Thursday, February 10, 2011

Coral Reef, A Unique Dining Experience

Photo from Google Images via Flikr 
Coral Reef

Location: The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion, Epcot
Cusine: Seafood 

Lunch & Dinner
Expereince: Dining Event

Disney Dining Plan accepted

Tucked away in the Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion, lies a romantic restaurant where you can dine in one of the most unique atmospheres on Walt Disney World property. From dim lighting to the 8 foot tall aquariums, your unique dining experience begins from the moment you step foot in Epcot's Coral Reef restaurant.

The Ambiance....

Tranquil shades of blue and green greet you when you enter the Coral Reef. The dining theme is "under the sea" as you dine with Nemo & Friends in front of 8 foot high windows which offer stunning views of the Living Seas.  The seating is tiered to allow all patrons to view the aquarium equally. So sit back relax and enjoy your unique dining experience.

Photo from via Google Images 

The Eats....

Before your food arrives your server will bring out warm rolls and whipped butter. We always ask for seconds on the is oh so yummy!!! While my family takes full advantage of the Disney Dining Plan this means that we do not order anything that would veer from the plan, that is unless we are eating at Coral Reef. We just LOVE the Lobster Cream soup!! In my opinion it is a must do on every Disney trip!! On our most recent trip to WDW, my 6 year old son shared with the waiter how much he loves the soup and that he has waited all year to have it. So when the waiter returned with Logan's cup of soup, attached to the bowl was the recipe, you have to love the pixie dust!!!

Some recommendations from my family and I:

Roasted Scottish Salmon - with Russian fingerling potatoes and wilted spinach, in a Dijon cream with black mustard seed.

Mushroom Phyllo Crisp - roasted mushrooms, wilted Arugula, aged cheeses, rustic tomato ragout.

Grilled New York Strip Steak - served with horseradish smashed potatoes, and market fresh vegetables.

If you are traveling with little ones they will enjoy a choice of chicken, macaroni or fish of the day. My middle son enjoyed the Mahi Mahi. The meal would not be complete without an ice cream sundae…yummy!!!

Would you like a sweet treat?

The best part of dinner at Disney is always the dessert! Coral Reef has some decadent dessert options that are sure to please just about anyone. 

Baileys and Jack Daniel's Mousse - topped with a ganache and chocolate cigar.

One of the most famous desserts on WDW property is.....

The Chocolate Wave- A warm dark cake with a white chocolate grand marnier center with chocolate gnache and white chocolate ice cream.

Chocolate Wave Photo from Google Images 

While many reviews of Coral Reef are mixed I do have to say that each and every time I personally have dinned there, we have had a wonderful experience.  While in all honesty I would not put the food up there at a 10, I would say the food deserves a solid 7. As for Disney experience and service a 9.  

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See ya real soon!

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