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Old 04-23-2013, 02:15 AM   #1
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What's so 'yuck' about Chefs de France?

I was reading another thread : Never again will I eat at -_______

Chefs de F came up quite a few times as someone's #1 Never-Eat-There-Again.
What is the reason? I have never eaten there but have an ADR for Next trip. I thought people loved it??? Has something changed?
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:26 AM   #2
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I think it's another hit or miss restaurant. Plus, like most other restaurants, for every person that says they will never eat there again, there is one that says the opposite. I've learned to at least try any restaurant once to form my own opinion.

With that said, we've never had a bad meal at Chefs. We've had bad service, but have also had fantastic service. And once we had a waiter that had just arrived from France and it was only his 2nd day at work...that was fun actually! I say give it a try and see what you think. If you don't, you might be left wondering if you should have tried it.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:38 AM   #3
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I love it.

But honestly, you'll get both rave reviews and horror stories about nearly every restaurant on property here. I can't think of any restaurant off the top of my head that doesn't get a mix, though some are of course more universally loved or hated than others. Sure, read reviews, but make sure they're recent. Keep in mind that any restaurant can have an off night, and that some people have different tastes and preferences than you. Ultimately, if a restaurant sounds appealing to you, I wouldn't let a few negative experiences stop you from trying it.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:45 AM   #4
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I love Chefs. I've eaten there many times, and never had a bad meal. I have had bad meals at Le Cellier, Boma and Yachtsman, which are put on a pedestal by many here, so I really do think you need to look at menus, and if a menu appeals to you, then try the place for yourself.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:47 AM   #5
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For me it was a miss. I loved my apply the flatbread & my sorbet dessert but my ribs were extremely bland I mean like no flavor!

My husband on the other hand loved his steak & would like to go back for that & my flatbread.

I was just a tad disappointed in the ambiance, we were there mid Sept and it was the most crowded restaurant of our trip and so loud! I had envisioned a quiet lull of ppl talking, dishes clinking & the background noise of Parisian music playing! Lol. What I got was extremely loud and busy & no music. It's understandable tho that's almost any restaurant in WDW now a days.. I was surprised at how loud Narcossee actually was. Coral Reef, Trex, Rainforest that I expected.

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Old 04-23-2013, 06:51 AM   #6
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I feel like part of that is based on the service. If you're in a hurry, the service can be very slow on busy nights or peak times. Some articles describe that as very 'french' service.

Not defending or not defending it here, but I also think many people go there and expect the food to taste like a bistro in Paris. If you've been to Paris, and that's something you're looking to repeat by dining here -- you're going to be disappointed.

Personally, I always liked the food more when not ordering entrees from the prix fixe side of the menu. But we go there at least every other trip. As others have said, go once just to see and if not -- scrap it from your plans next time around.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:32 AM   #7
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Used to be a never miss for us. Not anymore. They have packed so many more tables into the space now with the advent of DDP and free dining than used to be in the space that I felt like it was only a short hop to the lap of a patron at the next table. The noise is awful and the food has declined in quality. We don't bother anymore.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:35 AM   #8
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Chefs is usually our last restaurant lunch of our trip. We book a late flight home and enjoy the meal.

The bread is one of the best on property and I really enjoy the escargot.

We've learned that our DD's will never finish their Onion Soup Granitee so my DH is on clean up. If you like French Onion Soup it is very good there.

I ADORE their bacon and creme fraiche flatbread. The baked macaroni and cheese is delicious as is the vegetable lasagna.

I like the loud, bright, busy, close bistro feel of the place. Definetely not fancy.

The only thing we had to get used to was the pasta and chicken kids meal. After the first time when the chicken cutlet came out on top of the pasta we just learned to order them separate.

Maybe people are expecting something fancy like Bistro de Paris but I've easily eaten there a minimum of 2 dozen times and never once had a bad meal.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:49 AM   #9
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My first visit was a spur of the moment thing, we had a free night and tried Chefs.

I think the issue is that my tastebuds were calibrated for amazing french food, and while my wallet recognized this place as french, my tastebuds did not.

I got the beef short ribs, they were supposed to have been braised in Cabernet, but I can assure you no grapes were harmed in the making of that sauce. It tasted like Heinz out of the can.

They were also not overly gracious about me bringing my very well behaved children to dinner, and a little insulting when I tried to order a split adult meal for them, rather than the dumbed down kids menu.

Overall I can't say the food was disgusting, it just wasn't commesurate with the vibe of the place, didn't match the grand menu descriptions, and didn't match the hefty bill.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:50 AM   #10
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We tried it for the first time in January and enjoyed it. Will definitely be back.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:53 AM   #11
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We have been to Chefs de France twice, once for dinner and then for lunch (different trips).

Our service has always been great here.

We did not enjoy the flavor of the food. We did like a few of the food items but not enough to return when there are so many other restaurants in World Showcase or in Disney World to eat at. This is just our opinion.

I agree, if a restaurant interests you, you should try it and form your own opinion. We have found many restaurants that we enjoy that others do not like. Bad reviews are just an opinion.

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You can't judge on how you yourself will feel about a restaurant based on the reaction of others. Unless you see that a LOT of persons have stated that the place is a dump, it's probably just a matter of taste.

I have no desire to ever return to Tony's. Not because it's a dump but because I'm not interested in paying the kind of money charged for what appeared to be the type of Italian food you can buy in a can. But there are a lot of other persons on the board who really enjoy Tony's.

I've had some stuff at Chefs that I didn't like. Once I ordered a flatbread there and was served a piece of bread smeared with tomato paste. I swear that's what it was. But the macaroni and cheese is awesome. I just can't make myself plan to go there for some mac and cheese.

There are others who are led by the descriptions of the place to expect upscale French cuiosine - which it isn't. It's basic bistro food. It's noisy and bustling, not like an upscale restaurant. And a lot of it has been sort of simplified for American palates. The upscale place is Monseiur Paul (in the same building).
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:28 AM   #13
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1) There are onlywo places I recommend against attending.
2) Chefs is not on that "ugly" list for us.
3) But, below is our review of the eatery.

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Our Ratings of Chefs de France: (rev 3/1/2013)
. . . food price value: C
. . . food quality: C
. . . food quantity per serving: B
. . . food prep speed: C
. . . food selection: C
. . . seating quantity: C
. . . seating comfort: B
. . . eatery atmosphere: C
. . . eatery convenience: B
. . . staff friendliness: C
. . . staff attentiveness: C
. . . character interaction: n/a (REMY is fun, for lunch, only)

NOTE: Chefs is a pleasant French eatery, although most dishes
have been Americanized. The service is a pretty slow and the servers
sometimes inattentive, just like in France. As a middle-priced eatery,
it is well placed. The food is average, except leave the snails to run in
the garden, as the snails they use have been sourced differently and
the quality is downgraded. We also thought the cheese plate was very
tasty, but we admit our senses might have been blunted by the copious
amount of vino. We were quite displeased with the entrées, as they
were French-inspired, but not even close to real French (we used to go
to France every four months for business). The atmosphere is good, but
the tables are uncomfortably close to one another. Average American
tastes will like several entrées, but anyone familiar with French cuisine
will be disappointed.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:35 AM   #14
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1) There are onlywo places I recommend against attending.
2) Chefs is not on that "ugly" list for us.
3) But, below is our review of the eatery.

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Our Ratings of Chefs de France: (rev 3/1/2013)
. . . food price value: C
. . . food quality: C
. . . food quantity per serving: B
. . . food prep speed: C
. . . food selection: C
. . . seating quantity: C
. . . seating comfort: B
. . . eatery atmosphere: C
. . . eatery convenience: B
. . . staff friendliness: C
. . . staff attentiveness: C
. . . character interaction: n/a (REMY is fun, for lunch, only)

NOTE: Chefs is a pleasant French eatery, although most dishes
have been Americanized. The service is a pretty slow and the servers
sometimes inattentive, just like in France. As a middle-priced eatery,
it is well placed. The food is average, except leave the snails to run in
the garden, as the snails they use have been sourced differently and
the quality is downgraded. We also thought the cheese plate was very
tasty, but we admit our senses might have been blunted by the copious
amount of vino. We were quite displeased with the entrées, as they
were French-inspired, but not even close to real French (we used to go
to France every four months for business). The atmosphere is good, but
the tables are uncomfortably close to one another. Average American
tastes will like several entrées, but anyone familiar with French cuisine
will be disappointed.
Are you willing to share which two are on your "ugly" list?
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:39 AM   #15
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Are you willing to share which two are on your "ugly" list?
I want to know too!!!!
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