OK, so when I was living in Switzerland, one of my go-to meals was a baguette with butter and ham from the local patisserie. It was just awesome in its simplicity and fresh ingredients. And cheap, to boot!
So I was excited to see the Jambon Buerre — which basically means ham and butter — baguette keep its spot at the new Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles in Epcot’s France Pavilion.
The pastries and bakery items available in the France Pavilion have been some of the most beloved food items of Disney fans for a loooooong time. Earlier this year, when the original (tiny!) Patisserie Boulangerie was replaced with an expanded space, reviews were mixed.
We’ve sampled many of the offerings here in our previous review. Today, we’re stopping to see if the new counter service spot is still faithful to one of my favorite French on-the-go meals.
Jambon Beurre at Les Halles
Walk through the gift shop and past the small seating area to get to the heart of Les Halles. There, you’ll find a square room with cordoned lines in the middle. The food cases line three sides of the space, and a dozen or so cast members await the chance to help you make your selections.
Electronic menus on flatscreens above the cases show you what’s available. I love the menus here, and how everything is in French with the English translation off to the side. It’s a great way to brush up on your grammar while you wait!
Keep in mind that other boards list pastry specialties and drink options. This board lists only the savory, “meal-type” options.
The selections are laid out in the cases for you to see before you choose them. Even though items are refrigerated, CMs will ask you if you if you’d like many of the items warmed. The answer is usually yes!
But on this visit, we were after a cold classic: the Jambon Beurre.
Normally, a jambon beurre is made up of a demi-baguette spread with softened butter and ham.
Les Halles’ version actually adds Dijon mustard to the butter, as well as Gruyère cheese.
This is one of the simplest sandwiches you can imagine. But it’s also one of the best. I love the richness of unsalted butter in place of a different condiment like mustard or mayo. And the ham they use seems to be thicker cut than usual deli ham, and of good quality.
And even though they take a few liberties and stretch what would normally be called a jambon beurre if you were in a bakery in France, this one is pretty authentic and fabulous. The addition of Gruyère is always an excellent choice in my opinion. The nutty cheese has as strong flavor — almost a sweet/bitter palate — that many people really enjoy (including me!). Paired up with the flavorful ham, fresh baguette, and butter, it’s a win all around.
So, if you, like me, can’t get to Paris, but you can swing a trip to Epcot, I heartily recommend a trip to Les Halles for a simple lunch.
Is Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles a regular stop for you? Leave a comment and tell us what’s on your must have list here!