantic to us. Just pace yourself and don't rush. I tried things that I never thought that I would and really enjoyed it. Congratulations and have fun! :)

engle
05-30-2009, 10:02 PM
If I could do it every trip I would!!! We loved it!! We also love the main dining room...go, you will have an awesome time....get the wine....

TheDISneyFamily
05-30-2009, 10:22 PM
You will have a wonderful time! :cloud9: Congratulations! We have been to the Chef's Table numerous times and will be back later this year. Here's a photo review of our last dinner there...

V&A Chef's Table (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2117688)

Trust me, you won't be disappointed. :goodvibes

Cheers!
Michelle

maxmouse
05-31-2009, 08:19 AM
My DW and I were able to do the Chef's table last Sept and I can sum it up in one word. Amazing. If you love food and aren't pickey and willing to try new things then you will enjoy. We are planning to go back in Sept 2010 and I'm hoping to be able to surprize her with another reservation.

Cheshire Figment
05-31-2009, 08:44 AM
Years ago, shortly after the CT opened, Scott Joseph, the Restaurant Critic of The Orlando Sentinel did a review. He summed it up by stating that "Victoria and Albert's is a good value and the Chef's Table is an absolute bargain". Since then I have done CT more than the main dining room.

mermaidbride1108
05-31-2009, 12:39 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments!!! And Michelle - those photos were awesome!!!

I guess I'm the type of person that's likes a ton of different choices when I eat, I like to try a little bit of everything and I really wanted the experience of it all. I would love to have the romance & atmosphere of the main dining room, but we are doing other things like California Grill, San Angel Inn, & Palo on the cruise too, but I thought the Chef's Table would be a really unique experience!

Ms. Heimlich
05-31-2009, 12:44 PM
We also LOVEDLOVEDLOVED the chef's table experience. It was a once in a lifetime kindof thing and was worth every penny.

My only complaint for the evening was the wine selections - we did the wine pairings. I was never asked what I prefer and did not enjoy several of the pairings b/c of this lack of questioning.

I also have a review of the table (with tons of pics) in the link in my signature "parks? What Parks?...."

you will most certainly enjoy!

:yay:

Ms. H

Uncleromulus
05-31-2009, 02:05 PM
I think you'll be pleased. A "view" isn't really important at V&A anyway. We ate at Arthur's 27 once before it closed--had a lovely view of the Saratoga Springs construction site.
And Arthur's can't hold a candle to V&A. Which may be one reason why it closed.

disneylove69
05-31-2009, 05:08 PM
Now I am thinking about this after the wonderful pictues I just saw. I assume there are several parties at the seating so a solo would not be bad?

Ms. Heimlich
05-31-2009, 05:18 PM
Now I am thinking about this after the wonderful pictues I just saw. I assume there are several parties at the seating so a solo would not be bad?

Nope. There is only one table and while the table can seat up to 8, if you book it for one... thats how many will be seated there.

It is private dining with the kitchen staff and you (and whomever you eat with!).

oybolshoi
05-31-2009, 05:23 PM
To clarify on the seating for the Chef's Table ... there is one seating per evening at 6PM (on those when it is in fact offered - it's not every night of the week) with a minimum party size of two and a maximum party size of twelve.

I have heard that if you make the request at booking it's possible to have the CT menu served in the dining room, but I can't personally vouch for that.

Ms. Heimlich
05-31-2009, 05:29 PM
wow. i didn't know there was a minimum of 2.

Ya learn sumptin new every day.

oybolshoi
05-31-2009, 05:33 PM
wow. i didn't know there was a minimum of 2.

Ya learn sumptin new every day.

To be fair they could have changed it, but when we booked we were told minimum 2, maximum 12, and that's the story I'm sticking with. :lmao:

How ya been, Ms. H? Long time no see. :hug:

eeyore#1fan
06-01-2009, 11:20 PM
My only complaint for the evening was the wine selections - we did the wine pairings. I was never asked what I prefer and did not enjoy several of the pairings b/c of this lack of questioning.

Ms. H

Did you tell them you didn't care for the pairings? The same thing happened to my wife last July and they gladly switched out anything that she did not care for. The waitstaff is pretty good, but they aren't mind readers.

mermaidbride1108
06-02-2009, 12:11 AM
I know there was a bride on the weddings board in 2006 that did the Chef's table menu in the main dining room because she couldn't get the actual Chef'sm table. Now sure if that works now though

BriarRosie
06-02-2009, 01:30 AM
I'm throwing in my .02 to rave about the Chef's Table.

I've done the Chef's Table twice. Once with pairings, once without. Both times were wonderful, but I did enjoy the experience more with the pairings. ;)

I only tried the main dining room once, on my last trip. I enjoyed it enough that I would still jump at the chance for Chef's Table, but would not mind the main dining room if I couldn't get in.

I felt the ambiance of the Chef's Table, as much as it's in a brightly lit industrial kitchen, reminded me of dining on someone's back porch. There's a fence between the Chef's Table dining area and the kitchen. It's cozy.