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Old 01-14-2010, 03:17 PM   #166
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Rumors were that the Queen Victoria Room was to be several more courses and even more extravagant and indulgent than the Chef's Table. All indications so far are that the menu will be about the same in both places. DH and I were thinking we would want to do both experiences on our next WDW visit. But, at this point, we'll just try for the Chef's Table.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:41 PM   #168
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Got further clarification today - they will no longer let you order the Chef's Table menu in the regular dining room. So, basically, you have to either get the Chef's Table reservation, or pay $295 per person to sit in the Victoria room (whether or not you want the wine pairings). And from what I was told, the Chef's Table and Victoria room menus are exactly the same.
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:40 AM   #169
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I had understood the same as ElizibethB--more courses, more "presentation" in the Victoria Room.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:39 AM   #170
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I think I'll stick with trying for the Chef's Table but at least I know that if I can't get the Chef's Table for special events I can try for the Victoria Room although my husband isn't a fan of wine so part of that might be lost.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:52 AM   #171
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Got further clarification today - they will no longer let you order the Chef's Table menu in the regular dining room. So, basically, you have to either get the Chef's Table reservation, or pay $295 per person to sit in the Victoria room (whether or not you want the wine pairings). And from what I was told, the Chef's Table and Victoria room menus are exactly the same.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:20 PM   #172
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I do mourn the foie gras though, I really really really wish they could bring that back. Best foie gras I have ever had was at V&A's (and I've had it on every visit); no other place in or out of WDW ever compared.
Have you tried the foie gras at Raglan Road. It is my favorite!
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:48 AM   #173
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It's your table for the night, up to a party of 8 (or is it 10?).
We're actually considering V&A's for the first time. Bringing along a handy baby-sitter this time named "grandma" so we'll get our own time at least once. I was expecting DH and I to share the CT (IF we were able to get it) w/ other people. Do they really let just a couple eat there or does it have to be a group? I'm interested to see the website that is not working ATM.

I'm on the fence about trying to get the CT or not anyway becuase well, I have the worst palette ever. I hate seafood despite trying to like it. Can't stand the texture of foie gras (I tried it at Chef Ramsay's place in NYC..I TRIED to like it), don't like mushrooms, etc.. I know, I TOTALLY stink! I'm not proud of it. DH on the other had will lap it all up. Would we be better off eating in the regular room? I wouldn't want to insult the chefs to their face anyway by being such a lame palette.

Is it true $ jumped from $135 to $195? YIKES!
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:01 AM   #174
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Do they really let just a couple eat there or does it have to be a group?
Yes, they really let couples eat there.

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I'm on the fence about trying to get the CT or not anyway becuase well, I have the worst palette ever. I hate seafood despite trying to like it. Can't stand the texture of foie gras (I tried it at Chef Ramsay's place in NYC..I TRIED to like it), don't like mushrooms, etc.. I know, I TOTALLY stink! I'm not proud of it. DH on the other had will lap it all up. Would we be better off eating in the regular room? I wouldn't want to insult the chefs to their face anyway by being such a lame palette.
My opinion--if you're not open to trying new foods, preparations, etc. and have a lot of dislikes then V&A is a waste of money. It's not for the plain food/meat and potatoes crowd. Chef's Table or main dining room doesn't matter, the menu is similar.
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:09 AM   #175
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The V&A web site shows that the menu for the Chef's Table and the Queen Victoria's Room are both the same, costing $200 plus $95 for the wine pairings. The two main differences are seating in a kitchen alcove as opposed to an extremely elegant room and at the CT you do have the Chef or one of the assistants describing each course.

Normally they figure 2-2.5 hours for the main dining room. Every time I have done the CT the time has been in the 4-4.5 hour range.

And there is only one party seated per night at CT; it may be as low as a solo diner.
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Old 01-16-2010, 02:09 PM   #176
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My opinion--if you're not open to trying new foods, preparations, etc. and have a lot of dislikes then V&A is a waste of money. It's not for the plain food/meat and potatoes crowd. Chef's Table or main dining room doesn't matter, the menu is similar.
Thanks for your post. When I know the food I'm going to be given WILL be good, I'm wiling to try far more than at an average restaurant. I just won't risk it at any place I know may not be delivering the best each time ...which as we know is almost all places. That's probably why it's taken me until now to decide to try. I saw one of the menus designed for those that don't like seafood and it looked tasty. WHile I am more of a "meat and potatoes crowd", my DH is not. I'm really wanting to do this for him most of all. The same as I do sushi places for him. It's not fair to him to be handicapped by my sad palette.

I think maybe the regular dining room is a better choice. Let someone who truly wants to eat everything as they make it eat at CT.
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Have you tried the foie gras at Raglan Road. It is my favorite!
There's no foie gras (fatty goose or duck liver) at Raglan Road - but they do serve chicken liver pate.
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I am taking my twin nephews to V&A to celebrate their 21st birthday in May. Both are foodies - one is a chef and the other works in a fine dining restaurant in Charleston as a server.
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Divulge! Which restaurant does your nephew work at? We go downtown regularly- and wonder if we've ever been at his restaurant.

You'll love Vicky & Al's... go with an open mind and you'll probably love just about everything that they offer you!

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Thanks for your post. When I know the food I'm going to be given WILL be good, I'm wiling to try far more than at an average restaurant. I just won't risk it at any place I know may not be delivering the best each time ...which as we know is almost all places. That's probably why it's taken me until now to decide to try. I saw one of the menus designed for those that don't like seafood and it looked tasty. WHile I am more of a "meat and potatoes crowd", my DH is not. I'm really wanting to do this for him most of all. The same as I do sushi places for him. It's not fair to him to be handicapped by my sate palette.

I think maybe the regular dining room is a better choice. Let someone who truly wants to eat everything as they make it eat at CT.
It is awesome that you are so open minded and that you are willing to go to V&A for your husband to be able to experience it. It is so very sweet of you!
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I think I had mentioned here that we had to cancel our reservation because I had gotten a stomach virus on our trip. Early this morning I had a dream that we finally got to eat there and I started crying. I have only seen pictures of inside of the restaurant but I remember looking at all of the details and the decorations in my dream. Apparently I'm a lot more upset than I realized about missing this meal. Next trip, next trip...
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