Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Teppan Edo: An Epcot Restaurant Review

Next up in my lineup of restaurant reviews is Teppan Edo. Located in the Japan section of Epcot, you'll want to check in outside and get your pager. Their pager works in the entire Japan section, so you'll have quite a bit to do while you wait. 

Once paged, you'll walk up a large set of cement stairs to the restaurant entrance. You'll be paged with the entire group of people who will be at your table. We have a local restaurant like Teppan Edo here, and they cram about 10-12 people at a grill. At Teppan Edo, there are 8 seats per grill, which gives everyone much more space. 

Once seated, a waitress (or team of two waitresses in our case) came to the table to get our drink orders, then brought us salads, soup for the kids and then beef rice. The salad was good, and typical of other Japanese teppenyaki restaurants I've been to. The soup they brought the kids was a miso soup and I thought it tasted like soap, but to each his own. The beef rice was DELISH! I loved it! I added some of the white sauce because I could drink that stuff, but Chris didn't and he still loved it. We placed our orders during this time and then the chef came out.

Our chef was fantastic. She started out with a oil Mickey. One major difference here is they don't light the grill on fire. All of the other similar restaurants I've been to do, so my kids were a little disappointed at that - but hey, they were at Disney for crying out loud. They'll live.  ;-)

Our chef was super friendly and funny and the kids loved her. Unlike most other grills (I feel like I keep saying that), the only things they cook live are the udon noodle/veggie mix and your meat. 

Sorry for the unattractive photo, but this was my dinner:

We were all pleased with the food. Although this didn't make our list of places to revisit, we did enjoy our dinner very much. Our table-mates were very friendly and had kids of similar ages, which was really nice.

The only thing I found lacking was their dessert options, but while you're in Epcot, there are so many other things you can go get! If you have the dining plan, you may as well use it to try something new, but if you don't like it, use your snack credits elsewhere for a great dessert. I'll share some of my favorites in another post.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Rose & Crown Review: An Epcot UK Restaurant

If you follow me on Instagram, or have followed my blog for awhile, you know I'm a HUGE fan of all things British. Chris and I are actually taking a trip to London and Scotland in a couple of months (I plan on blogging it). How I've made it four years without eating at the Rose and Crown in Epcot is beyond me, but we finally made it a reality!

If you have a reservation for the R&C, you check in outside and they'll give you a pager. I think we had ours for about 90 seconds before they buzzed us. 

From what I could see, there were two main dining rooms plus the pub area. We sat in this room:

And you walked through this one to get there. I probably would have requested this one had I known, but it really didn't matter. I just loved the roof. Very reminiscent of Hampton Court Palace.

We had lunch reservations, so I snagged a photo of the menu for you. You can always check the menus for all Disney restaurants on their website. 

This is a single table service credit restaurant for those of you who are on the dining plan. 

Brayden decided to be adventurous and have the children's banger and mash. A "banger" is their term for a sausage. I tasted it and it was really good!

Chris went with the corned beef and cabbage. He said it was alright, but not as good as my mom's.

Since we were there on a Sunday, they offered a "Sunday roast" which was not on the menu. This is very traditional in England - on Sunday they'll roast up a cut of meat, and serve it with vegetables and yorkshire pudding, which is like a popover that has deflated and is made with the drippings of the meat that is roasted. 

I opted for the Sunday roast as it was turkey. It came with roasted potatoes, yorkshire pudding, onion stuffing, peas and carrots and topped with gravy. It was spectacular!!

Since we were on the dining plan, and this was a table service restaurant, we got to choose a dessert. I went with the Jaffa Tart which had candied oranges with it. It was really good.

Chris had the sticky toffee pudding and loved it. I tasted it and it was delicious! 

If you're a bit of an anglophile, or just love good comfort food, I recommend trying out Rose and Crown. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food and can see ourselves going back again!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Raglan Road Review: A Disney Springs Restaurant

Every time we visit Disney, we try to eat somewhere new. We have our old standbys, family favorites that we have to eat at every time, but this year, we added a few new restaurants, including Raglan Road.

Raglan Road is located in Disney Springs (which is awesome, by the way). If you're on the Disney Dining Plan, you can eat here for one table service credit each. They also have a quick service restaurant called Cookes of Dublin, though we didn't eat there.

The inside of this place is so, so cool!! From the moment we walked in, we knew we'd found something special! There's a stage on the far right of the photo below, and a small, single person stage  below the left center chandelier. 

They have Irish singers and dancers, and they even picked a few kids to join them on stage. If you know my kids in real life, you'll know who ran up there and who stayed at the table. ;-) I'll give you a hint; Brody's nickname is Crazy (or Trouble...just depends on the day).

They bring Irish soda bread to the table to start along with a beer and oil dip. Chris liked the oil but the kids and I requested butter. The soda bread was so good!

For dinner, Chris had fish and chips. While it was very good, he prefers the fish and chips at Epcot in the UK. I had braised beef and it was outstanding. I loved the presentation!

Since we were on the dining plan, we also received dessert. I had the flourless chocolate cake. It was good but not great. I only took two or three bites, but in fairness I was pretty full from my entree.

Chris had the peach and apple crumble. It's totally not my thing, so I didn't even try it, but he said it was just okay. If you were paying out of pocket I would recommend skipping dessert here and instead getting something from Sprinkles Cupcakes or the Ghiradelli ice cream shop.

Overall, we will definitely be going back to Raglan Road. It has earned a place on our favorites list because it's just so cool! They have a bar that was directly behind our table that they brought over from Ireland and it's 195 years old! The food was pretty good, though not our favorite, but the atmosphere is what makes this place!

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