Please welcome back DFB author Wendy Pugh-Hummel with a review of Halloween at Be Our Guest Restaurant!
It’s time to dine once again with the Beast in his Castle for dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!
Even though Be Our Guest will celebrate its first birthday next month, it’s still fun to take in the sight of the Ballroom (especially for that hard-to-snag Advance Dining Reservation!).
No matter where you’re seated, you should definitely take a minute to stroll a bit and take in all of the amazing detail. Now it is, of course, October -– the month of ghouls, goblins, and all things foreboding — so it seemed somehow fitting when our party was placed in the West Wing, the only room that was off-limits to Belle in Beauty and the Beast.
This room is darker than the others, with dark tapestries and ornate seating.
Fans of the movie will remember that this is where the Beast’s Enchanted Rose resides. Guests can watch the rose slowly losing its petals throughout their meal!
I love some of the touches unique to dinner at Be Our Guest, from therose-shaped napkins to the soft bread rolls.
I hadn’t dined at Be Our Guest for dinner since last year, so I was excited to experience one of the more recent menu offerings!
I typically notice just one or two entrees on a menu and make an easy choice (“What’s made of beef? I’ll have that, please!”). But this time I had a hard time choosing.
I was intrigued by both the Thyme-Scented Pork Rack Chop, and the Layered Ratatouille, but ultimately chose the Chicken Breast Provençal.
Perhaps the other dishes were great as well, but I was definitely pleased with my choice. The skin-on chicken was a wonderfully fresh, hearty portion, but the real standout was the rich, flavorful herb and wine sauce. The Roasted Fingerling Potatoes were a perfect accompaniment – simple, but delicious.
My friend chose this beauty: the Sautéed Shrimp and Scallops, served in a Puff Pastry.
We were informed this dish is Belle’s favorite, by the way :).
As delicious as dinner was (and I’m happy to say it really was), there is just something about seeing that dessert cart rolling towards you, beckoning you to select one of the cupcakes or cream puffs.
Umm… did I say, “select ONE?” Scratch that… we’re throwing that silly dessert rule straight out the Beast’s window because there are two Halloween-specific treats in that cart on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights: the Chocolate and Blood Orange Cream Puff and the Poisoned Caramel Apple Cupcake!
The Chocolate and Blood Orange Cream Puff arrives topped with a chocolate spider web and whipped cream.
You won’t detect the presence of blood orange until you dig in.
The flavors here were quite different from what I’d anticipated. The chocolate puff was surprisingly not sweet at all. It really had more of a pure cocoa taste to it, prior to the addition of the sugars. The cream in the center was both sweet and citrusy, and there was PLENTY of it! I’m not one who enjoys the combination of fruit and chocolate, but if you favor it, you’re in luck here.
The Poisoned Caramel Apple Cupcake is a gem of a thing to look at: periwinkle blue icing gives way to iridescent red and purple poison. Perched atop is a chocolate Witch’s Hat.
The base is vanilla cake (the icing is vanilla as well), and there are no surprise fillings to be found inside. Instead, the twist here is proudly displayed upon arrival: a dollop of caramelized apples topping the icing, which lends a nice bit of tartness to the very (very) sweet cupcake.
Still itching to get your hands on the Grey Stuff? You can now – no special celebration required! You can try it via the Grey Stuff Cupcake, or it comes on top of a brownie directly from the cart (this item is not exclusive to Halloween).
This was my second dinner visit to Be Our Guest Restaurant. The surroundings remain stunning even for return visits, and I have to say that my recent meal topped my first experience. Plus, the Beast himself stopped by!
He was available to greet guests and pose for pictures after the meal (a Cast Member can lead you to the greeting spot).
From the meal to the expanded desserts, to the presence of the Beast himself, I feel as though what was already a truly memorable dining experience has been even further enhanced. Lumiere and Mrs. Potts would be proud :).
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Have you dined at Be Our Guest recently? Tells us your thoughts and/or experiences with the new dishes!