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Old 05-20-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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Celebrating 10 years together, a trip to Victora & Albert's

My husband and I (as of May 18) have been married 10 years! We recently moved to Orlando, and hadn't thought much about celebrating our milestone together. DH had gotten me a gift earlier in the week, so I told him he could choose what he wanted to do for the weekend. He said he wanted to go on an airboat ride, then have dinner. I suggested a few local restaurants, & none appealed to DH. He finally said "Are you sure you don't want to go somewhere on property?" Then the light went off (or the nickle dropped, as Nebo would say.) I got to work & scored at 9:15 reservation for May 19th.
Here's how dinner went down...
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:10 PM   #2
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We arrived at the GF close to 8:00 for our 9:15 reservation. Pictures do NOT do this resort justice. Valet parking was included, so we didn't have to make the hike from the parking lot. (I must admit I was rather happy about this, as I do NOT wear heels on a regular basis, so my feet were screaming by the time we reached the doors.)


I always love seeing little girls dressed as princesses on WDW property, don't you? Maybe it's because I have 2 boys and don't get to throw gallons of glitter at them... anyway it puts me in a good mood.

...veering off the rabbit trail & back to dinner...

We entered the GF and took a moment just to absorb our surroundings. On the 2nd floor, opposite side of the entry but facing everyone was a band playing big band/swing music. Ok, I'm hooked, thanks GF, I now want to live here, in this resort, full time.


We had a little time to kill before our reservation, so we walked in a gift shop & looked around the property some. the staff had set up a large screen for kids to play Mario Kart beside the pool. I loved hearing the boats from the courtyard. Then I realized that not all of what I was hearing was the boats, I could hear the train from the Magic Kingdom! Holy Mouse Ears, Batman, I'm in Heaven!

Contemporary from the GF boat dock:


MK from the GF boat dock:


By this time we had wasted enough time & decided to go check in.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:36 PM   #4
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....can't wait for the rest!
I'm still uploading & editing photos! I'm kind of reliving it too as I write this. I really think people who love food should budget an experience like this at least once!
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I should also note that between courses, the pastry chef had prepared freshly baked breads.

Here's the hand-rolled French Baguette, served with a European style (apparently it's higher in fat??) butter:

I love bread. Think they can make an adult sized version of this, so I can wrap myself in it like a cocoon and eat my way out? Or is that a bit gluttonous?
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:37 PM   #6
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I'm looking forward to the rest of the review. DH ok'd a trip for our 5th anniversary August 2013 and I'm hoping to dine here.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:39 PM   #7
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A belated Happy Anniversary! I am sooo looking forward to reading more of your review.
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:40 PM   #8
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I should also note that between courses, the pastry chef had prepared freshly baked breads.

Here's the hand-rolled French Baguette, served with a European style (apparently it's higher in fat??) butter:

I love bread. Think they can make an adult sized version of this, so I can wrap myself in it like a cocoon and eat my way out? Or is that a bit gluttonous?
I don't know about gluttonous - it would certainly be glutinous
Enjoying reading the review - one day I hope to make it there
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:34 PM   #9
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We checked in early, and were told that our table was ready, so we could be seated.

The restaurant is intimate. It's dim, but not so dark you can't see your food. there aren't windows to the outside from the main dining room. It's a round room, the walls are padded to muffle the sound. There's a live harp player (harpist?), and they play harp music over the speakers while she is taking a break. In the center of the room is a large floral arrangement.

Each table has fresh roses & is lit by candle light. How romantic.

They knew it was our anniversary and offered champagne to toast with. YUM! I'm not normally a fan of champagne, but this was delicious! I wish I could remember the name.

Ok, let's start with the Amuse-Bouche:
This is a little bit of lobser wrapped in a crepe. I think there was some chive and some kind of filling. Descriptive, I know, but I wasn't exactly taking notes. I must say, it's nice to have our lobster cooked properly for once!


Cold-smoked buffalo. I don't remember the sauce that was underneath it. I just know I love bison. LOVE it.


Ahi tuna. Another favorite of mine.


What you see in the background is a cauliflower panna cotta topped with caviar. It was delicious, but VERY rich.
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What a wonderful review
We are going to have to try this one day for a special treat
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LOVE.

Happy 10 year anniversary
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SOLD!!!!!

Seriously, through the years I had no desire to dine here. But, now, the kids are grown, my palate has matured a bit and I'm ready to pack a dress.

Thank you for the fantastic, detailed and entertaining review!
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What a wonderful review
We are going to have to try this one day for a special treat
I encourage you to go! Glad you enjoyed the report!
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:39 AM   #12
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I love that I found this thread! I was doing a quick search on the Dis because DH and I will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary with a trip to V&A!

Your reviews totally sold me on the fact that I've made the right choice! And I love that valet parking is included - it really is a hike from self-parking!
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The food looks amazing! I see you get a bunch of courses, but my issue is they only look like a bite or two at most. Do you really get that full after eating at V&A?
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:45 AM   #14
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Loved your reviews! We did Victoria and Albert's on our honeymoon and now will be on a kid free trip to Disney shortly after our 10th anniversary. Your photos make me want to celebrate there again!
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:36 PM   #15
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That looks AMAZING. Once I get done with school and get a real job (like the ones real adults have, as opposed to fake ones I have now ), I'm doing this.

Assuming it doesn't cost $1000/person by then--it's Disney, you never know.

A quick question, I wonder how they'd be with substitutions? I'm not a big red meat person, could I swap in a fish for the meat course? (I ask like I'm going tomorrow instead of in 10 years, haha.)

Happy 10th anniversary!
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