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Old 04-28-2009, 08:50 AM   #16
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I'm in for this one. Great first review.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:01 AM   #17
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Excellent Review! Thank you so much for sharing the exact kind of information that I need. Can't wait to read your other reviews!
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:09 AM   #18
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:28 AM   #19
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Loved the Yachtsman review ... it's on our shortlist for this fall and reading about it from the perspective of someone in the industry makes me even more inclined to make an ADR. I'm looking forward to reading more.
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Great review! I enjoyed the pictures as well. I'm hooked on this one!
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Great review so far. We are eating in the Steakhouse for our first dinner. We also have a few of the same reservations so I can't wait to read your reviews before we go.
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I'm in! Great review of the Yachtsman. This is one place that I have been back and forth on. It should interesting reading the comments from someone with your background!
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Love you!!! I mean, love it!!! No seriously, you are killing me so far!!! Can't wait for the rest. You and I see eye to eye on food and wine. And I would have gnawed the bones.
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Your first review was great and I cannot wait to read more.

It's so nice to know that there are still people out there who believe that if you cannot afford to eat and tip properly, to find somewhere else to eat where you can afford to. Also, I completely agree with you about ordering dishes the way they are prepared and by the restaurant recipe, without all sorts of modifications.
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Great start!! Loved the pics and details!
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Thank you everyone for your kind comments, and for subscribing. It means a lot when you take a few seconds to drop me a line. I am going to try and do one review a day until they are all done. Chefs de France lunch should be up within the next 30 minutes.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:41 AM   #21
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You are living my dream getting to eat at all those wonderful restaurants.

I loved your review and pics of the Yachtsman. Great information and details. I almost feel like I was there with you except my stomach is growling right now.

Can't wait for more.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:45 AM   #22
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They can sing! They can dance! After all, Miss, this is France.

Chefs de France Lunch Review



On Monday, April 20, 2009, my Mother and I went to EPCOT for the day. Mom likes French Restaurants, so Chefs de France was a natural choice. We had 11:30am reservations, and checked in with the Host, Morgann at about 11:15am. Morgann seemed as if he was getting a little testy with the American tourists without reservations who were upset with him, because they had to wait a little bit for a table. They finally let it go, and Mom and I waited for our name to be called.
Seating was a very efficient process. There were about twenty parties waiting to be seated when the restaurant opened. The restaurant manager had all of his wait staff lined up at the door, and all, including the no-reservations American tourists were seated in very short order.


Our server was a polite young man from Monaco who had been in the U.S. for about two months. His English was way better than my French ever was. He patiently explained the Deluxe Dining Plan entitlements to me, and understood that I would be paying cash for my motherís meal, as she was a Day Guest. (Day Guest-Disneyism describing a park guest not staying at a Disney Resort)

Mom and I both ordered water for our initial beverages. When our server took the order, I ordered the suggested Burgundy with my entrťe-which were Braised Beef Short Ribs.


For appetizers, I had the Escargots (snails), and Mom had the French Onion Soup. Mom selected the Smoked Chicken and Roasted Pepper CrÍpe.
Our appetizers arrived quickly, and very hot. It is my guess, since the menu is limited, that the chef is probably able to guess in proportion to the amount of reservations exactly what will be sold in a day, and to have the appetizers close to ready when the guests begin to arrive.



While waiting for our appetizers, we were each served two piping hot small baguette rolls with a gold-foil wrapped butter pat-ice cold, as is the norm for Disney restaurant butter.

My Escargots were served in the traditional manner with nut and herb butter in a special Escargots dish. Usually, I am a garlic and parsley guy when it comes to snail butter. There were other herbs with the parsley and butter, making it more of an Herbes de Provence blend. While very pleasant, this change did catch me a little off-guard with the first bite. The snails were tender, without any trace of bitterness. In recent years, snails have become available to restaurants commercially, individually flash frozen, which I prefer over the can. I could be wrong, but these seemed to be the flash frozen kind.

Momís French onion soup was a huge, piping hot, delicious portion with just the right amount of cheese and crouton.



Our entrťes arrived soon after finishing the appetizers. My Boneless Braised Beef Short Ribs were a take-off of the classic Beef Burgundy. The meal portion was ample, tender, and tasty. The rib meat was sprinkled with button mushrooms, chives, and perfectly cooked pearl onions. On the side was a generous portion of buttered fettucine pasta, which was excellent.



Momís crÍpe could be described as one thing-huge. The crÍpe was filled with plenty of chicken breast meat and roasted peppers, and was very good. The crÍpe itself was toasted on the outside from the cooking process. Mom said the field greens which came with the dish were dressed perfectly with a light vinaigrette.


During dinner, Audio-animatronic Ratatouille Rodent came to visit us, and neighboring tables. It was a pleasant distraction, and done tastefully.


After the main courses, Mom was too full for dessert. I ordered the Vanilla Ice cream stuffed Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce. They were sprinkled with coconut as well, adding another pleasant dimension to the dish. I had coffee with dessert as well, and both were very good.



The bill for my wine and Momís lunch came to about $38. The Deluxe Dining Plan portion was about $42, and one dining credit was deducted from my bill-a great value. I tipped the waiter too much, because he was really good. He thanked me profusely on the way out.

So, to rate the dining experience-first some notes: Yes, this is a French restaurant. That means good, solid, fresh food. However, it is a cafť, and should be viewed as such. If you want very fancy china and silverware, blow-your-mind plate presentations, in an intimate setting, this place is not for you-try the Bistro upstairs, or Victoria and Albertís at the Grand Floridian. If your want a delicious, filling, eye-appealing meal of food regular French people actually eat, served efficiently by friendly staff, with great people watching (most of the restaurant has glass walls) then go to Chefs de France.

Chef Ďs de France gets 4.5 out of 5 for me because the china was showing some wear and tear, and Morgann the host was flustered as negatives. Iíd go back for lunch today if I had one of those fancy private jets.
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:08 AM   #23
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At first look, I thought this is just another trip report, Boy, I couldn't be more wrong. Love your style and philosophy of eating in WDW. You rock!
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:11 AM   #24
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Hey, my mom lives in Naples. She drove up to Disney to see me.

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Old 04-28-2009, 10:25 AM   #25
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oh im so signing up for this, my mouth is waterin,
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:17 AM   #26
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My mouth was watering with Yachtsman and started right up again with Chefs de France, two places we've yet to try. While the pictures are great, your descriptions are the real cause. Excellent report! I look forward to reading more.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:49 AM   #27
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Sounds great!

Can't wait to eat there in September, yum!
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:52 AM   #28
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Lovin it so far and can't wait for the other reviews. You have such a great writing style and your knowledge helps add even more to the reviews.

Only thing...........where's the picture of the steak!!! I was soooo looking forward to seeing that.

Not sure about having the rat visit during the meal though. Of course, that could be because I have a phobia of rats.
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Sounds great! You keep writing, I'll keep reading!

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You've got a way of pulling me into your dining experience. I think I can actual taste the food by your descriptions. Nice!
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