As I mentioned in my post about my Disney Bucket List, having a meal at Victoria & Alberts has been a major part of my Disney Dining To-Do list for a while. You can imagine my excitement when I discovered we had managed to get a reservation for the Chefs Table to tie in with my Birthday during our 2016 trip.
Our first experience of the incredible service V&As offers was in January, about 6 weeks before our visit. We were phoned to inform us that renovations were currently underway, and while they hoped to have them completed before our visit, they wanted to inform us of what was going on and that if the work ran over, how they would accommodate us. I felt it a very nice touch to keep us updated on the off chance we would be affected!
As part of the Victoria & Alberts dining experience, we were offered complimentary Valet Parking at the Grand Floridian. I found this particularly appealing as this restaurant does ahere to a dress code, and I really didnt want to be walking to far a distance in my high heels! With the Chefs Table being located at the back of the kitchen, we seated promptly and introduced to our staff for the evening, who also explained a little about the restaurant, chefs and the general experince of dining at the Chefs Table. I was personally very exctied when the Head Chef for the evening introduced herself and enjoyed a champagne toast with us – it was the perfect way to beginning a wonderful evening!
Once the greetings and introductions were over, we were given some time to take in our surroundings and choose our menus. Whilst the menu is a set 10 courses, there are a number of add-ons you can choose, for example caviar, or an upgraded or vintage wine pairing. Being a special birthday treat, we opted for the vintage wine pairing selection and a couple of extra courses. Once these decision were made, service was underway!
I loved being in the centre of the bustling kitchen, watching the chefs work and prepare some incredibly delicious and intriacte dishes. It was a particuarly special touch that a number of the chefs took time out of service to come and speak to us, explaining their role in the kitchen and answering any questions we had. Each dish and glass of wine we were served was explained in detail, giving a special insight into the preparation and thought that goes into each and every plate that leaves the kitchen. The somelier that brought our wine pairings was ovbiously highly accomplished and passioniate and each glass served was a perfect match for its corresponding dish.
Every course we were served was simply delicious. Whilst a double-digit number of courses seems like more food than one person can stomach, the evening was paced so well and the servings so perfectly portioned that we were on the dessert courses before I started to feel full. However, the wine pairings, while incredible, were a little to much for me to handle and I would recommended anyone who is not a large drinker to consider sharing a wine pairing with someone else instead of attempting one on your own!
The evening ended with a number of extra touches; a rose, some sweet treats and an opportunity to get picutres taken with the Chef. Even the bill was presented beautifully in a lined box, and every effort was taken to ensure we had travel arrangments organised for our trip back to our hotel.
My personal favourite dishes of the evening was the Cauliflower Pannacotta served as an amuse-bouche and the Chicken and Mushroom dish served as one of the entrees. However, the handmade choclates served as petit-fours alongside the most amazing Kona Coffee (I just loved the coffee pot!) are definitley not to be missed!
The evening was a truly amazing experience and I would highly recommend a reservation at Victoria & Alberts to anyone. However, it is worth noting that guests under 10 aren’t allowed. Similarly, this is a true foodie experience – if you are a picky eater or don’t enjoy fine dining, Victoria & Alberts may not be to your tastes. While they go out of their way to ensure dietary requirements and preferences are catered for, you will still need to be somewhat flexibile on what you care to enjoy eating.