We’ll revisit Be Our Guest Restaurant for a look at the menu changes and price increases.
Since I’ve spent a lot of time recounting the theme of the restaurant, I won’t reprise those details here. You can check out my original review here, which includes a look at the French Onion Soup, Salad Trio, Saison Dupont, Chimay Blue, Grilled Strip Steak, Shrimp and Scallops, Passion Fruit Cream Puff, and Chocolate Cupcake. Or a second visit with a look at the Potato Leek Soup, Assorted Cured Meats and Sausages, Thyme-scented Pork Rack Chop, Layered Ratatouille, Lemon Meringue Cupcake, Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake, Grey Stuff, and a visit with Beast.
I didn’t notice any changes to the restaurant’s decor. The ballroom remains a little cafeteria-y in my opinion.
The West Wing remains dark – darker than it looks here with my flash bouncing off the ceiling.
The Rose Gallery was completely walled off to guests. I had read Disney could use this room for large parties when demand was high, but Be Our Guest remains one of the most difficult reservations to secure. We’ll see what they do over the busy summer.
The original menu:
And the new menu:
While the items are the same, appetizer prices have gone up across the board by 50 cents to $1.50. Disney increased prices back in January.
Entree prices are also up $2 – $3 or about 15% since the restaurant opened. Dessert and Beverages prices remain the same.
Kids’ Picks. Disney continues to stick to their guns on the kids’ menu. No chicken nuggets or hamburger to be found.
Original Beer Menu:
New Beer Menu:
They’ve recently added a Kronenbourg Blanc and Castelain Blond Bierre de Garde. The Blanc is similar to the Hoegaarden, though the Blanc has more of a citrus kick with some coriander undertones. The Blanc is much rarer than the 1664, which is available at your local Total Wine in a six pack for around $9. The Castelain Blond is an excellent 6.4% “Beer for Keeping” and probably the best value on the list. An 11 ounce bottle would cost you around $6 at the store if you could find it. My personal preference is the Dupont.
Dinner is again avec Darcie and Tim, whom you may recognize from February’s Raglan Road review. They opted for a bottle of Lasseter Paysage. At $69, the markup is lower than most of the other wines. A bottle would run you $40 plus $22 shipping from their online store. According to the Lasseters:
“Winemaking is an art form to us, from the vineyard to the glass, and this philosophy inspired the name Paysage, a French word meaning ‘landscape painting’ or ‘countryside’, evoking fond memories of St. Emillion’s beautiful terrain and scenery and the blended wines made there. As our inaugural wine, it signifies the inspiration for Lasseter Family Winery. To us, this wine represents a painting of estate grapes nurtured on a rocky bench in the heart of Sonoma Valley and epitomizes how the family views different elements blended into a plein air painting, or in this case, blended into a Bordeaux-style wine. With intricate brushstrokes and meticulous blending, we crafted this wine along with our winemaker, Julia Iantosca, to reflect the French style.”
Yeah okay. It’s a blend of 42% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Malbec, and 2% Cabernet Franc. The smart wine reviewer would tell you it’s an intense wine with blackcurrant and plum notes that are brought out by 18 months of French oak aging. It tasted like wine to me. I have a John Lasseter signed bottle ready for corkage if anyone wants to come over.
Prior to arriving, I had spent about eight hours walking around in circles at Hollywood Studios for the first Friday of Star Wars Weekends and was terribly thirsty. We ended up being seated 26 minutes after our reservation time. With a group of 11, we were split up into a table for four and a table for eight nearby, but not within chatting distance. It may have been the thirst that made me annoyed by the fact that our server arrived and threw the drink napkins on the table in the exact same way they would at Whispering Canyon Cafe or 50′s Prime Time Cafe with a flick of the wrist from a ways back from the table. And it seemed to take an excruciating amount of time for the waters to actually come out. One other nitpick – bread didn’t come out until ten minutes after the appetizers arrived.
I started with the Potato Leek Soup, which is now 50 cents more expensive at $6.49 a bowl. That’s a pretty stiff price point for a fairly rudimentary soup that’s probably made in 50 gallon batches. It’s served hot and thick with a distinct potato flavor, but the relatively small bowl doesn’t come cheap. It still remains my favorite of the appetizers, but you can probably skip it on a budget.
Interested in the new Chicken Provencal, I went ahead and ordered it – Pan-seared and simmered in a rustic blend of Heirloom Tomatoes, Olives, White Wine, and fresh Herbs with Seasonal Vegetables and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes – 21.99. It was not actually on the menu and when I asked about a “new chicken dish,” the server mentioned that there were two chicken dishes on the menu, this Provencal and the Cornish Hen. He explained that the Provencal was being tested and he’d ask me what I thought at the conclusion of the meal.
With the poor lighting, the pictures aren’t great. It’s a large breast of chicken served over asparagus and fingerling potatoes. Most of the flavor seemed to come from the chili powder, cumin, and olives. The wine, combined with the tomatoes and chiles, made for a slightly spicy sauce that didn’t overpower the other flavors. I would have preferred a little more fire, but Disney is in the business of blander tasting food that is less likely to offend the chicken nugget and macaroni crowd. I enjoyed the dish and it’s likely one of the healthier options. The potatoes weren’t much to write home about – lukewarm and without much seasoning. The asparagus was better – slightly crunchy and rubbed in butter and salt.
Overall, I thought it was a filling, tasty, less expensive, and potentially healthier meal than the steak or shrimp/scallops.
Tim and his son Liam ordered the Sautéed Shrimp and Scallops with Seasonal Vegetables and Mushrooms served in Puff Pastry with a Creamy Lobster Sauce – 25.99. The menu now notes the mushrooms and the puff pastry is square instead of circular. Both of our tables had the same server. I found it interesting that he described the Shrimp and Scallops as the restaurant’s signature dish at our table and the steak as the restaurant’s signature dish at the other.
This is what the dish originally looked like back in December. It’s my favorite dish at Be Our Guest – creamy and full of saturated fat with a generous number of shrimp and scallops. My only complaint is the dryness of the pastry that’s cut out and placed on the side. I wish they would drizzle some sauce over it or something. It’s otherwise dry and nearly inedible on its own. Save some sauce for dipping.
Darcie ordered the Layered Ratatouille – Oven-baked Zucchini, Eggplant, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Caramelized Onions sliced and layered on Quinoa served with a Bell Pepper Sauce – Now $17.49. She wasn’t sure she’d enjoy it, but ended up loving it.
The Gluten-Free dessert option is sorbet – I believe raspberry or lemon. This is the raspberry served alongside fresh berries. They also have gluten free rolls available and the chef came out and discussed the gluten-free entree options. The Provencal wasn’t because of the light flour batter. On a hot summer day, ending the meal with a nice light sorbet may be preferable to one of the cupcakes or cream puffs.
Tim ordered the Passion Fruit Cream Puff. At $3.99, it’s a pretty painless way to end the meal with another 500 calories of something sweet – topped with cream and a fresh raspberry. He enjoyed it.
Liam’s Strawberry Cupcake – another favorite with a distinct strawberry flavor and creamy frosting on top.
And my Lemon Meringue Cupcake with a lemon custard filling inside of a vanilla spongecake. It had a sweet lemon flavor balanced nicely with the meringue topping.
Regardless of whether you’re planning to order dessert, it’s hard to say no when the cart rolls up. Keep that in mind.
As far as dining options inside Magic Kingdom, I don’t think you can do any better than Be Our Guest Restaurant. Your other options are the expensive Cinderella’s Royal Table and Crystal Palace or the lackluster-at-best Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. Be Our Guest’s ambiance is a lot of fun and you can take a picture with Beast at the conclusion of your meal. If you can’t score a reservation, head over to the podium at 4pm and put your name in on the standby list. Note that a restaurant opening at Disney World is not like a Krispy Kreme coming to your neighborhood. The “newness” and popularity that comes with it are not going to wear off anytime soon.
For lunch, the Steak Sandwich has been replaced with a “Carved Prime Chuck Roast Beef Sandwich.” I have not had an opportunity to try it, but word is that it’s similar to the “steak” version.
If dinner isn’t in the cards, the same soups and desserts are available for lunch for about $1 less.
I still recommend getting in line for lunch between 1:45pm and 2pm when lines will be shorter and you won’t be wasting precious morning touring time in line for lunch. This is 2pm during the busy 24-hour Monstrous Summer event on the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend. The line is still open for another few minutes and you’d only be waiting ten minutes to get inside and order. If you were to get in line at 10:15am, you’d be waiting 20 minutes to get inside when wait times are shorter at most attractions.
So that’s Be Our Guest Restaurant. Compared to your other options in the theme parks, you really can’t do much better on Disney property.