We celebrated our anniversary on Friday night with dinner at Victoria & Albert's. It is a AAA Five Diamond restaurant at….. Walt Disney World. Yes folks, I was at the Grand Floridian Hotel, which is gorgeous, for 3 hours, eating amazing food. I do not consider myself a foodie. Don't get me wrong: I love food. Despite being a very picky eater as a child, I now love food of many sorts, and my most favorite food of all time is a cheeseburger. Specifically, with american cheese on a fresh roll. What can I say? I am a midwesterner at heart.
But let me tell you, this was once in a lifetime (so far at least) and also incredible. It was a 6 course meal and we also added the wine pairing, with a half-glass per course. Our waiters, however, gave us each at least one glass per course, thus resulting in a particularly long meal. (I am not complaining) As an added 'cute' component, our waiters (Jack and Sherry) also happened to be married! They were adorable and very knowledgable with the food and wine and all that jazz. The entire restaurant is impressive, and as an added touch, menus are custom and include your name and the date, along with a plethora of foods. After dessert, the ladies are given a long stemmed red rose.
Throughout the meal, I convinced Michael to take photos with his phone, even though Emily Post would probably be rolling over in her grave. Sorry, EP, but if you would have seen this food, you would understand. Below, some visual highlights.
Amuse Bouche with (from top right) prosciutto melon 'gazpacho*', crab salad with cream, jerk shrimp, ahi tuna in ginger sauce
*They didn't say gazpacho. I forget what Jack said. It was soup-esque and cold, hence, gazpacho
Diver Scallop with Braised Fennel
Roasted Alaskan Sablefish with Arugula Pudding
Duck Breast, Duck Sausage and Confit with Strawberry Rhubarb Puree
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Tortellini
Niman Ranch Lamb with Candied Marble Potatoes and English Peas
Kurobuta Pork Tenderloin and Belly with Verjus-Bacon Vinaigrette
Flora Nelle, 24 month Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gouda and Southern Belle Chevre
Coffee service was presented in a fantastic steaming Bill Nye type science pot. It was tasty. I don't even LIKE coffee
Grand Marnier Souffle
Tanzanie Chocolate Pyramid with Champagne-Chambord Truffle
Then I got my rose. As if this was not enough, they also handed us breakfast bread to enjoy the following morning. They probably should really give you a slim-fast or a piece of celery. Can anyone say DETOX? We actually wandered around for awhile, enjoying the scenery (we could see Cinderella's Castle from the boat dock, but the photos don't do it justice) But even the walk was too much to handle.
This restaurant is not for sissies.