Eating at an amusement park is usually expensive. Then there’s this Michelin-starred Disney World restaurant

Eating at an amusement park is usually expensive. Then there’s this Michelin-starred Disney World restaurant
Eating at an amusement park is usually expensive. Then there’s this Michelin-starred Disney World restaurant
  • Victoria & Albert’s is one of the restaurants at Disney World and just won a Michelin star

  • The most expensive menu costs $425 and does not include food pairings.

Going to an amusement park is synonymous with spending money. Not only for the entrance, but for everything that surrounds the park experience: shows, gifts, souvenirs and, above all, food. It is true that nothing prevents you from carrying some choped sandwiches in your backpack, but when we talk about parks like Disneyland… well, let’s see, things as they are: some restaurants are worth a visit even if it is just to live the experience, see Ratatouille or the Avengers at Disneyland Paris.

Eating at the former costs between 30 and 55 euros, depending on how complete the menu is. For example, for 40 euros we have a starter and main course. In the second (which, by the way, is impressive), the adult pays 45 euros and the child, 25 euros. It is buffet style. It’s not cheap, as things are, but it has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the most expensive restaurant in a Disney park.

One that just got a Michelin star.

Victoria & Albert’s | Image: Disney

Victoria & Albert’s. That is the name of this Disney restaurant that is located, of course, at Walt Disney World Resort, aka Disney World or “Orlando’s Disney Park.” It is a restaurant designed to make us feel like Prince Albert and Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, with the difference that, perhaps, we do not have such a fat wallet. The restaurant is described as follows:

“Victoria & Albert’s is home to sophisticated dining spaces with sparkling chandelier crystals, Victorian-inspired murals, delicate embroidery, intricate lace details and other stylish touches at every turn.”

Awards. Instead of having ranch food, burgers or dogs, at Victoria & Albert’s we find a menu that has been worthy of the AAA Five Diamond awards since 2000, the Forbes Travel Guide Five Stars since 2018, the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator and the Florida Trend Golden Spoon. Oh yes, and a Michelin star. At the helm is chef Matthew Sowers, who has been cooking at this restaurant for almost 20 years and has trained at Le Cordon Bleu.

Victoria & Albert’s Dish | Image: Disney

And what do you eat here? Let’s better start with the drink, a good pairing always pleases. On the one hand, Israel Pérez, the Maître d’Hôtel, offers us a wide variety of more than 500 wines from 35 regions, some of them from the beginning of the 20th century. The normal thing: a ride on Big Thunder Mountain and then a 1910 vintage wine while we listen to the harp in the company of no more than eight people per pass.

No, seriously, what do you eat? In this restaurant we have a couple of experiences, but the most interesting is called The Chef’s Table, a tasting menu with several courses, lasting three hours and a more interactive format with the chef. The price of the menu is 425 dollars per head to which we have to add 210 dollars per person for the pairing. The program menu is as follows:

  • Amuse-Bouche: black cod cured with citrus and imperial caviar.
  • Galilee Osetra Caviar: with traditional garnishes.
  • Seared duck breast with farro and Asian pears.
  • New Zealand Prawn: with pickled daikon and avocado.
  • John Dory: with lemon poppy seed ravioli.
  • Wild turbot: with toasted capers and preserved lemon.
  • Marcho Farms Beef: with black truffles.
  • Lamb loin: with barley porridge and compressed quince.
  • Australian Kobe-style beef: with roasted garlic potatoes.
  • Selection of cheeses from the market.
  • Green apple with sour cream ice cream.
  • Peruvian chocolate with orange milk chocolate gelato.
  • Joffrey’s Sulawesi Island coffee, tea and sweets.

Dish at Victoria & Albert’s | Image: Disney

To consider. The first thing is that you have to reserve 180 days in advance, which is no small feat. On the other hand, there is a dress code, since “Victoria & Albert’s is an exquisite, intimate luxury dining experience and the culinary jewel in the crown of Walt Disney World Resort,” so “customers are expected to dress accordingly.” with semi-formal/formal attire that respects the restaurant’s elegant and opulent aesthetic.” Come on, you have to be handsome. As for age, ten years at least.

And what is the most expensive restaurant in the world? Well, it’s a Spanish restaurant and it’s called Sublimotion. Located in Ibiza and directed by chef Paco Roncero, this restaurant opens its doors every night to only 12 guests willing to pay the 1,650 euros that the menu costs.

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