Friday, July 6, 2012

New Fantasyland Update: Chef of Be Our Guest Reveals the Menu

As we get closer and closer to the opening of more sections in the New Fantasyland (Storybook Circus began opening back in March and completed twith the second Flying Dumbo taking to the air a couple weeks ago) we are finding out more great details about the upcoming attractions.  One of the attractions I'm most excited to see is the Be Our Guest restaurant, that will be located in Beast's Castle and will encompass three separate dining areas... the ballroom, gallery, and mysterious West Wing of the castle.

The restaurant, along with Gaston’s Tavern, Maurice’s Cottage containing Enchanted Tales with Belle, and Bonjour Village Gifts all have scheduled opening dates around the holiday season this year.  Guests can expect to be able to start making advanced reservations for Be Our Guest by late August.  However I have heard some rumblings, and take this strictly as a rumor, about a possible soft opening as early as late July. 

Chef Michael Deardorff, who has been at the head of Disney kitchens for 25 years, most recently as part of the opening of the restaurants at Aulani, Disney’s Hawaiian resort .  Now he has returned to open the Beauty and the Beast inspired Be Our Guest.

The menu will include both counter-service (for lunch) and table-service (for dinner).  iPad like touch-screen terminals (similar to the ones at Contempo Cafe and Pecos Bill) make ordering a quick and painless.  You order, take your seat and have your lunch delivered right to your table, on REAL flatware, none of that throw away stuff.

As far as the actual food goes, well Chef Deardorff has put it quite simply, "It'll be just like your favorite quick-service restaurants across the Magic Kingdom, you’ll be able to enjoy sandwiches and salads at Be Our Guest Restaurant for lunch, but all with a twist that transports you to the French setting of 'Beauty and the Beast.'"  Deardorff also added, "We think guests will be pleasantly surprised with the menu and the value."

I've included the full menus, at least all of the menus that have been made public.  But it wouldn't surprise me if there's a surprise or two that they hold back.

Tuna Niçoise salad
Croque Monsieur sandwich with carved ham, Gruyere cheese, béchamel and pommes frites (French fries)
Carved turkey on a warm baguette with Dijon mayonnaise
Grilled steak sandwich with garlic butter spread
Braised pork
Vegetable quiche
Quinoa, shallot and chive salad.

Charcuterie plate with cured meats and sausages, mussels steamed in white wine
French onion soup
Potato leek soup
Salad with champagne vinaigrette
Salad trio with three mini tastes of roasted beet, raisins and orange; green beans, tomatoes and roasted shallots; and watermelon, radish and mint.

Thyme-scented pork rack chop with au gratin pasta
Rotisserie rock hen with roasted fingerling potatoes
Pan-seared salmon in leek fondue
Grilled strip steak with pommes frites
Sautéed shrimp and scallops with veggies in puff pastry with creamy lobster sauce
Oven-baked ratatouille

Cupcakes – Strawberry cream cheese or Triple chocolate
Chocolate cream puff and a Passion fruit cream puff.

Carved turkey sandwich
Roasted pulled pork
Mickey meatloaf
Seared mahi mahi
Whole-grain macaroni topped with marinara and mozzarella

Grilled steak
Grilled fish of the day
Whole-grain macaroni

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