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Old 10-10-2012, 08:02 AM   #46
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The Plaza has the best fries in the world!!!!
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:44 AM   #47
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I should know better than to read dining reviews on an empty stomach, I'm sitting here drooling...

I'm intrigued by the Loaded Potato soup, it looks fantastic but I really hate potato soup ha.

I think the food at The Plaza looks amazing and it's the perfect lunch spot - I think I'd try most things on the menu.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:40 PM   #48
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I totally discovered The Plaza by accident on my second trip to WDW. My aunt and I were starving and needed to eat ASAP so we just walked up and asked if we could get in (for whatever reason it didn't occur to me that you should probably make ADRs here too). Those fries are out of this world good. We still talk about how we haven't had a fry that has compared since.
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I've yet to try The Plaza and it's not on the list for our upcoming trip, but this is the 2nd review I've seen there that has me drooling. It is definitely going on the list for our next trip.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:53 PM   #50
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Great review of the Plaza, Rachel! Your salad looks and sounds delicious and that sundae...WOW!!! We haven't been to the Plaza since 2006, and I'm thinking it's about time for a return visit.
Thanks Barb. It does sound like it is time for your family to make a return visit to the Plaza. We really enjoy eating there!

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The strawberry chicken salad and oreo sundae look great! I've never been to The Plaza, but maybe it would be worth a try sometime.
The salad is one of my favorites and the sundae was so yummy. While the Plaza's not fanciful dining, we've consistentely gotten good food there.

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Plaza Restaurant is one of my newer favorites. We've only ordered burgers but I would love to try something new so the soup and your salad are some great alternatives! I still might have to order a side of fries though since I LOVE their fries.

Ice-cream is a great way to wait out a storm!!
The fries are so wonderful at the Plaza. I always steal a few from Chase.

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The Plaza has the best fries in the world!!!!
I can't agree with you more!

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I should know better than to read dining reviews on an empty stomach, I'm sitting here drooling...

I'm intrigued by the Loaded Potato soup, it looks fantastic but I really hate potato soup ha.

I think the food at The Plaza looks amazing and it's the perfect lunch spot - I think I'd try most things on the menu.
I know what you mean, reading Disney Dining reviews while hungry is almost as dangerous as going to the grocery store on an empty stomach.

If you don't like potato soup, I'm not sure you'd like the Loaded Potato Soup. I would stick with the salad or the sandwich and fries.


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I totally discovered The Plaza by accident on my second trip to WDW. My aunt and I were starving and needed to eat ASAP so we just walked up and asked if we could get in (for whatever reason it didn't occur to me that you should probably make ADRs here too). Those fries are out of this world good. We still talk about how we haven't had a fry that has compared since.
I'm so glad you like the Plaza too. It seems to be unanimous, the Plaza fries are the best!

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I've yet to try The Plaza and it's not on the list for our upcoming trip, but this is the 2nd review I've seen there that has me drooling. It is definitely going on the list for our next trip.
Glad you enjoyed the review of the Plaza. It is so hard to narrow down dining choices isn't it? Luckily there's always a next trip.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:45 PM   #51
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LE CELLIER LUNCH

After a late night at MNSSHP we slept in and didn't make it to EPCOT until around 11:00 am. The F&W booths were already very crowded. I was glad to be heading to Le Cellier to eat in the cool A/C.

We got there in time to hear the Canandian National Anthem. Some of the girls were really good singers. I looked over at Chase and he was acting like he was singing too. I'm thinking he was just faking it.

Our server this time was Tamara. I have to say she was the best server we've ever had at Le Cellier and probably wins for best server of this trip. I think I've come to expect the servers at WDW to provide information and education about the menus and the food and Tamara did not disappoint. Tamara brought us this delicious assortment of bread, with the pretzel being our favorite of course. I can't say I cared much for the other bread, which Tamara described as a multi-grain, but Brian and Chase liked it. Is the pretzel bread larger than it used to be or is it just me?


bread from Le Cellier by Smiling Cheshire Cat, on Flickr

We've visited Le Cellier on several occassions and have tried the steaks, but we actually like the burger better. So now we always book for lunch. This saves some strain on my pocketbook and eliminates some of the stress of looking for an ADR for dinner which can be difficult to find. After some debate I talked Brian into splitting the burger with me. Chase also ordered the burger, but wanted his own. We ordered ours medium well and it was cooked perfectly. I love the crispy onions on top and this one had just a hint of the barbecue sauce which was just perfect for me. I shouldn't forget to add that the fries and pickle were great compliments.


Burger from Le Cellier by Smiling Cheshire Cat, on Flickr

Brian also decided he wanted a side of mac and cheese. I love mac and cheese that is baked in the oven, but this was heavy on the cheddar flavor. Tamara told us she warns parents that want to order this for their kids that it is not like the mac and cheese kids normally like. Brian loved this and ate the whole thing. For me and Chase just and couple of bites would do since I like my mac and cheese more creamy.


Mac and Cheese from Le Cellier by Smiling Cheshire Cat, on Flickr

Since I was anticipating my dinner later at Jiko, we decided to skip dessert. Once again, we had an enjoyable lunch at Le Cellier. We will return and probably order the burger next time.

Up next: Finally, dinner at a place that has been on my wish-list- JIKO
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:29 PM   #52
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We actually sang along when Le Cellier opened for dinner but we were Canadians too, lol. The Mac and cheese looks super yummy! I was really curious about that on the menu but never had a chance to order it,
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:56 PM   #53
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I too am a big fan of the Le Cellier burger, Rachel! For us, the steaks there have been a hit and miss, but the rest of their food, including the burger, has always been great!
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:33 AM   #54
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Love the Le Cellier review with something that is not steak!! You review of the burger is definitely tempting me to expand my horizons.... I almost tried something new but chickened out! Glad it was a solid meal!
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I think you're right about the pretzel bread - those pieces are definitely thicker than the previous breadsticks (the sourdough, pretzel, and multigrain were all uniform in size). The pretzel bread got bigger when the other two got smaller.

That burger looks really tasty - hopefully it won't disappear when LC lunch becomes 2 TS!
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We actually sang along when Le Cellier opened for dinner but we were Canadians too, lol. The Mac and cheese looks super yummy! I was really curious about that on the menu but never had a chance to order it,
I didn't know they sang at dinner as well. It is a nice way to acknowledge their country. If you like sharp cheddar, I bet you would like the Mac and Cheese, Rosey.

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I too am a big fan of the Le Cellier burger, Rachel! For us, the steaks there have been a hit and miss, but the rest of their food, including the burger, has always been great!
We've only ordered the steaks at Le Cellier once, but I think you can find better steak at other places at WDW, like Shula's.

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Love the Le Cellier review with something that is not steak!! You review of the burger is definitely tempting me to expand my horizons.... I almost tried something new but chickened out! Glad it was a solid meal!
Looking forward to your Le Cellier review, Brenda. I think it is coming up next in your report.

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I think you're right about the pretzel bread - those pieces are definitely thicker than the previous breadsticks (the sourdough, pretzel, and multigrain were all uniform in size). The pretzel bread got bigger when the other two got smaller.

That burger looks really tasty - hopefully it won't disappear when LC lunch becomes 2 TS!
I thought that pretzel bread was bigger and it was also tastier than I remember. Love the salt!

I've been wondering the same thing about how the lunch menu will change when Le Cellier becomes a 2 TS restaurant. I will be sad if the burger is removed, but if I were on the dining plan I wouldn't want to waste 2 credits on a $15 meal. I hope it is popular enough to stay around.
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Sorry I've been AWOL for a few days. I've been having trouble getting my photos uploaded on Flickr but I think I'm back on track now.

JIKO


After reading so many excellent reviews of Jiko, I was most excited for this meal. Chase looked over the menu and said in his sticky, picky voice that nothing sounded good to him and he would get some chicken tenders over at Mara. This has worked out excellently for me because it gave me a chance to have a nice private dinner with Brian.

We were seated very quickly at a table for two. Our table was one of those where one side in a bench that is shared with other diners. I don't really like these tables when you are hoping for an intimate dinner, but I guess they are space savers.

I had read many reviews that described excellent service at Jiko, so I think I will blame those reviews for my discontent with Patty A. She was very efficient, but either not knowledgeable of the menu or just didn't want to be bothered with my questions. Patty brought us this basket of bread. I can't say I loved the tandoori butter. I think I like my butter sweet or salty, but not spicy.


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We decided to start with the African Spiced Fire Roasted Chicken Flatbread. I'm a big fan of the flatbreads at WDW and am on a mission to try most of them. This one was excellent. I love the sweetness of the bacon, the texture of the arugula and just the little bit of heat. I asked Patty what gave it the little kick, but she said she didn't know. Maybe it was the peppadews? I would order this again, and at $10 it is one of the rarities in Disney dining- a good deal.


Chicken flatbread from Jiko by Smiling Cheshire Cat, on Flickr

Brian and I also split the Jiko salad. Typically when we split salads the kitchen will do it for us, but we were on our own this time. I'm guessing that Jiko changes the ingredients of their salads based on what is in season because the desciption I had printed out for AllEars was different from this salad (BTW, Allears has the current description now.) We loved this salad! It has sweet blueberries and grapes and crunchy celery and pinenut brittle. I didn't love the lemon yogurt smear on the side but it didn't mess up the taste of this wonderful salad.


salad from Jiko by Smiling Cheshire Cat, on Flickr

For our entree we decided to keep pacing ourselves and split the Sikhumbuzo's Peri Peri Chicken. This dish had lots of different flavors and textures. The chicken was spicy and tender and the potatoes had a sweetness to them which I guess was the mango sambai. I loved it, but Brian said he thought it was just okay.


Sikhumbuzo's Peri Peri Chicken from Jiko by Smiling Cheshire Cat, on Flickr

As for dessert, I was stuffed by this time so I let Brian choose. Here is a copy of Jiko's dessert menu.


Dessert menu from Jiko by Smiling Cheshire Cat, on Flickr

And here is Brian's choice, the Madagascar Cheesecake. Brian's mom used to grow rhubarb so he was excited to try this. I liked the cheesecake and the chocolate crust, but wasn't a fan of the rhubarb compote or the dehydrated rhubarb on top of the cheesecake. Brian loved it!


Madagascar vanilla cheesecake from Jiko by Smiling Cheshire Cat, on Flickr

We've been lucky so far on this trip. Even though our service wasn't as engaging as I'd liked, we had a good meal at Jiko's and will return our next stay at AKL.

Next up will be some pictures of Halloween goodies!
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I think it's great you got to share an intimate dinner, Rachel. I think it is a shame though that your server wasn't knowledgeable. The flatbread looked amazing. I looked up peppadews and they are sweet piquant peppers from South Africa so I think you are right.

My husband also loves rhubarb. His mom would boil it down like apple sauce and serve it on a crepe. The dish is called palachinkies. I think they are Czech in origin.
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Glad to see the food at Jiko was enjoyable for the most part - sorry your server wasn't very informative. I loved that Madagascar Vanilla cheesecake, including the rhubarb. And the peri peri chicken was one of our favorite dishes at Jiko, primarily because the flavor profiles were so authentic.
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Fantastic reviews. Can't wait to try The Plaza in a couple of weeks and I need to get back to Jiko some of these days. I haven't been there for awhile.

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