This week, I’m doing a series of reviews of my dining experiences at Walt Disney World this summer. You can read my first review of Bongo’s Cuban Cafe here!
The second night, after an eventful day riding the triple mountain whammy at Magic Kingdom, and walking around the world (showcase), we stopped at Le Cellier, the Canadian steakhouse, for dinner. Canada and France were the only two countries we had yet to eat in, so we were excited to knock this one off the list. Pre-dairy allergy, I absolutely could not wait to come here because of the artisanal cheeses (including housemade goat cheese) and the maple creme brulee. Creme brulee and goat cheese used to be two of my favorite foods, so I was sad I had to miss out on those.
Le Cellier was the first Disney restaurant I’ve eaten at that has a separate “allergy menu” for customers. This was a nice resource, but it didn’t separate out items by specific allergen, which made it a bit hard to read. Also, many of the gluten-free menu items were not dairy-free, and/or peanut-free as well, so my options were a bit limited. When the chef came out, he was able to explain how some unsafe dishes could be prepared so that I could eat them, which was nice. I ended up going with the salmon, which was paired with beet and crab risotto. The chef offered to make the risotto without dairy, and was kind enough to throw in some vegetables as well!
The salmon was great. It was cooked perfectly, and the crust had some kind of yummy seasoning on it that made it a deliciously crispy addition to the meat of the fish. I also really enjoyed the risotto. I love beets, which is honestly part of the reason I chose that dish (I have a habit of picking meals based on side options ha). I couldn’t actually taste the crab meat in the risotto, so I’m not sure if he left that out, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. My favorite part of the meal, however, were the vegetables that came on the side. It was a simple side dish of green beans and cauliflower sauteed with garlic and olive oil. And the cauliflower was purple and green! I’ve always wanted to try colored cauliflower, plus it made the meal prettier. #priorities
Overall, I enjoyed my meal at Le Cellier. The food was wonderfully prepared, and the chef was very helpful. I was a little disappointed that there were fewer options for me than at other Disney restaurants, BUT I totally understand that it can be hard to cater to customers with several allergies, and I think did a fantastic job with what I ordered.
Stay tuned for more Disney restaurant reviews this week!