Food Sub-Par??

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  1. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

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    Wow, not our experience on Celebrity at all. We found the food to be "mass produced," but definitely an improvement over DCL's current fare--and with the above, the biggest disappointment has been the decline in DCL quality. On Celebrity one night, my daughter took a bite of her dessert and put it down saying that she didn't like it. Within SECONDS, a manager was at her table quizzing her about what she didn't like about it. He then produced a clean fork and tasted it, declaring that "it wasn't good." And a few minutes later he appeared with something that she LOVED based on what she had told him. We were impressed, as she had just intended to not eat any dessert based on the first bite. The same manager showed up the next night just to be sure she was happy with her food.
     
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  3. GoHabsGo

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    I think the DCL strategy is to serve powdered eggs on the last morning before debarking (disembarking?) so that you're so disappointed in the taste, you finish quickly and leave, allowing them more time to prep for the next sailing.

    I was never disappointed in any meals to a degree that I would send anything back but there's no questioning that the quality suffers from having to prep and serve so many in such a short period of time.

    For example, I was really looking forward to a bison steak but was underwhelmed by it being dried out. It is a type of meat that is prone to that, as I'm sure the chef is aware, but they obviously didn't have a good enough strategy to deal with it.

    I was pleasantly surprised with Cabana's and the quick service options near the pool (Flo's, 'Mater's, etc.). Not that it was an epicurean delight, just that it was better than most for that style of dining.

    We were on a 4 day and didn't try room service but we'll try that this time to see if it's a little "fresher" since we'll probably have it at a non-traditional time and they'll be making it as a "one off."

    I'm not allowing anyone else to try this because if we all did...! ;)
     
  4. moomy-san

    moomy-san I'd rather be in O'Gills.

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    On the Wonder I was able to get eggs made to order in the dining room on our debarkation morning :)
    Room service is very fresh- live the quesadillas and the BLT's. I crave BLT's while onboard!
     
  5. lilpooh108

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    We've found that the food on the Classic Ships is much better than the Dream (or according to family members, the Fantasy).

    That said, if Enchanted Garden was a real restaurant at home we'd eat there -- depending on if you order "correctly." That's my measure of the food really. Would you eat at this restaurant at home? If yes, then who cares if its banquet food. It's good enough to enjoy. For Enchanted Garden, Definitely skip the scallops. Frozen scallops don't sear well and get rubbery.

    That said, Royal Palace (on 2 different cruises) is just disgusting :faint: I tried to like it, I really did.
     
  6. STLEdge

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    Agree wholeheartedly with previous posters. One other piece of information I wanted to share though that I don't think has been mentioned.

    Ask your servers for recommendations - on our last cruise I started ordering whatever the server recommended for dinner in the MDR a few days into the cruise and found that I liked what I got a great deal more. The servers know what's good.

    I will also echo what folks say about Remy. It may not be the best restaurant in the world, but it is very very good and $75 a person is a bargain for a meal of that caliber. Also consider the Remy champagne brunch - some of the brunch courses topped what we got at dinner.

    I thought Palo was good, certainly better than the MDRs, but nowhere near as good as Remy.
     
  7. over50visits

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    Although "banquet food" may be a reasonable description of the food, it is far from a banquet experience. The upscale decor of the dining rooms, the nicely attired and extremely attentive staff, the presentation of the food, and their genuine desire to accommodate special requests you might have all set the MDRs far apart from hotel banquets.

    You are on a cruise, surrounded by people who (for the most part) look on these meals as a special experience, and you receive much more than a meal - you get an experience.

    Relish it, enjoy every minute, and don't worry about something being cold or bland. It happens...forgive them, let them fix it if you really need it, and you'll get back the kindness you give in spades!
     
  8. PizzieDuster

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    Sorry to be a tad bit :offtopic: but I watched Top Chef tonight when they were cooking on the cruise ship. It never dawned on me that there would be no open flames. Is that true? Even in Palo or Remy? Got me wondering. :scratchin That would be hard to do - to not use any flames, like cooking the steak.
     
  9. jdb in AZ

    jdb in AZ <font color=green>It could end up curdled<br><font

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    Last spring on the Wonder Hawaiian cruise, they had a barbeque up on deck on one of the at-sea days, and there was plenty of flame -- my steak was quite charred. The last night of the cruise when the chefs were introduced in the MDR's, I recognized the guy who had served me burnt offerings at the barbeque. Turns out he was the head chef. :confused3
     
  10. Shell54

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    We've cruised on both the Dream and Magic. We preferred the food on the Dream for the most part..but we include Remy in that opinion..delish. On the Magic some of the soups were awful and the seafood was ghastly. We did enjoy Palo brunch though:goodvibes
     
  11. mugsy

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    Think of food from the Disney perspective -- DCL has to offer food that will appeal to: (a) families with picky-eater children; (b) vegetarians, vegans and specific food allergy sufferers; (c) adult picky-eaters whose think that anything with a sauce is either icky or too spicy; (d) adults and children who might be willing to try something "slightly" exotic, like a Caribbean-influenced or French-influenced dish; (e) adults (and children) actively seeking a challenging food experience; and (f) experienced foodies who have a wide range of food experience. Mix in the fact that the American palate favors somewhat bland flavors and spices, and you have the impossible task of trying to please everyone.

    In the buffets, you can pick your own experience, based on the dishes offered (and some are very, very good). In the MDRs, you have food prepared in mass quantities, although there are some "exotic" tastes to be had (we found the Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes in AP, the Ahi Tuna and Avocado Tower in EG, and The Comtesse du Barry's Soup in RP defied the "mass-produced" stereotype). In RP, I got my picky-eating 11 year old to try escargot and wild mushroom soup, and he discovered new favorite foods. Quality among the entree dishes, however, did vary,and I agree with many of the comments about desserts. However, some of the good desserts we had in MDRs were the "non-pastry" items such as the Creme Brulee and Gran Marnier Souffle in RP; the Lemon Mousse in AP; and Bananas Foster Sundae in EG.

    The slightly adventurous (and adventurous) will find the Palo dinner and the Palo brunch fun and more oriented to fresh ingredients and quality preparation than the MDR food. We enjoyed the antipasti, various pasta dishes with mushrooms and lobster; the potato gnocci with gorgonzola cheese; the Osso Bucco and lamb; and of course the Chocolate Souffle. All well prepared, all delicious.

    The foodie in you will love Remy, if you are inclined that way. Although people can disagree, we thought the combinations of flavors and ingredients (as well as service and atmosphere) made for a memorable food experience. Although I thought the desserts could have been better (but the sweet treats after the meal were definitely NOT disappointing), the cheese course prior to the dessert course more than made up for the letdown in the dessert course -- what a selection! For us, the one Remy dinner more than made up for any disappointment we had in the food elsewhere on the ship (the Fantasy, to be clear).

    My point is that if you expect all the food on the ship to match the food that you can get in Remy (or Palo, for that matter), you are setting yourself up for disappointment. That foodie experience is available in those restaurants, albeit at an extra price -- but most cruise ships are trending in that direction (mass produced in the main dining rooms, better and fresher in "specialty" restaurants if you're willing to pay for it). In the MDRs, you can be pleasantly surprised (usually by the appetizers). But don't let any individual mediocre or average dish spoil your enjoyment of the ship -- it's a Disney cruise, with so much more than food to anticipate.
     
  12. TDC Nala

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    just got off the Dream a week ago with my parents and some friends. Good reports on the food at Enchanted Garden and Animators Palate, just so so on Palo and Royal Palace. Everyone loved Remy brunch. My parents loved the buffet in Enchanted Garden for breakfast. We avoided the pirate menu (Palo that night) so we only had the restaurant menus.
     
  13. Meghatron

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    THIS. :thumbsup2
     
  14. HyperionDreamer

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    So is the quality of the MDR food, then, comparable to other MDRs on cruise ships of similar size?
     
  15. jdb in AZ

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    It's so subjective. DH and I don't even agree on whether the Wonder has better food than the Fantasy, or vice versa.

    Some dishes are better than others, but overall I would equate DCL with RCL, Princess, and HAL. NCL Hawaii comes in dead last. Celebrity is a bit better than the others.
     
  16. Yokelridesagain

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    I think a lot of the experience really depends on whether you have younger children with you or not. It is a lot easier to 'enjoy every minute' if you aren't trying to entertain a bored three year old, or if the food is actually good.
     
  17. Zeppelin

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    i won't call myself a "foodie" but will tell you i'm an Italian from NY who's taken cooking courses in the past, who loves to cook, whose wife is a good cook and whose mom is an excellent cook...

    that said i've never had a bad meal on any of the four Disney Cruises i've taken and have always been satisfied....
     
  18. over50visits

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    Although we didn't take them on a Disney cruise, when our children were 3 they were never a burden, they were a delight. Entertaining three year olds was an adventure to say the least, we enjoyed every minute, and knowing what we know now it would have been a delight to expose them to the waiters on DCL. And the food is actually good.
     
  19. Wadekind

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    I agrees with all three of your numbered points. This has been our experience. We didn't hate the MDR and Buffet food but we didn't think very much of it either.
     
  20. BoosGram

    BoosGram Better than a candygram....I tink, therefore I am.

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    I agree w/a lot of what PPs have to say. I wanted to add that if you really want something w/a little more flavor, let your servers know. When we sailed on the 2010 WBTA, our tablemates were talking about Indian food, which must have been overheard by our servers. We got some delicious (and definitely NOT bland) food on that trip, I can tell you. It seems that trip had a number of Indian chefs on board and they were delighted to prepare some of their homeland foods for us. Now I'm not saying that this would always happen, but it's worth asking, right?

    As for our experiences in the MDR, I'd have to say without any hesitation that the worst food we ever had on DCL was on our 2012 Inaugural Hawaii cruise last May (the service was terrific; the food not so much). One morning we had breakfast in one of the MDRs and I was served pancakes that were so hard I couldn't cut them w/a knife....no joke! Our friends ordered a crab cocktail that consisted of a glass w/a crab claw sticking out of it. That was it.

    On the other hand, some of the best food we had was on the Fantasy last September. There was very little we didn't enjoy. And I agree w/listening to your servers. They have a pretty good idea what are the better things on the menu to order.

    Bottom line? Just relax and enjoy the experience; it's Disney!
     
  21. Wadekind

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    You will not get excellent or over the top food on most cruise ships.
     

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