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posted on April 21st, 2010 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


We found it.

We were indulged with an evening of divine tastes and plenty of pampering when we booked a table at the new Queen Victoria’s Room at Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
We started our dinner with a flute of Champagne paired with four little bites: a soft poached quail egg with Galilee Caviar, popcorn-crusted Gulf shrimp, smoked salmon panna cotta with salmon caviar and crispy buffalo mozzarella.

That was just the “amuse-bouche,” or pre-dinner taste of Chef Scott Hunnel’s delicious creations. We relaxed and savored nine more courses, from cold-smoked Niman Ranch lamb with Fuji apple and curry dressing to a single stalk of beautiful white Holland asparagus, buttery Japanese Wagyu beef and a slice of Minnesaota elk tenderloin.
Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
But the Queen Victoria’s Room is about so much more than the feast. Behind closed doors, it different from V&A’s elegant main dining room; the staff under the direction of maitre d’ Israel Perez expertly revives the European art of tableside finishes for each dish. King salmon was cooked tableside on heated pink Himalayan salt rock. Our server toasted miniature croutons for salads in each diner’s choice of imported olive oils and fine salts. Every single dish got some sort of delicious last-minute finish before our eyes.

With just four tables, you’re encouraged to savor each bite – and even to take a walk around the Grand Floridian between dinner and dessert if you choose. (This is not an evening for the impatient.) And, oh, that grand finale. Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek creates art with sugar, like our light-as-air macaroons with green apple mousse.

The restaurant has a new website, www.victoria-alberts.com. Cost for dining in the Queen Victoria’s Room is $200; add brilliant wine pairings for $95. For reservations, call 407-939-3862. A jacket is required for men. Valet parking is complimentary — and you car will be waiting at evening’s end.

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Kristin from VA on April 21st, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Absolutely wonderful! The atmosphere, dining experience and of course the food. My husband and I dined at Victoria and Albert’s for our 10 year anniversary in Dec 1996. Started the evening with a personalized menu which included well wishes for our anniversary. We were lucky enough to be dining next to Regis Philbin who graciously talked with us and also wished us a happy anniversary. We ended our dinner with the very best coffee brewed in front us, another dining experience not soon to be forgotten. We will be visiting again in Oct for my birthday and I am counting down the days.

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Iris from MI on April 21st, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I am drooling. This will be on my list in November

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liz from ON on April 21st, 2010 at 2:50 pm

was there in 2006 with son and daughter-in-law was a wonderful experience that we still talk about
nice touch with a red rose for each girl and really nice personalized menu after dinner was done.

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Heidi on April 21st, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I love Victoria and Albert’s. I hope to be going back very soon. It is a very special meal when you are lucky enough to go.

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Marcel on April 21st, 2010 at 3:24 pm

It might be delicious!

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Heidi from NB on April 27th, 2010 at 9:09 am

Disney Dining at it’s best! Highly recommended!

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Michael on May 8th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Victoria and Albert’s is probably THE BEST dining experience ever! Prices not for the faint-of-heart…but worth it at any price!

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