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Old 01-13-2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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Epcot - France - Bistro de Paris - UPDATED for March, 2012 Dinner

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For whatever, reason, I had dinner here in 1997, really enjoyed it, and had not been back until the F&W lunch. I think I was probably caught up in the Dining vouchers, then the dining plan, but even after abandoning the DDP a few years ago (migrated to TiW), I still had not made it back to this delightful, slightly out of the way, gem.

To make up for it, I went twice. What you see here is a hybrid of dinner on two different evenings.....

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Night #1, Table for One

The evening started with a St Germain cocktail - which I had never had before, and now make at home regularly!

Amuse Bouche, baguette and butter






Focus on the baguette!






Salmon Pastrami, with cucumber on top






Close up of the cucumber






Lobster - hmmm, I don't recall the name, but it had two tails in a light cream sauce.






Another view of the lobster dish






After the salmon, I was too full to eat the lobster - so I took it back to my room and had it (cold) for breakfast the next morning. The view, before boxing.....






Dinner accompanied by wine pairings, charmingly served by Benoit (who is scheduled to return home in March).





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Old 01-13-2012, 05:56 PM   #2
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Night #2, Dinner for 2

I enjoyed MANY things about my first dinner, which I will summarize at the end, but suffice it to say that I must have really enjoyed it, because I returned - which I've been known to do, but not usually in the same trip.

By this time in the vacation DS23 had joined me, and I wanted to share the Bistro magic with him.....

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Benoit taking DS23's order, DS making funny faces for the camera!






This time we both had a St Germain cocktail!!






DS did the fixed price dinner, I knew the salmon would be plenty for me!

Ahi Tuna






Salmon Pastrami, reprise







DS getting ready to enjoy his filet






Filet close-up







Mashed Potatoes






Raspberry Souffle, sorbet







Sorbet close-up







Chocolate almond cake









Dessert toast of champagne







Everything was delicious. The first night, they were offering lemon souffle, but I was too full to try it. I would not go so far as to say I am a souffle aficionado, but I always try it when available, as it is not something I am likely to make for myself. The first time I had it (one of the Disney Restaurants in the 90's), I thought "Hmmm, sweet, dessert-flavored, airy quiche - what's the big deal?" Since then, I routinely order it at VnA, Palo, and now, Remy. What captured my attention here is that RASPBERRY is my favorite dessert flavor. I used to request raspberry pie for my "birthday cake" when I was growing up. As soon as Benoit mentioned raspberry souffle as a dessert option, I knew enough to save room. Just remembering it is making my mouth water. This was, simply, the BEST! It was flavorful, light, perfectly balanced for fruit flavor and texture - no sauce to turn the interior soggy (I am going to stop puncturing the souffle and pouring the sauce it - going to dip instead). This was wonderful from the first bite to the last. And then, there was raspberry sorbet, too. And raspberries. I hope they have it again!! Thank you to whoever created this - it was very memorable!!

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Old 01-13-2012, 06:00 PM   #3
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Summary - Delightful

I really like everything about Bistro - food, location, food, ambience, food. Mentally, I put it on my list of future "must-do, always" list. Then, I read it was joining the DDP. It will be interesting to see how the menu holds up under the pressure of DDP price margins. I will keep an open mind, and I will keep you posted!!
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:06 PM   #4
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Thanks for the review. You're making me want to cancel LC to go back to LB next month. We booked LC, because we haven't tried it in years. Like you, I'm concerned DDP may negatively impact LB. I hope not. IMO, LB is the best restaurant we've eaten at in WDW, & we've eaten at a majority of them.
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Glad to hear a review as I will be trying this on my next trip due to its addition to the DDP (hoping to get it while it's still good before a potential downgrade of the menu for the plan). That's not the lobster cassolette by chance, is it? Doesn't seem so by the description on the menu, but thought I'd ask.
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:55 PM   #6
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Bistro v Cellier

I suppose, if I were trying to totally objective, I would do both in the same trip. I kind of thought of them as apples and oranges for dining and ambiance. I'm not sure I ever knew price at the same point in time.

I only did LC a couple of times, on the DDP. For a single credit, I considered it a good value for the dollar. For 2 credits, well I can make a steak at least as good for a lot less, with very little effort. As a matter of fact, I'll do it tomorrow. Even if I started practicing tomorrow, I don't know that I will ever replicate that raspberry souffle dessert!! Hopefully, you don't have to give up one for the other!! If we see warm, chocolate lava cake in place of souffle next visit, we'll know they've caved to the DDP!
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:06 PM   #7
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I love Le Bistro de Paris...great service, wonderful food, quiet, peaceful dining. I will be very surprised if we don't lose most of that to the DDP.
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Testing, testing - March 19th

We'll see what BdP is like under the DDP (although I will be ordering under TiW)...
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I'm so glad you're returning soon. I can't wait to hear how it compares post DDP. We didn't make it to LC or BdP in Feb. I cancelled LC for Jiko. Unfortunately, we weren't very impressed w/ Jiko. We'll definitely return to BdP soon. That is, if it's still as good as it was. Some day, we won't cancel LC & actually give it another try.
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OMG I had no idea it was going to be a part of the dining plan now. I can not see how it will remain as good as it was - sorry but that's my honest opinion. We find ourselves going more to non Disney Owned restaurants because the quality in all have gone down so much.

We ate here in October and really enjoyed it.
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The raspberry souffle looks wonderful. I hope it's still on the menu when I eat there. Fantastic pics as always!
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To the last 3 posters - here's hoping.

But then, we know hope is not a strategy

Allearsnet posted new Bistro menu for DDP, and I did not see any souffle on it (which I considered a "red flag" of quality decline). It is possible that allearsnet did not have the new, complete menu, but I will know soon enough - table for one this upcoming Monday. Will keep you posted!
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To the last 3 posters - here's hoping.

But then, we know hope is not a strategy

Allearsnet posted new Bistro menu for DDP, and I did not see any souffle on it (which I considered a "red flag" of quality decline). It is possible that allearsnet did not have the new, complete menu, but I will know soon enough - table for one this upcoming Monday. Will keep you posted!
The current allears menu (updated March 2012) still shows a raspberry soufflé. However, some previous desserts are missing - the crêpe duo, which I thought was great (but it was prepared tableside, which can be laborious and goes against the DDP's efficiency), and the crème brûlée plate (which was a neat sample of various takes on crème brûlée).
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Your picture of the raspberry souffle and sorbet has whetted my appetite for that dessert? I hope it's still there next month when we go. We have ADRs at Bistro de Paris for our first night in the World.
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That food looked fabulous, will have to try it next time.
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