The Best Excuse To Go To Disney - Chef's Table Review 4/18/06

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  1. Cplofdisneynutz

    Cplofdisneynutz Any excuse to go to Disney is a good enough reason

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    Our story begins on a brisk February morning. While cruising the DISboards, we stumbled upon our favorite DISer, our good friend, Mister Disney. He was looking for interested persons to take his chef's table reservation for April 18, 2006. This wonderful act of pixie dust came courtesy of the K-Man (aka kevin). Apparently, trying to surprise each other, they both ended up with reservations 2 days apart :eek: After noticing the date was Katharine's birthday, we jumped at the chance :woohoo: How often do you get to eat at the chef's table twice in 6 months, right? So we begin by saying :worship: :thanks: Mister Disney & K-Man for the wonderful opportunity, and the best excuse to go to Disney World.

    Upon our arrival we were greeted jubilantly by Israel, the Maitre d'Hotel (more on him later). He welcomed us back to V&A and wished Katharine a very happy birthday (which she was all to giddy about this birthday dinner :rolleyes2 :rotfl2: ). As we were escorted to the alcove in the kitchen, we were greeted not only by the busy chef's, but also by a little piece of aromatic heaven. :cloud9:

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    Our "Albert" for the evening was Allen. He was pleasant and very personable. He poured our first glass to toast and informed us the chef would be right over. Scott Hunnel was our chef for the evening and he was full of energy. He asked if we were ready to have fun........uh, YEAH!! On to the Amuse Bouche:

    Asian Tuna Roll with Ginger Mignonette
    Long Island Duck, Sherry Bacon Vinaigrette
    Avocado Salad and French Lentils
    wine pairing, Codorniu Cava Pinot Noir Brut, Penedes NV

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    Katharine is the Tuna lover in this relationship, but in my promise to try "everything" I indulged in this fantastic creation. The tuna itself was very tender and firm, which is what one strives for with fresh fish. The tuna roll had a sweet undertone, but not a "sugary" sweet. There was a small slice of mango inside the roll and that, combined with the ginger, lent to the subtle sweetness of this tender morsel. The textures and flavors blended phenomenally and truly left you wanting for more.

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    Not being a fan of wild poultry (usually too gamy), I found this dish tender and flavorful, without the "wild" taste I have come to expect. The bacon and vinaigrette lent a smokey, earthy undertone. Against the other two pieces on the platter, this stood out in the forefront with its deep and hearty flavors.

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    This dish was a very light and refreshing contrast to the other two pieces. There was a skinned cherry tomato that added a burst of flavor to the mild avocado. The lentils in this dish were not very prevalent and did not really stand out, but added greatly to the texture with a crunch and slight bite.


    This was a wonderful beginning to what was inevitably a superb evening. We will return with more on this culinary fantasy shortly. Coming next, course #2, Jumbo Lump Blue Crab & Fresh Gulf Shrimp with Petite French Green Lentils. :wave:
     
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  3. happypooh

    happypooh DIS Veteran

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    Ooh looks yummy (albeit small!) Keep it coming!
     
  4. Minniespal

    Minniespal <img src="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/image

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    Enjoyed reading your review ~ Thanx for sharing.
     
  5. Mister Disney

    Mister Disney Ludwig Von Drake of Disney Fine Dining

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    Oh sure.....we're lazy and you guys beat us to the punch....We're FINALLY going to start are CT report today....and YES we did read about people not liking the teasing.... :rotfl2: :rotfl2:


    It will be interesting the read your thoughts on the menu in comparison to ours also and to see the variations in the dishes offered 2 days apart.
     
  6. TwingleMum

    TwingleMum DIS Veteran

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    Off to a wonderful start , can't wait for the rest!!!!
     
  7. kaceyisme

    kaceyisme Just passing the time until my next trip

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    Sounds great! I can't wait for more - I just love the pictures too!
     
  8. Cplofdisneynutz

    Cplofdisneynutz Any excuse to go to Disney is a good enough reason

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    :lmao: :lmao: yea sorry about that. It will be interesting especially since people have been asking lately how much the menus change.
     
  9. D&R love Disney

    D&R love Disney DIS Veteran

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    I can't wait to read more!
     
  10. honeybee213

    honeybee213 Mouseketeer

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    Great pictures and review :thumbsup2

    If only I could convince DH to go to V&A's
     
  11. twinsmamma

    twinsmamma disney planning nut

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    Great start to your review. you are well on your way to giving Mr. Disney a run for his money. :yay: can't wait to hear more. Love these reviews Oh I must edit to add K-Man pirate: you are also doing great reviews. Love them all so far. :cheer2: :cheer2:
     
  12. zurgswife

    zurgswife WDW is my Shangrala...and I'm going...life is bett

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    Great Start..

    I can't wait to try to make ressie for our Dec visit...I hope I get a little pixie dust during my calling.
     
  13. formernyer

    formernyer DIS Veteran

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    I'm not thread-crapping here. I love reading all the V&A reviews, but I've never seen anything at all in them that I'd be willing to eat, other than a random dessert. So far, I wouldn't touch anything you've posted (although everything looks very pretty).
     
  14. Cplofdisneynutz

    Cplofdisneynutz Any excuse to go to Disney is a good enough reason

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    WOW!! Thanks for the compliment, that is esteemed company to be placed with. Mister Disney is our mentor and role-model for review writing :thumbsup2 as well as our friend and fellow foodie....it was his 1st chef's table review that even encouraged us to try this on our own. We had so much fun writing our october review and we are looking forward to completing this one as well :goodvibes


    Next segment coming tonight after work!!
     
  15. christinou

    christinou <font color=teal>Is now a Tag Fairy believer and i

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    Thank you what a great start to a great report, and Mr Disney get going.....
     
  16. larklynn

    larklynn Mouseketeer

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    can't wait
     
  17. kyirish25

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    What a wonderful start! It looks so delicious! Can't wait to read the rest. :thumbsup2
     
  18. Mr. D's K-Man

    Mr. D's K-Man <font color="purple"><font color="red">Life is unc

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    SURE! SURE! .... A special thanks to Cplofdisneynutz! pirate:
    You beat us to the punch and spank Mister Disney .... he spanks me!

    HUM ... guess this is turning out to be a win-win situation after all! :teeth: :rotfl:
     
  19. DisneyJen

    DisneyJen <font color=FF66FF>Chairs the "Keep the Park Game

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    Woo hoo ... Dueling Chef's Tables reviews :cool1:

    Keep it coming :teeth:
     
  20. majortom

    majortom Mouseketeer

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    If you have never liked anything in these reviews, why do you read them?

    /carmi
     
  21. MScott1851

    MScott1851 <font color=font color=royalblue>Got a link for th

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    Probably the same reason I do....

    Often what I picture when I read a menu item description is WAY off base! Getting first-hand reports along with pictures helps out a lot when I'm trying to decide where to make ADR's.

    Disney often "fancies up" their descriptions of food, and then when you get there, you find out it's a grilled chicken breast with mushroom gravy and beans on the side. :rotfl: :rotfl: Also, WDW's food presentation is often very unique...

    I like reading food reports, regardless of whether I like what they are reviewing or not. I've made some pretty good decisions on our WDW dinners based on others' experiences.
     

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