Guest Review: The Steakhouse in the Disney Village at Disneyland Paris

Join me in welcoming guest author Lottie Linter with a review of The Steakhouse in the Disney Village at Disneyland Paris!

Unlike Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney, the Disney Village at Disneyland Paris is where you’ll find most of the table service options at the resort. This is because the parks in Paris close very early (around 6 or 7PM) out of peak season, and not everybody wants to sit down to eat at 5:30PM, especially in Europe! We prefer to eat later, so we booked a table at The Steakhouse for 8PM on a Monday evening.

Atmosphere

From the outside, the restaurant looks a little non-descript, and with the enticing Planet Hollywood, Rainforest Café, and Annette’s Diner drawing in people nearby, it’s easy to overlook this place if you only walk through the main thoroughfare of the village. In fact having visited Disneyland Paris seven times previously, I didn’t even notice this restaurant until I was a Cast Member there a few years ago!

The entrance takes up just a small strip of the Disney Village facades, but once you are inside and down a short corridor lined with dark wooden paneling and a wine fridge, the restaurant opens out into an absolutely huge warehouse complete with a large conservatory area.

The entrance to the restaurant

Exterior of The Steakhouse

The entrance corridor, taken from the bar

The entrance corridor, taken from the bar

After checking in, you can wait at the old-fashioned bar and have a pre-dinner drink, but as we were visiting out of season the restaurant wasn’t full and we were shown straight to our table.

The spacious bar area

The spacious bar area

The dining room is very impressive, and is themed around the Chicago meat markets during the prohibition era. There are black and white photographs all over the walls of who I can only assume were supposed to be wealthy meat-traders, or market owners – it’s not immediately clear, but I do think they add something quirky to the décor.

Some of the black and white pictures on the walls

Some of the black and white pictures on the walls

One of the big walls is vintage-style painted brickwork, but it has been made to look like they pulled down the plaster from a more modern steak restaurant to discover the old meat warehouse underneath. The conservatory area has black and white tiled floors and looks towards Lake Disney, McDonald’s, and the building that houses the Rainforest Café.

The huge exposed wall along one side of the restaurant

The huge exposed wall along one side of the restaurant

This slightly raised part of the restaurant with booths only opens at busier times

This slightly raised part of the restaurant with booths only opens at busier times

The conservatory area

The conservatory area

We were pleased to be seated in the main warehouse area, and although our particular two-top was quite close to the one next to us, in general the rest of the tables seemed to be quite nicely spaced.

At busier times they also have live jazz playing in this restaurant, which I imagine would really take the atmosphere up a notch, but tonight we just had the sounds of the hustle and bustle in the dining room. If there was any music, we couldn’t hear it!

Cool light fixtures in the main dining room

Cool light fixtures in the main dining room

Eats

In France, they tend to eat from prix-fixe menus – these are often made up of a select number of options from the à la carte menu but priced at a discount. The Steakhouse is no different, and offered up [Read more…]

Guest Review: Yak & Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Join us in saying “Jambo” to Guest Reviewer Katie Roth! In this review, Katie takes us to Yak & Yeti in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Until my recent trip, the only restaurant that I had dined in at Animal Kingdom was Rainforest Café – I decided to go out on a limb here and try something new.

As most of you know, when you get your “staple” restaurants at Disney World, it is really hard to throw something new in the mix; so it was tough for us to try Yak and Yeti!

Atmosphere

In my opinion the restaurant is easy to miss. Okay, sure – the building is purple, but in the colorful Asia area of Animal Kingdom EVERYTHING is colorful. Once you do find it and step into the unassuming building, you are transported to something that (we thought) felt like it was straight out of an Indiana Jones movie.

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Dining Area

Beautifully themed

The building is adorned with dark, worn woods and accented with unique lanterns, trinkets, and treasures from old Asia.

Unique lighting!

Decor at Yak & Yeti!

Through the dim lighting, we decided on some [Read more…]

Review: Yak and Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Luckily, I recently got to attend a business meeting at Yak and Yeti in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

I haven’t been there in a while, but I’m pleased to report that this location is still offering great eats for those who want a bit more than pizza and chicken nuggets for their theme park dining.

You’ll find this spot in the park’s “Asia” area, near Kali River Rapids. The decor and backstory are a blast, and it’s well worth wandering around the restaurant a bit to take in all of the imagineering detail after your meal.

Atmosphere

The desire to stand and stare, taking in every detail, begins before you ever enter the Yak and Yeti. The striking purple building beckons you to come in and discover more.

Yak and Yeti Outside

Once inside, you start to peel back the layers of the restaurant’s backstory. In a nutshell, a wealthy merchant from Anandapur, Arjun, has fallen on hard times. As a result, he’s turned his regal home into a fine hotel and restaurant. You are his honored guests!

The Story behind the Yak and Yeti

Throughout Arjun’s extensive [Read more…]