Disney World Dining Favorites: Finding Romance at Chefs de France

Les Chefs de France at the France Pavilion at Epcotphoto via http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorenjavier/5024393420/

It’s Valentine’s Day and despite what you may think, there are a number of restaurants at Walt Disney World that are the perfect place to celebrate a romantic evening with your Valentine. One of my favorites is Chefs de France. I took my not-very-adventurous honey here and we loved both the food and the atmosphere.

The evening that we visited, we arrived just before eight for our dining reservation and were seated almost immediately.  While we were not seated against the front windows we were in the next row of tables.  We had a beautiful view of World Showcase and I was hoping to see some of Illuminations.

Our very French waiter was right there to bring us water, bread, menus and get our drink order. We looked over the menu and took in our surroundings.  I wish I had a picture of hubby’s face when he looked at the menu and saw it was in French.  For those of us who don’t speak French, the “sub-titles” below the French wording was very helpful.

We started with a wonderful glass of wine – merlot for me and chardonnay for him.   That confused our waiter who is used to the chardonnay being for the woman.  We had a little laugh about that!  Hubby was more than happy to let me doing the ordering and I choose the French imported cheese plate for an appetizer. It was a perfect match with the warm bread and our wine.  We were not in a big hurry that evening and it felt great to enjoy the ambiance of our surroundings and to just sit and talk.

I gave hubby a couple of options, I thought he would enjoy.  He decided on beef short ribs braised in Cabernet.  The ribs were done to perfection and easily cut with his fork.  The taste he said was “out-of-this-World”, so a definite hit!  He thoroughly enjoyed it – I stopped him just shy of licking the plate!  Even though the mashed potatoes did not have gravy (southern style), hubby said they were quite flavorful and really liked them.

I had the duck breast and leg confit with green beans and polenta.  YUM!  It was absolutely incredible, just a hint of orange in the sauce.  The green beans were definitely not your southern green beans!  They were not limp but still cooked throughout, just the way I love them.  The polenta was tasty and a good addition.

I think we passed on desert, since neither of us are big sweets fans.  We did however, get a relaxing cup of coffee while watching Illuminations.  Dimming the lights around World Showcase, gave us a dark background with the fireworks taking center stage….it was perfectly romantic!

Service was absolutely wonderful.  The bread was plentiful and our glasses were never empty.  The servings were just the right size and were plenty, leaving us very satisfied. While I thoroughly enjoyed it, one of the best parts was listening to our waiter!  Everyone in each country is working a two-year tour here, which adds to the authenticity.  At first glance the tables seem close together, but once seated, it is comfortable and you are transported into your own little bistro with your own private waiter.

I do recommend Chefs de France for your next trip to the World, especially if you are looking for a romantic evening.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.

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