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Old 10-16-2007, 06:27 AM   #106
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Great job. Love reading the reviews. When we go we usually do all the character meals due to DD4.5, but it's so nice to see the other restaurants.
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Old 10-16-2007, 06:46 AM   #107
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Great Reviews and photos!!! You have me actually contemplating trying Biergarten when I go in August....but I fear that my three DDs wouldn't like it. The atmosphere just looks so nice. Anyway, keep up the great reviews!
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Old 10-16-2007, 11:37 AM   #108
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Next time you should try the kiwi margarita. And if you don't like it, I can meet you at Epcot and take it off your hands.
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Old 10-16-2007, 12:08 PM   #109
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Deal! I was really suprised I didn't like it! It sure was an expensive way to find out!!

I know I sound like a broken record, but I really appreciate all the nice comments everyone
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Old 10-16-2007, 01:40 PM   #110
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The one that everyone's talking about... Le Cellier!

I was dead excited that when I'd made my ressies, I'd managed to bag the Holy Grail of ADRs - I made them all 180 days out, and even got it at a decent time of 7pm! The plan was to catch IllumiNations after our meal. We managed to get to Epcot relatively on time, I think we were actually 10 minutes early for this one!


It was really busy in the waiting area when we arrived, with no seats left, but the staff were doing their best to keep everyone entertained - they were trying to name all 50 US states and then all the Canadian provinces. We got a bit more entertainment than we'd bargained for when an American lady started singing the 'States' song in the lobby...uh, can we get seated please? The wait wasn't actually too bad, it was our longest wait for an ADR, but in reality it was only around 10 minutes, 15 minutes max. We saw a lot of people being turned away from the restaurant, saying they were booked up solid for months and that they were overbooked already today.

We were finally called and led to our table by a nice guy who asked us where we were from, when we said Wales he replied oh, the UK, I made a mistake a couple of weeks ago of asking a couple where they were from and when they replied Wales, I said oh, England! He laughed and said he'd never make that same mistake again while we advised him that was for the best! That's one thing that gets our goat, Wales is in the UK, not England!! But I'll get off my soap box and let's get to what you're all here for - the chow!

I have actually no idea what territory we were in, which is a shame - someone might have told us, I just didn't hear. If someone could tell us I would love that... we were right near the kitchen door when the food comes out (to the right if you're facing it). We waited quite a bit before we saw our server, it might only have been a good 5 minutes but we'd been used to being served straight away at the other restaurants. However, we could see they were extremely busy so we just waited quietly.

The waitress came and took our drinks order (nothing special, just 2 Sprites), and those I believe came quite quickly. She was quite polite but nevertheless we could see she was completely rushed off her feet. She gave us the menus and even though I had an inkling of what I already wanted I had a browse. I was totally torn between the mussels and the cheese soup for the starter. If you've seen my intro, you'll know I really love mussels, but then I also love cheese plus the cheese soup is so highly regarded that I thought I would regret it if I didn't try it. So, we both ordered the famous Cheese Soup as an appetizer. It didn't come too quickly, and neither did we wait ages - although I was a bit disappointed when it arrived and we still had no breadsticks! The smile was quickly back on my cheez loving face when our waitress made a U Turn and arrived back with breadsticks in tow! I later realised that we hadn't had the 'explaination' of the breads, but at the time I was too busy tearing that pretzel bread apart. Here they are:

I really went to town on that pretzel bread! Els had told me at CRT that he wasn't keen on that pretzel bread so I assumed he meant ALL pretzel bread. I later asked him, so what did you think of that pretzel bread? Good huh?
Els: What pretzel bread?
Me: *Brushing crumbs off the table* Erm... nothing.
I wasn't too keen on the wholegrain, but that pretzel bread is something else! I'm not sure if we even tried the third.

Moving onto the cheese soup, I was really looking forward to trying this - I mean, it was Le Cellier's cheese soup!

When I put my spoon in, it was really, really thick. You want our totally honest no-holds barred opinion? We thought it was alright, not bad, not great, but certainly not we can't live without this stuff good. It was fairly cheesy, but I couldn't taste the beer at all and to be honest there wasn't much flavour of anything. I'm not sure if we had a bad batch, but we were both less than enthused. Plus at that moment, the server sought fit to serve the next table a bowl of those mussels and they looked awesome. Bad move on my part. I possibly may have been expecting too much of it, but I'll know to stick with what I love next time!

Right, next up - the main course! Being the red meat lovers that we are, we of course chose the 7oz Filet with Cream Cheese Mash. I was contemplating the Mushroom Filet, but I've never tried Risotto so decided to stick with what I knew (too little too late, huh?!):

(Again I forgot to take a photo here, so I found one on the Food Porn thread - I hope this is okay with the person who took it, I've hosted it myself and if it's not okay, please let me know and I'll take it off right away)
Back to the food - now this more than made up for the appetizer we got, in every possible way. The steak was awesome, no two ways about it. I order meat well done, and even though there was a tiny bit of pink inside, it was perfect - so tender and tasty. The glaze was really good, and not too overpowering. The mash was lovely, really soft and cheesy... always a good thing! Els agrees with me thinking it was great!

It seems the portions are really deceiving in Le Cellier. The soup bowl was tiny, and the steak seems to be lost in that bowl, but by now we were really full. Should we bypass dessert? Should we 'eck! Bring on the calorie-fest! Dessert menus all around, and I decided I had to have the Chocolate Moose. Els settled on the Sorbet. Just as the waitress was leaving I remembered, ICE WINE! I shouted after her and she asked did I want the one that went with the chocolate moose? Yes please! Here's my Moose:

Look how cute he is! I felt really bad about eating him, for like a millisecond! He tasted every bit as good as he looked, I don't think I've ever had a chocolate mousse as good as this! It was one of the best desserts I had all vacation, and it crept up on me when I was least expecting it! A nice suprise!
Els' sorbets:

I didn't try this as I was too wrapped up in my mousse, but he said it was a bit too tart for him. I think he was regretting at this point that he didn't get my Moose!

My Ice Wine arrived in time with dessert and the girl poured it at the table. I'm actually not too sure which particular ice wine this was, but I knew I was really looking forward to it! I'm not too big a wine fan, but I do love a sweet wine - it's hard to find one sweet enough for me, so I was particularly excited to try this:

Don't be shy love, pour it all in... I think this was the actual portion I got - but I was absolutely so full by this point I think it was enough at the time. I wasn't disappointed by this. It was absolutely lovely - I told you I had the alcohol tastes of a Dubai Millionaire. I could drink this all the time. I could hardly taste the alcohol in it, and it was very sweet and thick. I would have loved to buy a bottle of it, but I had to remind myself that I wasn't actually a millionare.

Overall: We had really great food (and drink!) bar the soup - tasty, tender, fresh, not overcooked. Everything was cheesy and chocolately, and if I'd got the mussels starter I would have got the Full House of Hayley Culinary Delights. The service was good, and our server polite and quite prompt after the intial game of hide and seek at the start of the meal, although it was extremely busy in there. At least 2 occasions other servers stopped to ask how our meal was going. I think the only problem this place has that it's too popular!

Ambience: As stated before, this place is really busy, and a bit dark (but hey! it's a cellar) but they theme well. We didn't find the tables too close together, but I think we may have got lucky and bagged a table away from all the other ones, near a pillar.

H RATING: 8/10 (I think it would have scored more had we truly enjoyed the soup)
E RATING: 8/10
WOULD WE EAT HERE AGAIN? Most certainly! It's down on next year's list.
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Old 10-16-2007, 04:04 PM   #111
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Great reviews and pics! I'm so hungry now!
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Old 10-16-2007, 04:19 PM   #112
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I was so hoping as I was reading that you decided on the mussels, they are without a doubt my #1 favorite dish in all of the world!!!!!
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Old 10-16-2007, 06:09 PM   #113
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I love ice wine too, just curious if you remember how much a glass was? Glad you enjoyed it. I bought a bottle from an amish winery in ohio and it was 38.00 for a very skinny bottle but it was very sweet and had quite a kick!
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:05 PM   #114
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great reviews - looking forward to reading the rest! thanks for all the effort - most appreciated
we will be having thanksgiving lunch at le cellier ---i'll think about you and els!
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Old 10-17-2007, 01:16 PM   #115
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This is one of the best dining reviews I've read!! Thanks so much for taking the time to post this.

I can't wait for more!
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:27 PM   #116
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Subbing! I loved Cosmic Rays We had the Combo meal Chicken & ribs with mashed potatoes and a vegg. 2 of them and a couple of sides of fries fed 5 . DGS loved Push the talking Garbage Can that hangs out around there.
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:07 PM   #117
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Your reviews have been fun to read. Hope you have more for us.

You two are just way off the cute scale by the way!!


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Old 10-26-2007, 09:56 AM   #118
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Thanks guys for sticking around and reading my thread, and for all the cute comments!! I will have some more up real soon

I moved into my new office this week so I have been crazy busy!!
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:58 AM   #119
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Oh, and I'm sure the Ice Wine was around $15 for a tiny glass - extremely expensive, but gosh was it good!

I'm not sure if we can get it here in the UK - if I'm wrong, purlease correct me as I would love to know where to get some!!
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Great reviews! Can I ask where is the DLRP? I can't figure it out.
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