We visited Raglan Road again recently as we hadn't been there since June of 2013 for a Tables in Wonderland Special event. When you eat at as many places as we do time flies between visits to some restaurants. While it seems we were just there not that long ago almost 6 years has passed.
The last time we were here it was for a Tables in Wonderland special event titled "The Summer Solstice Signature Dining Experience with Chef Kevin Dundon". (Tables in Wonderland is a special discount card you can purchase each year that gets you 20% off food and drinks. It's offered for annual pass holders and Florida residents only) It was a five course menu paired with wines or beers. The menu that evening was diverse and very enjoyable. I distinctly remember having my very first raw oyster at this meal that was splashed with champagne. This was paired with a Guinness Black Velvet which is Guinness dark beer mixed with champagne. One of the standout dishes that evening. I don't have the menu from this evening so I cannot share all that we ate that night. But I do remember it was a very enjoyable meal.
As you approach Raglan Road there are lots of things to see outside the building. Outside to the left of the building is an open air bar with live music.
If you walk into the main lobby you will see a separate queue for the outdoor seating on the patio.
The marquee for who's performing is on a tent sign just outside of Raglan Road.
This bronze statue of Poet and Novelist Patrick Kavanagh sits outside Ragland Road is the only replica of John Coll's 1991 statue that sits alongside the Grand Canal on Mespil Road in Dublin, Ireland. Patrick Kavanagh, is best known for the song "On Raglan Road". The hat next to him is strategically placed so that you cannot sit next to him for photos. Also if you happen to be here in the summertime I wouldn't suggest trying to sit on his lap. It's very very hot.
To the right in the main lobby you will find the souvenir store relating to all things Irish.
On the back side of the menu are Drinks.
I started on the back because Hubby ordered the Cream of the Crop beer flight. That consisted of four of the Raglan Road Signature Beers. Bloomsday Pale Ale, Tri Wishes Grand Irish Red Ale, Blagger Organic Blonde Lager, and King of Shoals NE Style IPA were his choices.
The front of the menu of course is the food.
We were first served a bread service, this photo only shows one slice, there were actually two. One for each of us. But someone couldn't wait for me to take a photo. I wonder who that was. The bread was served with a dipping oil that we first thought was olive oil and balsamic vinegar which seemed like an odd choice. But when I asked the server she explained that the dipping oil was olive oil and a reduction of Guinness Stout Beer with honey. That made so much more sense and it was a bit sweet to go with the bread which was on the sweeter side.
Hubby ordered the Bangin' Bangers & Mighty Mash. Which was a Guinness and Onion Bangers (sausage) on mashed potatoes with a traditional onion gravy. He enjoyed this dish very much.
I chose the Chef's Favorite Heavenly Ham, it's described as Irish mist glazed loin of bacon with savoy cabbage, colcannon potatoes, parsley cream sauce and raisin cider jus. For me the ham was a bit dry but still had great flavor. Colcannon potatoes is an Irish dish of mashed potatoes mixed with greens and scallions and lots of butter and cream. What's not to love about that? The parsley cream sauce was great paired with all of the elements of this dish and the raisin cider jus did add some needed moisture to the ham with a touch of sweetness.
This was the dessert menu on this day.
We chose the Ger's Bread and Butter Pudding. It's served with a cream angleise sauce (think of the mix you use to make ice cream before it's frozen) and a caramel sauce. We dug a hole in the middle of the bread pudding to add the sauces and this dessert was wonderful. It's a healthy portion and even the two of us couldn't finish it after a full meal. So some went home with us that was enjoyed the next day.
On this day there were dancers performing in the main dining room that when they weren't performing would come around to the tables and offer to teach the children how to dance.
All in all Raglan Road is a great Restaurant. We've enjoyed it every time we've visited.
I did locate one recipe in the Disney Cookbooks for Raglan Road.
Page 170 is the recipe for the Bread and Butter Pudding.
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