When Ale & Compass Restaurant opened at Walt Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort last November, it received mixed reviews. The nautical and sparse decor appealed to some but made others feel the space was too stuffy.
The menus raised some eyebrows, with self-proclaimed New England-style options not appealing to, well, New Englanders. We gave it a bit of a tepid review for dinner, and we heard from lots of readers who missed the former Captain’s Grille breakfast buffet.
For one of those contentious topics, Ale & Compass offers a solution. A breakfast buffet is now available! (And we were told that it was due to popular demand from guests. So see? Sometimes your requests do make it all the way to the top!)
And the price is actually OK on this one!
For $23, diners can access the buffet and ALSO select one entree from the new morning menu! Entrees include an American Breakfast, Dark Chocolate Waffles (!!), and a Breakfast Flatbread. There are a few healthy options, too, like an Egg White Omelet and a Breakfast Protein Bowl.
The full buffet is available to every diner in addition to the entree. Buffet options are standard fare, with fruit, pastries, and oatmeal. There’s also charcuterie and yummy Parker House Rolls.
Drinks are plentiful. Coffee, tea, juice, and soft drinks are included. If you’re on DDP, we expect you could select a smoothie or cocktail as part of your meal entitlement.
The buffet itself is pristine, and while it’s laid out in a single line, we had no trouble with crowding during our visit. Diners can even catch a glimpse of the hearth (where those flatbreads are baked) and food prep.
There are several fresh fruit options, including whole oranges and apples. Two types of yogurt are served in small mason jars.
Bagels and English Muffins (not pictured) are also available, alongside balls of butter.
There are several cheeses from which to choose, as well as some grapes and raisins.
The charcuterie includes four varieties of meats, which rest beside smoked salmon and its accompaniments. There’s also smoked trout dip.
There are tasty cinnamon rolls and shiny biscuits, which may be accompanied by gravy.
Gravy is served in a giant cast iron pot. And Parker House Rolls are a nice addition.
Oatmeal is kept warm in a cast iron pot as well.
Aside from the sugary cinnamon rolls, there are several other pastries. Options include muffins, croissants, and danishes.
With all of those options plus an entree, there’s pretty much no way anyone could leave hungry at Ale & Compass Restaurant. We’re thrilled that the buffet option has returned because our first breakfast visit — when the restaurant initially opened last fall — was pretty lackluster in comparison to the Captain’s Grille buffet we’d loved for years.
And while this buffet might not be as exciting as CG, it’s a good option if you’re staying in the general vicinity of the Yacht Club Resort and want a large morning meal. Is it worth a trip from elsewhere in the World? Probably not, but we wouldn’t blame you if you came from afar just for the Dark Chocolate Waffles alone. 😉
Want to see more from Ale & Compass Restaurant? Check out our very first visit here!
Are you happy to see a buffet return to this dining spot? Let us know what you think in the comments!