Day 4 – Eat Around The World | Part 7 | Halloween in the Wilderness 2015

Farm Fresh, Scotland, Hawaii, Desserts & Champagne, Brazil, Belgium at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival | La Cantina de San Angel (CS Lunch) | Le Cellier (Signature Dining) | IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

Continued from part 6…
October 26th, 2015

Our dinner reservation at Le Cellier was fast approaching, so we headed over there to check in. Turns out that they were running late, so we went and watched the 360° film, O Canada! We have seen this before, and whilst it looks fairly dated, it’s pretty awesome. I love the way it feels like you are almost flying over Canada, yet, you’re just standing their watching this film – fab. Had a look at the flowers in the Victoria Gardens which are inspired by the Butchart Gardens near Victoria, British Columbia.

We also, had a couple of photographs taken by a Disney PhotoPass Photographer, including a Magic Shot with Tink.

Victoria Gardens - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase

Victoria Gardens - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase

Victoria Gardens - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase

We then went to check in again at Le Cellier, and given one of those pager thingies, that buzzes and flashes when your table is ready. Once it gave the signal, we were shown to our table. The first thing that struck me about the restaurant was how dark it was… but given that it means the cellar, I guess that’s to be expected. It felt cosy and inviting, and we sat down at a table right near the rest rooms, which was very handy as I really needed to use them!!

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase

When it comes to the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan at a signature restaurant you are entitled to one appetizer, one entrée, one dessert and one non-alcoholic beverage per person (usually refillable) for two credits per person.

In our experience, at all Disney signature restaurants, you are given a bread basket when you are first seated at your table. Le Cellier was no exception, and despite having sampled several dishes during the day at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, we were actually all quite hungry.

The bread basket came with butter that was topped with sea salt, and brown maple sugar. The bread rolls were: sourdough, multigrain, and pretzel breadsticks. The pretzel sticks, the server told us, was because where the city they come from hosts the biggest Oktoberfest outside of Germany.

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase

Appetizers…

Me: Assortment of Artisanal Cheese – Chef’s Selection of Accompaniments ($15)

Him: Canadian Maple Whisky-Cured Salmon – Heirloom Radish, Orange Supremes, Caviar, Caper Cream, Everything Bagel Crumbs ($15)

The Boy: Charcuterie – Chef’s Handcrafted Meats, House Pickles, Grilled Sourdough Bread ($17)

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase - Assortment of Artisanal Cheese

My husband did do a few voice recordings of what we ate during our meals and what we thought. We also asked the server if we could record her telling us what each of the items were on both the cheese plate, and charcuterie, but I’m finding it hard to understand everything that she said!

Unlike other restaurants, where we’ve had this sort of thing before, we didn’t get a little card that tells us what each thing is. A shame, as I like to be as thorough as I can when describing everything. I’ve actually done some online sleuthing, trying to decipher some of the things she says. Actually, you know what, I’ll pop the audio over the photo, and you can help me figure it out!

On the artisanal cheese plate there was Reypenaer Gouda with a Fig-Almond Cake; Cheddar with Raisins; ??? with local raw honey; ??? with Marcona Almonds; Valdeon Blue Cheese with Cherry something, and some crostini to go with.

I am not a fan of blue cheese at all, so they got left on the side, the others were nice cheeses, and had an interesting set of accompaniments.

Steve really enjoyed his smoked salmon, which was full of flavour, and was nicely plated too.

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase - Canadian Maple Whisky-Cured Salmon

The Charcuterie came presented on a slate platter and included: Asian Style Sausage; Peameal Bacon with Maple Mustard Seed; Bacon Pork Sausage; Smoked Chorizo; ?? Cheese with Marcona Almonds; Grilled Sourdough; and Bread and Butter Pickles, that are grown at The Land in Epcot. I’ve also made a video to help with the name of the cheese!

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase - Charcuterie

 

Entrées…

Me: Le Cellier Filet Mignon – AAA Canadian Tenderloin, Mushroom risotto, Heirloom Toy Box Tomatoes, Truffle-Butter Sauce ($49)

Him: Seared Canadian Bison Strip Loin – Heirloom Carrots, Pease Pudding, Truffle Béarnaise Sauce ($50)

The Boy: Angus New York Strip – Garlic-Herb Rösti, Wilted Kale, Cabernet Butter ($49)

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase - Le Cellier Filet Mignon

Oh my gosh, my filet mignon was absolutely amazing, it tasted so good! The mushroom risotto was a bit too salty for my tastes, and very mushroom-y. But that steak though! Steve really enjoyed the bison, which was very tender. And Liam liked his steak too, which he had without the Cabernet butter. It was a big steak (no weights given on the menu) and I remember he couldn’t finish it all. I ended up having the kale from his plate, since he’s not a fan of the green veg!

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase - Seared Canadian Bison Strip Loin

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase - Angus New York Strip

Desserts…

Me: Maple Crème Brûlée – Description ($9)

Him: Chocolate Whisky Trifle – Malted Milk Panna Cotta, Caramel Popcorn, Whisky Caramel Sauce, Buttered Popcorn Gelato ($11)

The Boy: Nanaimo Pie – Chocolate Hazelnut Crust, Coconut Custard, Crème Anglaise ($11)

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase - Maple Crème Brûlée

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase - Chocolate Whisky Trifle

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase - Nanaimo Pie

Le Cellier - Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase - Nanaimo Pie

All of the desserts tasted very good, and a thumbs up all around from us. On the whole, we really enjoyed Le Cellier, and would choose to dine there again. I know it gets mixed reactions from diners, saying it’s not worth 2 points on the dining plan, and that it’s not as good as it used to be, but for us, we couldn’t find any fault with it at all.


Le Cellier Steakhouse

Bill Total: $247.06 (6 Credits) {Tip: $41.76}
DxDDP Running Totals: Bill: $465.09 | Credits: 12/126 | Tips: $71.69


After paying our bill, we walked out into World Showcase to find a spot for the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks, that would soon be starting. We did struggle as it was very busy, but managed to squeeze into a spot, with not a clear view, but one that was “good enough”. That will be coming in the concluding part of day 4!

Concluded in part 8…


Halloween In The Wilderness 2015:
Trip Report Index | Pre-Trip Planning Report | Highs, Not So Highs, and Lows
All the photos from this day can be found here | Florida 2015 photo collection on Flickr here