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Old 09-10-2010, 03:55 PM   #91
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I have really been enjoying your reviews. I keep thinking about Saana, but then always change my mind. Your review has moved it to the top of the list for me!
I would heartily recommend Sanaa - I know everyone has different experiences but it was such a lovely atmosphere!

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Old 09-10-2010, 04:59 PM   #92
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Tuesday 17th August

Today was so HOT! But we wouldn't let that put us off our food!

We had breakfast in the villa and then headed out to AK. We had lots of AK fun before deciding that we needed FOOD!

With Flame Tree BBQ being closed we decided to try Restaurantasaurus(?) for a quick counter service meal.

This turned out to be a good decision. (Sorry no pics)

I didn't really how big it was inside - several large dining areas that lead into each other. We easily found a table.

The girls and I were in the mood for something a bit different so we each got a hot dog. This was very tasty and satisfying. Of course, Simon had a burger. We all got the chocolate mousse for dessert which was very light and yummy. We were very pleased with this CS choice.

After going on more rides in the afternoon, we headed back to OKW to get ready for our ADR at Narcoossees. When I say 'Get Ready' I mean crawl under the covers and go to sleep - that's what I did at least - I think the kids watched more Hannah Montana.

Anyway, fully refreshed we headed to EPCOT so we could catch the monorail to MK and then the Grand Floridian.

We had a slight panic when we got there and I looked at Simon's very neat, organised laminated card with all our ADRs on - it said we were due there on the 19th not the 17th! Simon dashed off to check while we waited in the main foyer. He came back (slightly out of breath) to say were were due tonight - he'd obviously just made an error when typing out the cards! Phew! What a relief we hadn't got gussied up for nothing - and we were starving!

So we went and checked in on time - but we had to wait about ten or fifteen minutes. Here's Simon and the girls outside:



The restaurant is beautiful - it over looks the Seven Seas Lagoon with excellent views of the Magic Kingdom, The Contemporary and The Polynesian. It has a viewing deck - but it was quite breezy out there.

Our table was up on the second tier and we had nice, elevated views out of the window. We were quite near the bar but it didn't get too busy and there was plenty of space - we didn't feel at all squashed.

Our server was Rita and she seemed pleasant enough. But she wasn't great. She didn't refill our glasses or check if we needed anything the whole night. Our whole meal took only just over an hour. A bit rushed for a signature meal if you ask me.

This is the first place we had eaten at that being on the dining plan, and not staying at the GF gave us a different standard of service. It wasn't bad. Just not signature standard. Not really Disney standard even.

Luckily, the food was very good.

Now, you know us - being on the regular DDP didn't stop us from ordering starters if something took our fancy. But nothing did here and Rita seemed a bit put out with this and asked us if we 'were sure'....er...yes!

Bizarrely, when we sat down - I noticed that Rita called Simon 'James'..... she then proceeded to give him a menu with 'Happy Birthday James' on!

I'd like to take this opportunity to apologise to James, whoever he was, because we didn't dare to tell them they'd got the wrong person - so he never got his personalised menu!

I got a Narcoossees lemonade which was lovely and refreshing - but I finished it about halfway through my meal and was never offered another drink. I probably would have ordered another of the same drink if our server had been around. We weren't even brought water to drink as we were at every other signature restaurant we ate at. Likewise, Kate ran out of sprite and we eventually had to track Rita down to refill it. At many other restaurants in WDW our soft drinks were refilled before we even realised we were coming to the end of them!

Here is my cocktail:



And Simon and Sarah:



We were, at least, given some lovely sourdough bread and butter which was sprinkled with sea salt:



The entrees were quite delicious. Simon decided to try the surf and turf:



I tried some of the lobster tail and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Simon was happy with his food.

Sarah and Kate both tried the chicken dish:



And they were both very happy with their choice.

I went for the crab crusted flounder with crushed potatoes and meyer lemon (Sarah and Kate teased me mercilessly about eating poor flounder!):



The was absolutely delicious! A serious contender for my favourite entree of the whole holiday - just a shame the whole experience was something of a let down.

For dessert - I knew what I wanted - I had been eyeing it up for months:



The almond crusted cheesecake! And it was yummy - I just couldn't manage to eat it all!

Kate and Simon both had the chocolate dome:



And Sarah had the gelato sampler:



Seeing as I hadn't managed to grab Rita for another cocktail I decided to order a liquer coffee with my dessert. Well, that never showed up but he bill did. Rita had obviously forgotten my coffee and we were past caring to make an issue of it (* take note of this event when we go to another signature restaurant and how THEY dealt with the same situation)

For the first time we didn't round the tip up past 20% - the service just did not deserve it. When we compared it to Sanaa there was no contest.

So, all in all, Narcoossees was a big disappointment to us. We just weren't made to feel comfortable. And anyone who read my 2008 food review will remember that we had a disappointing time at the Garden View Tea Room. (We call it Triflegate!)

This meal was Simon's first time eating at the Grand Floridian and he was disappointed - I don't think we will go back to eat there.

Total cost of meal: $264.33

We paid $59.44 for my Narcoossees Lemonade, Simon's beer and the tip.

Crumble Rating: 5 out of 10 (that's for the food)

Coming up: Don't worry folks - things get much, much better!
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:29 PM   #93
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Loving the reviews & all the pics! I've never given Yak & Yeti a second thought but you've put it pretty high on our possible to do list for May's trip. My DH is totally drooling over the steak & shrimp photo!!
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:35 PM   #94
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Loving the reviews & all the pics! I've never given Yak & Yeti a second thought but you've put it pretty high on our possible to do list for May's trip. My DH is totally drooling over the steak & shrimp photo!!
Thank you! We really loved Yak n Yeti - all the food was totally delicious! It was one of those unexpected delights that Disney do so well!
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So, all in all, Narcoossees was a big disappointment to us. We just weren't made to feel comfortable. And anyone who read my 2008 food review will remember that we had a disappointing time at the Garden View Tea Room. (We call it Triflegate!)

This must have been a big disappointment! Nothing worse than bad service, definitely takes away from a great meal and evening. I hope you have better luck with your next meal. Again, loving the report! Thanks
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:58 PM   #96
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What a shame about the server at Narcoossee's We're trying it for the first time on our next trip - the flounder looked lovely but I've been eying up the surf and turf for months!!
I may try a Narcoossee's lemonade too - what was in it?
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Had to go and read your old review to find out about triflegate!
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This must have been a big disappointment! Nothing worse than bad service, definitely takes away from a great meal and evening. I hope you have better luck with your next meal. Again, loving the report! Thanks
A server certainly makes or breaks a meal experience. Delicious food, bad service = never going there again!

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What a shame about the server at Narcoossee's We're trying it for the first time on our next trip - the flounder looked lovely but I've been eying up the surf and turf for months!!
I may try a Narcoossee's lemonade too - what was in it?
Can't wait to read more
I'm sure there are many attentive servers at Narcoossees - you will probably have a different experience to us.

The lemonade was great - I'll have a look and see if I can remember what was in it!

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Had to go and read your old review to find out about triflegate!
Sarah still has flashbacks! Thanks for taking the time to read!
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Just found this review and have been loving every second of it...we were there at the same time as you (although not for as long at Disney).

Have to say I'd never seriously considered sanaa but your cocktail alone is making me want to check out the menu right this second!
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[B] Bizarrely, when we sat down - I noticed that Rita called Simon 'James'..... she then proceeded to give him a menu with 'Happy Birthday James' on!

I'd like to take this opportunity to apologise to James, whoever he was, because we didn't dare to tell them they'd got the wrong person - so he never got his personalised menu!
Too funny! Sorry to hear about the bad service at narcoosee's. I've been reading lots of mixed reviews on the service there.
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I am so enjoying your reviews! Great pictures, and y'all seem like a great family! Sorry to hear that your dinner at Narcoossee's was such a disappointment.
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Hi
I really enjoyed reading your reviews and seeing all the pictures!! Thanks for taking your time to share everything. We'll be at DW 12 days. Can't wait!!
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Loving the reviews, Shari!

I went and checked out 'Triflegate' in your previous dining report and I am so shocked and sorry that you and your daughter would have to go through something like that. Thankfully we won't be going for the Afternoon Tea!
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Fab. reviews! I have ADRs at BOMA this year but next year - I GO SANAA!
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