Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian is back — with a major facelift for the dining room and a menu that features purveyors from around the globe: Iberico ham, Royal Belgian caviar, Danish hiramasa, Australian toothfish, Amish chicken, and Japanese wagyu. Now, this is world class! Already a winner of the AAA Five Diamond (since 2000) and Forbes Five Star, those Michelin stars can’t be far behind.
Victoria & Alberts at Disney’s Grand Floridian
Lavish? Absolutely. Worth the $375 prix fixe “Chef’s Degustation Menu” and another $200 for wine pairings? Yes and yes. So what’s different from the “old” Victoria & Albert’s? Well, there’s a new chef at the helm: Chef Matthew Sowers. The dining room and adjacent Queen Victoria Room are lighter and brighter in shades of ivory and taupe, and the servers are in snazzy black and white. The Chef’s Table in the kitchen is all new too, and now seats just six guests. It all feels so much more modern. And with chichi water pairings and mocktails plus a plant-based menu, Victoria & Albert’s has come of age. But we’re happy to see Maitre d’hotel Israel Perez is back, and Pastry Chef Kristine Farmer, there since Day One.
Our experience, was, well, flawless. Could we top the first bite — an “éclair” with miso caramel topped with Cinco Jotas Iberico ham (from free range pigs in the meadows of southwest Spain)? What followed was the loveliest small bites of the best of the best: a velvety cauliflower panna cotta topped with a generous dollop of Royal Belgian caviar rivaled that ham; buttery hiramasa (yellowtail kingfish); wild turbot in a sublime butter sauce; toothfish (Chilean sea bass) with bold Asian flavors; tender chicken with bold black truffles; lamb with pickled blueberries and violet mustard; indulgent A5 Japanese wagyu with a tiny stack of potato rosti; a perfect bite of cheese and fruit, then dessert in four courses, starting with honey elderflower ice cream and ending with a tiny pavlova. Service flows like the harpist’s strings (she’s back to entertain).
Reservations go fast! Book at Victoria & Albert’s page on DisneyWorld.com or call 407-939-3862.