Showing posts with label Table service. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Table service. Show all posts

Monday, December 2, 2013

Yak and Yeti

At Disney, the imagineering department makes sure that a ride is never just a ride; that a resort room is never just a resort room; or that a restaurant is never just a restaurant.  Animal Kingdom's Yak and Yeti restaurant is truly not your average table service location.  It has a story.

As you enter, you are transported to Anandapur in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains - and the home of Arjun, a wealthy merchant who has fallen on hard times.  Arjun has turned his lavish home into a hotel and restaurant - Yak and Yeti.  All the decor and artifacts throughout the hotel were collected by Arjun in his travels throughout Southeast Asia.

For this visit we had lunch reservations.  I like to arrive early so that I can really have a chance to look at all artifacts that Arjun has collected.  The restaurant has a really cozy feel with a series of rooms both on the main level and up the stairs (there is an elevator for those who need it).

We like to sit upstairs by the windows - we have a great view and it's fun to people watch.  If you'd like, you could even schedule an early dinner here and have a fabulous (and air conditioned!) seat to watch the Jammin' Jungle parade.

 Food wise, the general flavors of Yak and Yeti are pan Asian.

First - I ordered a Yeti Blast.  There is an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version.  It's like a giant slushie with lime, mango, and strawberry flavors.

We decided to have appetizers - trying the pot stickers and the wok fried green beans.  Oh.My.Word.  The green beans come with this sweet Thai chili dipping sauce - so so good.  I am always a sucker for pot stickers and wontons - so these are a must do every time for my family.  And now.  The wok fried green beans are a must do!

For entrees we had the Malaysian seafood curry (which they can make extra spicy for you if you want!) and the Shaoxing steak and shrimp.

And then for dessert there was mango pie and chocolate cake with raspberry sauce.  Now, I am a firm believer that fruit does not equal dessert.  And that chocolate should not mix with fruit.  So, when I asked them to substitute the raspberry sauce for chocolate sauce it was no problem - and our waitress said that it's actually a pretty common request.

Yak and Yeti is one of our favorite tables services at Disney.  The themeing, the decor, and especially the food make this a stand out! about you?  Have you had a meal at Yak and Yeti? 


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

50's Prime Time Cafe

Eating a meal at the 50's Prime Time Cafe is like taking a small step back in time.  From the food to the decor to the antics of the waitstaff - it really does feel like the 1950's.

The 50's Prime Time Cafe is in Disney's Hollywood Studios - just across the lake from the American Idol Experience and next to the Indiana Jones Stunt Show.  
When you walk in, you'll find yourself in a 1950's living room.  Complete with vintage furniture and kitschy decorations.  Do you see anything here from your childhood?

There are a number of living rooms to check out - all of them playing black and white tv shows - from "Dick Van Dyke Show" to "Car 54 Where are you?" to "The Mickey Mouse Club."  But my favorite are the public service announcements - with dating tips. 

When you are seated in Mom's kitchen - be sure to look around at the fabulous details in the theming.

Keeping it in the family, the waitstaff will be your aunt, your uncle or even your cousin.  And they are there to enforce mom's rules for sitting at the table.  Don't wear your hat to the table.  Make sure you don't put your elbows on the table.  And most of all make sure you eat all your veggies before you ask for desert.  

If you can't follow these rules, you might have to deal with things like: wearing a dunce cap; standing in the corner, your waiter making "chugga-chugga-choo-choo" noises while they bring a fork full of food to your mouth.  Then again, you might even get a commendation for being a member of the clean plate club.

And what is on the menu at the Prime Time?  It's traditional 50's comfort foods.  You can also order drinks from Dad's liquor cabinet!

We started with the beer battered onion rings (served pouring out of a cute frying basket) and the blue claw crab cake over succotash.

For the main course we had sampler of Mom's favorite recipes (meatloaf, pot roast and Aunt Liz's fried chicken) served with mashed potatoes and green beans substituted for the greens) and Cousin Barry's olive oil poached salmon.  They were both delicious - and next time I think I'll just get Liz's fried chicken - devine!!

On the dining plan, you can get a milkshake as your beverage - and I got the Peanut Butter and Jelly milkshake.  Oh.My.Word - so, so, good.  If you are a peanut butter lover, this is the drink for you. There was not much of a jelly taste to the shake (which makes me happy) - it was just creamy goodness.

And then we had dessert.  We had the 50's Boston Creme Parfait and the Apple cobbler a la mode.

This is a really fun restaurant - great themeing and some delicious eats! about you?  Have you experienced any of the antics at the 50's Prime Time?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Liberty Tree Tavern: dining in the Magic Kingdom

The Liberty Tree Tavern is located in Liberty Square - across from the Riverboat and near the Hall of Presidents.  
We visited this restaurant for the first time in May.  And I must admit that in the beginning, I was not that excited about eating here. I had read a few reviews of dinner - and well, as un-American as this might sound, I am not a fan of Thanksgiving type foods.  But.  As I read and researched further, I found that the lunch menu at the Liberty Tree tavern is quite different than the family style Thanksgiving meal at dinner.  There was a menu.  With lots of choices.  And ones that sounded really good.

I really like the theming of this restaurant as well.  It's located in an 18th century colonial style building - and then the dining room is composed of a series of rooms that are patriot themed: Betsy Ross, Paul Revere, John Paul Jones, Benjamin Franklin, George and Martha Washington, and Thomas Jefferson.  
And it's really fun when they call you from the waiting area to your table: "Welcome the Harris family from Georgia!"
We were seated in the John Paul Jones section right by a window.  
Do you see those stairs in the above photo?  If I have any quibble at all with this restaurant, it's the bathroom.  The bathroom is up those stairs (I am not sure how they handle accessible needs) - and it's really, really small.  
When you get your drinks, they are in these cute tavern mugs - and they are also available for purchase.

My mom and I decided to split the New England Pot Roast (the tavern keepers favorite).  And it was delicious.  Normally, I am not a big fan of pot roast.  It seems that almost everything made in my slow cooker tastes the same.  Obviously, the Liberty Tree Tavern did not use my slow cookers!  This was absolutely amazing.  The beef was fork tender and melt in your mouth.  And the potatoes with the gravy - I could eat it again right now.  Because we split a meal, we were each brought a plate with our half portions - so this picture is a half portion.
My girls decided to split the Pilgrim's feast.  They do not join me in my feelings for Thanksgiving food.  They thought it was all quite yummy - and even ate their green beans.  Again - this is a half portion on the plate. 
Our lunch was amazing - but what is going to make me go back is the dessert - the Ooey Gooey toffee cake. I wish we had gotten more than one to share!

To see more posts about Disney food and drinks, be sure to check out the blog hop over at Deb's Focused on the magic!

So...what about you?  Have you tried Liberty Tree Tavern?  Do you like Thanksgiving food?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Les Chefs de France - a restaurant review

While we love getting pastries in France, we also very much like going to the table service restaurant - Les Chefs de France (I think it might have something to do with my children's obsession with escargots).  Today's review is written by my good friend Shannon.  Last August, Shannon was part of TWO girls trips to Disney (one of which was with yours truly - and if you haven't done a girls/adults only trip - I can't recommend it enough!) - and she has graciously agreed to share some of her thoughts from the trip.  Look for more reviews from Shannon after she comes home from her next trip this October when she'll be celebrating her and her husband Shane's 15th anniversary - and celebrating yet another adults only trip!

Last September, I had lunch at Les Chefs de France during a "girls only" trip to Disney World!  Along for this trip was my mom; my sister, Heather; and my friend, Helen.  This was the first time any of us had dined at Les Chefs, and we were really looking forward to the meal.

Our Advanced Dining Reservation was for 1:10 p.m., but we checked in at 1:00 and were taken right to our table.  I wish I had taken a few photos of the restaurant's interior, because I think it is just beautiful.  Within a minute or so after being seated, our waitress came to take our drink orders and drop off a warm baguette and butter:

It didn't take us long to decide what I wanted to eat: I ordered the Prix Fixe 3-Course Lunch.  I had my choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert.

For the first course, I had the choice of lobster bisque or soupe a l'oignon gratin… I went with the onion soup: 

The soup was superb… and the bowl was huge!  I could have easily made a meal out of just the soup and the baguette.

I chose the baked macaroni and cheese for my entree:

Another huge and delicious portion!  After the soup and bread, I was already getting a little full… I think I only managed to eat half of my entree, and that's because I knew dessert was still to come!

While we were eating our entrees, our table had a visit from Remy!  We all loved the interaction with Remy and his handler, Armand.  They even sang "Joyeux Anniversaire" to my mom (who was celebrating her birthday on our trip!)

After our visit with Remy, it was time for dessert.  My choice was the profiteroles, puff pastry with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce:

I was very pleased with my dessert.  The only negative I had about the profiteroles is that the chocolate was bittersweet… I would have liked it better had it been milk chocolate.

Les Chefs de France was très bonne!  The service was great... our waitress was a total sweetheart. Every dish was délicieux and the portions were plentiful! There are several dishes on the menu that sound yummy… I would love to come back for lunch at Les Chefs sometime to give them a try. And the interaction with Armand and Remy was so fun! I definitely recommend lunch at Les Chefs!
Thanks again to Shannon for sharing!  So...what about you?  Do you have a favorite French food?