After visiting the Guerlain boutique, we headed to Les Chefs de France in the French Pavilion at Epcot. You foodies who frequent the park already knew about it. Last year, we didn’t have a chance to try it so it was scheduled for this year’s trip to Walt Disney World.
Now, if you have been around for any length of time, it is no secret that I love French food and French cooking. From homemade beef and onions in beer sauce to Coq au Vin, my favorite simmered beef stew to the copper pots I had shipped from the famous cooking store E. Dehillerin in Paris, there is nothing better in culinary life than enjoying a meal that has taken four to six hours to prepare, perfectly marinated, simmered, spiced, and served.
[mainbodyad]The family and I enjoy the entire process; the food preparation itself is just as wonderful as the final product, especially during autumn and winter, when you can put on music, have the fireplace roaring, and spend time in the kitchen knowing that your home soon will be filled with the sound of loved ones, kids running around, and games. I don’t consider it work at all if my grandmother is visiting to spend an hour making a corn chowder, just so she and I can sit on the upper balcony and watch the water roll through the forest behind my house. If you are going to bake or cook, you might as well reach a level of mastery. Otherwise, what is the point?
That means the bar is often set high. I was not expecting anything great from a theme park when it came to French cooking, especially considering that Les Chefs de France was a one point restaurant on the Disney Dining Plan (one point meals are more casual than two point meals, which are things such as The California Grill). I should have known better, especially since Epcot fills each area of the global pavilion with foreigners from the respective countries, all visiting on a one-year visa. Les Chefs de France is a French restaurant, staffed by French citizens temporarily living in the United States and working for the Walt Disney Company, and cooked by French chefs. To call it a theme park restaurant is unfair. It is a French restaurant that happens to be in a theme park. Obviously, it is not a French equivalent of Victoria & Albert’s, by any means, but it is still so good that I cancelled another lunch reservation a few days from now so we can eat here again.
On to the pictures of food. A majority of our group wanted to eat at the restaurant in the aquarium instead of French cuisine (I know … really, I … I know) so Aaron, my mom, and I broke off until two of my friends from college caught up with us and sat at the adjacent table so in all there were five dining. That is why the pictures are not perfectly consistent – I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of everything they ordered, as well as what came to the little cafe table where I dined.
The fresh baguettes that were served before the meal was the best bread in the park. I didn’t get a picture of it.
If you are at Walt Disney World and feel like a classic French dish, served without a lot of pretense and in a comfortable environment with friendly people, Les Chefs de France is the perfect fit.
Oh! And there was another reason to love the France Pavilion in Epcot. The coffee machines are the same Douwe Egberts model I had installed at the office!
Such a great day thus far. I need to head over to the Italy Pavilion to check out the Acqua di Parma fragrance selection.