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Old 12-21-2012, 04:09 PM   #1
toj332000
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Our Disney Dining Review

My wife and I took our first trip to Disney World from December 11-18 and were lucky enough to have the free dining. What an incredible way to save money and stuff ourselves for the entire week!

The amount of food that was eaten at lunch and dinner made using our snack credits incredibly difficult as we weren't hungry at breakfast time of during the day after lunch.

We had made all of our Table Service reservations well ahead of time so got into every restaurant we wanted to try except for the new Be Our Guest Restaurant.

Here's my following review of our experience:

Tuesday, December 11:
Arrived at 8:00 a.m. at Port Orleans Riverside and were luckily able to check-in to our room and take a nap after a red-eye flight from the west-coast.

Went to Epcot to spend our first Counter Service credits and chose the Tangeriene Cafe in Morocco. What a great choice!
We each got the Mediterranean Slider combo and loved it. We were surprised that the chicken slider was each of our favorite over the lamb or falafel but it was a great meal to kick off the week.

That night we went to Kat Cora's Kouzzina on the Boardwalk for our first Table Service dinner.

We were seated right away at our reservation at about 7pm. The bread with dipping oils and olives was a real treat to start the meal off. I ended up ordering the Kouzzina Trio (Lamb Slider, greek style lasagna and cinnamon stewed chicken) and my wife ordered the fisheman's stew (tough decision over the traditional whole fish).

We both LOVED our food with my favorite being the lamb burger. The portions were perfect although I could even finish the sample size of the lasagna (it's very rich).

Dessert was good but not special and the service was great so overall a very good meal and we'd definitely go back again.

Wednesday, December 12:
Hollywood Studios for morning and afternoon and went to the Backlot Cafe for lunch as their doesn't seem to be great counter service options at this park. Had a nice lunch of burgers and fries that wasn't anything special but good enough. We did love the holiday themed ENOURMOUS gingerbread cupcakes that were the highlight of the meal.

That evening we headed to Epcot for dinner at Coral Reef Restaurant. We had a 7:30 reservation and checked in a little before and had to wait until about 8pm to finally get seated which was disappointing.

The food however was not. I ordered the Lobster Orecchiette Pasta and wife ordered the pan-seared sustainable catch. We split our dinners and both very much enjoyed the meal.

We both ordered the Bailey's and Jack Daniel's Mousse for dessert and it was the second best dessert all week (all get to the best).

Great food, disappointing wait that caused us to get a lousy spot for the illumination fireworks that night. Would do it again but with an earlier reservation.

Thursday, December 13:
Went to Animal Kingdom in the A.M. and had planned to do the Flame Tree BBQ for lunch. However neither of us really felt like BBQ when lunch time came and went to the Tamu Tamu stand instead and both got the Slow roasted pulled beef pitas. Not anything amazing but a tasty lunch and we split a chocolate milkshake and very good cheescake cup for dessert.

That evening we went to Downtown Disney and had dinner at Bongos Cuban Cafe.

Two things about Bongos we thought...the food was fabulous...the service was not. Tasting wise we thought it might have been our best meal but the quality of service was definitely the worst as we rarely saw our server and took a long time to order, get refills, etc.

For our entres we split the Cuban Tour and the Parrilladade Mariscos (great value). The shredded beef was very very good in the Cuban Tour and we were each able to have our own lobster tail with the Parrilladade Mariscos. Neither of us had ever had fried plantains so that was a new/fun experience as well. Overall it was a delicious meal with poor service.

Friday, December 14:
Went to Sleepy Hollow to try the spicy chicken Waffle sandwiches and I LOVED these! The fresh waffle batter with a nice piece of fried chicken...this was a new experience as well for me and it might have been my favorite counter service meal of the week. Will definitely make a stop here our next trip.

That night we went to Ohana for dinner. This was the dinner I was most excited for and we had a real great time at dinner.

We got seated about 10 minutes after our reservation and the service was absolutely FANTASTIC. The best service we had all week. We thought the bread/salad/potstickers and wings were great to start the meal off and really enjoyed everything.

However, we were disappointed in the meat portion particularly the steak and pork. I know it's tough to cook but we found the beef pretty well done and fatty and didn't love any of the meats.

The bread pudding dessert was the best dessert all week though and I wished I wasn't so stuffed after or I would've ordered more.

We'd definitely go hear again as we enjoyed the experience, service so much and really liked most of our food but were just underwhelmed a little bit with the meats.

Saturday, December 15
Were at Epcot for the afternoon and went to lunch at the Tangeriene Cafe again since we enjoyed it so much. This time I ordered the Lamb Shwarma platter and liked it even more than the meditteranean sliders.

Dinner that night was at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom. I think the main problem might have been that our reservation was too early and we still were'nt hungry from our large lunch but with was our most disappointing Table Service dinner although we still enjoyed it.

The mashed potatoes weren't homeade, the gravy was VERY salty and it just had a decent "casino buffet" feel to it. I did enjoy the turkey breast and all-in-all we had a nice meal but just didn't enjoy it as much as the others.

Sunday, December 16
Were at Animal Kingdom again and had lunch reservations at Tusker House. I was pretty disappointed that we had to wait about 20 minutes for a lunch reservation and then once we got in had to wait another 10 minutes to order our diet cokes.

The food was good not great and it was fun trying new/different types of food but the desserts were very "standard" and I wouldn't go back again probably. My wife might think differently as she really enjoyed trying the different things but I'd just assume use Table Service credits myself on a nice sit-down dinner in the future.

That night we were exhausted and just did dinner at the Riverside with pizza and cookies...which was fine and we weren't expecting it to be anything special.

Monday, December 17
Were at Epcot for the afternoon and night. Spent our counter service on the fish and chips at England and the turkey leg we'd seen people eating all week. Very good fish and chips and I'm not sure what they season their turkey with but it was great.

That night we went to Les Chefs de France for dinner and had a very nice meal. Didn't love it but it was good with good service. I had the beef tenderloin and wife had the mac and cheese (im not sure why she ordered that).

My rankings after our week:

Table Service:
1. Kouzzina
2. Ohana
3. Bongos
4. Coral Reef
5. Les Chefs de France
6. Liberty Tree Tavern
7. Tusker House

Counter Service:
1. Tangeriene Cafe
2. Sleepy Hollow
3. Turkey Leg
4. Fish and Chips at England
5. Tamu Tamu
6. Backlot Cafe
7. Port Orleans Riverside Cafe
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:31 PM   #2
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That night we went to Kat Cora's Kouzzina on the Boardwalk for our first Table Service dinner.

We were seated right away at our reservation at about 7pm. The bread with dipping oils and olives was a real treat to start the meal off. I ended up ordering the Kouzzina Trio (Lamb Slider, greek style lasagna and cinnamon stewed chicken) and my wife ordered the fisheman's stew (tough decision over the traditional whole fish).

We both LOVED our food with my favorite being the lamb burger. The portions were perfect although I could even finish the sample size of the lasagna (it's very rich).

Dessert was good but not special and the service was great so overall a very good meal and we'd definitely go back again.
Our experience with Kouzzina mirrored yours except for us it was last minute replacement reservation after it became clear that an early day of arrival supper ADR at SciFi was NOT happening. Yeah, check into BC and your kiddo gets his 1st eyeful of SAB....a mere 1.5 hours hours or pirate slide and lazy river was not going to cut it

I was initially wary of this change but it ended up being a very nice meal - one of the week's better table services.

My husband also had the sampler - that lamb slider was insane! I had the lamb shank - good - I have had better as I prefer it crispier and under-sauced rather than over...but no complaints with the dish. A member of our party got the whole fish and it was sublime...though slightly out of their comfort zone (the head stayed when he very much wished it would have been removed during the table-side filleting).

And yes, dessert (I had the trio) - above average but not fantastic. Still - I would recommend the restaurant it in a heartbeat.
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