The Grand Floridian Cafe Review - Walt Disney World - June 25, 2019
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Recently we dined at the Grand Floridian Cafe. This restaurant is located on the first floor of the Grand Floridian hotel near the back entrance.
If you've never been inside this hotel, you really should visit it. It's a spectacular hotel both inside and out. The Fresh flowers placed in the lobby always amaze me.
On this particular day the hotels were exhibiting their chocolate creations. We noticed two of them, one was inside the waiting area of 1900 Park Fare, which is a character dining experience also on the first floor of the hotel. And yes this is 100% chocolate.
And we found another one just inside the side entrance from the splash pool. Both of these chocolate masterpieces are just unbelievable.
Not to mention the splash pool at this resort. It's pretty spectacular in its own way. With it's mad hatter theme.
If you are feeling like you might want to go fishing on any particular day, Disney does have catch and release fishing excursions. Some of which are based out of the Grand Floridian hotel.
You can fish for the following types of fish.
We happened to see the Sea Ray Grand 1 Yacht in it's slip on this day. This is rentable for day and evening excursions. The Grand 1 Yacht was slipped next to the Sea Raycer boats that are rentable. These use to be referred to as Water Mice and are a two seat little bitty boat.
Also in their slips were the Sun Tracker Pontoon boats that are rentable and will hold up to 10 people.
Now on to the food portion of this post.
The Grand Floridian Cafe is a decently large restaurant open to lots of windows on the back of the resort.
Tables are set very quaintly with your own little vase.
Today's menu is different than the one that we have from the last time we were here which was 2014 when we had lunch there with hubby's family. The first time I was there with my sisters for a birthday lunch in 2012. First I'll post the older menu then the one from this visit. Originally this was mainly a lunch cafe as the menu shows.
With the back side of the menu being the drinks menu.
Today they have what they refer to as Blunch, not Brunch, Blunch.
From this side of the menu hubby chose the Lobster "Thermidor" Burger. It's an Artisanal 7 ounce Burger topped with Lobster-Parmesean Thermidor sauce on a seared Brioche Bun with Cafe Signature seasoned French Fries. Oh my this was outstanding. I had a bite of it as I had my own big blunch to eat, and it was absolutely spectacular. The lobster is butter poached and perfectly cooked and pairs nicely with the umami (umami is one of the tastes like salty, or sweet, umami is savory) flavor of the beef.
I opted for my favorite breakfast choice. I am a Benedict girl through and through and they had what appeared to be my died and gone to heaven choice on the menu today. A Benedict Flight. WHAT??? Can it be so? It sure was. Come near my plate and your hand will be slapped for sure. This is a no sharing plate in my book.
The flight includes from left to right. The Spicy Chorizo Benedict which is a poached egg, toasted English muffin, fresh chorizo sausage, bell pepper relish and hollandaise sauce. This one was a wonderful departure from a traditional Benedict. The chorizo was medium spicy and paired well with all of the accompaniments.
The middle one is a Lobster Benedict served with a poached egg, toasted English muffin, lobster, asparagus and hollandaise sauce. Once again I'm reminded of the Lobster Benedict that use to be served at the Narcoosee Brunch that is no longer offered. It's a butter poached lobster and perfectly cooked. This was a great seafood option for breakfast for sure. You can see from the photo that the lobster was spilling out over the muffin and was plentiful. The eggs on all three were cooked to perfection as well.
The final one on the right of my plate was a traditional Eggs Benedict. It is a poached egg, toasted English muffin, Canadian Bacon and Hollandaise. This was a superb offering of a traditional eggs Benedict.
The whole dish was served with a marinated tomato salad that was a nice tang to go with the rest of the heaviness of the Hollandaise. All in all if I could only eat one thing the rest of my life it would probably be this dish.
The back side of the menu is still the Drinks menu.
Today they also had a separate dessert menu.
From this menu we chose the Neapolitan Cheesecake. It was served in pure Grand Floridian style. To be honest the layers reminded me more of mousse than cheesecake but it was scrumptious just the same. We didn't leave a morsel behind.
The back of the dessert menu is the dessert drinks.
This truly is a great place to eat, especially if you are looking for Blunch. We highly recommend this restaurant any time you are in the Grand Floridian or just want to make a day trip to a very fantastic hotel.
If you happen to have any of the Disney Cookbooks you'll find the following recipes from this restaurant in these books.
- Page 14 - Sunrise
- Page 37 - Cheese, Leek and Onion Bisque
- Page 74 - Chicken, Tuna, Egg Salad Medley
- Page 96 - Sun Coast Fresh Fruit Plate
- Page 102 - Country Frittata
- Page 106 - New York Frittata
- Page 111 - Vegetable Frittata
- Page 158 - Chicken Breast Florentine
- Page 132 - Shrimp and Prosciutto Penne Pasta
- Page 103 - Shrimp and Grits
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