The Masterpiece Kitchen moves into the log cabin in Canada for this year’s Festival of the Arts. It was closer to Rose & Crown last year. BREAKING, I know.
The food offerings are virtually identical in price and description to last year. It’s unfortunate that, unlike virtually every other food item at the Festival, none of these are included as snack credits on the Disney Dining Plan. I’m not sure why that would be as you’re able to use snack credits for items like the $12 Salmon in Italy, $9 Spiced Beef in Morocco, ~$11 Tacos in Mexico, etc. So it doesn’t seem like price is the concern, though the Charcuterie is the most expensive food item at the Festival.
Smoked Salmon Tartare, Caviar, Crisp Lavash and Traditional Accompaniments – $12
The impressive tower of accompaniments is far too much to go along with just a couple of bites of the tartare and I’m not sure anybody necessarily wants to just take bites of a red onion and egg mixture, but the salmon was mixed with a nice assortment of spices and was appropriately raw. Those looking for some crunch could spoon some of the salmon and accompaniments on the thin, crispy lavash. Just a dollop of caviar is included and it’s unlikely to be the good stuff, but it does offer a slight burst of salty sea. Overall, it ended up being about $5 more than I wanted to pay, but smoked salmon and caviar aren’t necessarily cheap. But in this reviewer’s opinion, it didn’t do anything unique enough to demand a purchase and salmon is plentiful at the Festival. Quite good if you ignore the price though.
Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction – $9
You know that feeling when you first take a bite of something and instinctively your eyes start bulging out of your head as you wave your fork and point down at the dish with a big smile? The dish is out-of-this-world good. The risotto is cooked to a perfect al dente and the creaminess of the rice and broth will warm even the coldest of hearts. It’s a really nice shaved parmesan on top though the truffle shavings probably add more to the price of the dish than the flavor profile.
Overall, nine bucks is a tough price to swallow for a small cup, but like I’ve mentioned before, I rate these sorts of things on how mad I am after consuming the entire experience. And I wasn’t mad at all at this risotto, even as I stood outside in the rain eating it. It’s that good.
Charcuterie Palette served with Artisan Cured Meats and Cheeses, Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Beef – $14
These were taking forever to come out of the Studio as every item was freshly sliced and plated inside the Studio. It was appreciated, but we “literally” stood there for 15 minutes waiting for it to be ready as the impending rain inched closer. I had to rush my Sweet Potato Mousse over to the Odyssey Building to escape it. Tough times indeed.
I was impressed by the quality and flavor of nearly everything presented. It’s not life-altering and standing next to a garbage can while plunking pâté into your mouth while standing up outside might not be the best atmosphere to enjoy the nuances of fine cheese, but it’s a fun tray of flavors to mix and match.
Triple Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Sauce and Gold Leaf from our Master Pastry Chef – $9.25
Ooooooooooooooooooooooh boy are we in business with the $9.25 Triple Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Sauce and Gold Leaf from Disney’s Master Pastry Chef.
This is so creamy, so chocolate-y, so indulgent that it’s almost unbelievable. There’s some nuance in the three varieties stacked on top of each other under a crunchy chocolate base. The edible gold leaf adds a touch of metallic glimmering class to the dish as it’s delicately sprinkled over the top and then off to the side as a bit of a garnish. It’s my favorite dessert at the Festival.
Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Brut Champagne – $29
The champagne has gone up more than 100% year-over-year after somebody probably figured out that they were serving glasses of a $140/bottle of champagne for $12. Or maybe money isn’t worth anything anymore with Bitcoin taking over. Now it’s $29, which puts it in Dom P territory. I like the traditional champagne a lot and it’s easily the best wine served at the Festival with a crisp acidity backed up by a nice mineral presence. But you’re paying for that presence.
Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist – $9.25
The good times continue with the $9.25 Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist, which was one of the better cocktails served at the Festival. Instead of being dispensed from a jug or other container, cast were actively shaking the drinks, which are a blend of Courvoisier/Cointreau/Lemon Juice fresh inside the Marketplace. The “chocolate twist” is literally a white chocolate twist and is a fun accompaniment. Anyone that enjoys a stiff drink will enjoy this and the only opportunity to do better is the Pomegranate Mule inside the Odyssey building.
The Meeker Vineyard Winemakers’ Handprint Merlot – $9.50
The novelty of the Meeker wine is perhaps in the painting of the exterior of the bottle, but if you are in the market for a red wine to enjoy with your charcuterie, risotto, or other item, then this would certainly do the job and it’s a better value than the majority of the wines that are usually offered at Epcot by the glass.
Overall, The Masterpiece Kitchen lives up to its name with several of our favorites being found here. You will spend a bit more for the opportunity, but I think it’s worth it. I really want another of those risottos.