Guest author Sarah Holodick has once again brought us some incredible info and a great review! Here’re her thoughts and photos from a recent lunch at Le Cellier — along with pics of the new menus and new menu items! Take it away, Sarah!
Back in May, yes MAY, I booked a lunch at Le Cellier for Matt and myself on October 23rd. Comparing it to the dinner I had there about a week prior, there was no contest; lunch was MUCH better. We had a 12:20 reservation and checked in just after noon. There were fairly heavy crowds that day – here is the line for the Ireland Food & Wine Festival kiosk to give you an idea:
Needless to say, I’m glad we didn’t have to navigate a lunch throughout the kiosks this day. And no, we didn’t order the cheese soup, either! Here are both the Lunch and Dinner Menus as of October 23rd:
In preparation for our lunch, we had been ogling online menus deciding what we wanted to eat. There had been a prime rib sandwich Matt was looking forward to, but alas, it was no more when we arrived. I had been craving a good burger since I had a very sub-par one earlier in the week at Big River, so I knew that was what I was going to order.
We had also been looking forward to the poutine since AJ had mentioned that Le Cellier was possibly changing it to be more authentic (http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2010/06/06/two-le-cellier-meals-one-day-it-can-be-done/). Alas, this was not the case…
In retrospect, I should have asked how it was prepared before ordering it. I’ll be honest in saying that these were certainly not the highlight of the meal, and I love fries in gravy. In fact, they pretty much just sat there the entire time. The fries were not very crisp, and although they tasted okay, I’d eaten better fries at Cosmic Ray’s dipped in plastic cheese sauce the night before. Our entrees, however, were a much happier story!
As previously mentioned, Matt was bummed that the Shaved Prime Rib Sandwich was no more, but he moved past that and decided on the Open-faced Canadian Cheese Steak Sandwich.
The steak came with Sautéed Onions and Peppers and a Boursin Cream Sauce. Although he seemed a little apprehensive (“what, no Whiz?!”), it turned out to be an excellent decision. I had a taste, and I would certainly consider ordering it for myself on a future visit. Since we had ordered the Poutine as a side, we chose the option of Potato Salad with our meals instead of fries. It was a vinegar based salad (apple cider variety, as it tasted), which I prefer to mayonnaise based concoctions. We were both happy we chose this option.
For myself, I had that burger I had been craving.
The Le Cellier House Burger came with Maple Barbecue, Black Diamond Cheddar, and Crispy Onions. What they didn’t list on the outside menu was that the burger also comes with pancetta! Yes, a salty, crispy piece of pancetta instead of standard bacon. It had sautéed mushrooms on it as well.
Note the red strips intermingled with the onions – those were red peppers prepared like the onions. It was the best burger I’ve had in a long time: very flavorful with just the right amount of accouterments. After eating half of it, I had to forgo the remaining bread and just tackle the center. I couldn’t say that about the burger from Big River…
Now, I forgot to mention the bread assortment that was served, and I neglected to take a picture. We were given one each of Multigrain, Sourdough, and the infamous Pretzel breadsticks. When presented with the question of which bread was our favorite so we could have more brought to us, I quickly replied that it was the pretzel bread, but that additional was unnecessary as we didn’t want to fill up on it. Well, after our meal, we were brought two additional pretzel breadsticks wrapped up for us to snack on later!
Overall, we had a great experience, and I personally recommend the lunch option over dinner. While there is a different menu between them, I felt the overall value was found in lunch. For the price, I would much rather have dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse or California Grill.
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