is the Beauty and the Beast overlay of Village Haus that, apparently, became a permanent prisoner of Disneyland Park because it shows no signs of being released. The overlay began in 2017 as a promo for the live-action Beauty and the Beast film released that year, and the French- and movie-inspired dishes gained popularity right away. (You can see our very first review of the quick service menu here!)
And now we’re back to enjoy items from the Taverne’s lunch and dinner menu. So put the lid back over your enchanted rose, and prepare to belt out some tunes: it’s time to eat.
The lunch and dinner menu at Red Rose Taverne has seen a few changes since our first visit over two years ago. The Forbidden Beast’s Burger was added when the Beast’s Burger (apparently not forbidden) was removed. And while the Slow-Cooked Beef Poutine has remained on the menu throughout, the flatbread version of this poutine was removed.
We tried two of the original menu items and Beast’s Forbidden Burger (because we like to live life on the edge!). And we had some Grey Stuff Gateau because it’s the law. 😉
The Garden Mozzarella Flatbread is a long-time resident of the Taverne’s menu, and we weren’t wowed by it when we tried it the first time. It came out cold back when the restaurant first opened, and that was off-putting. This time it was still warm, and the freshness came through.
Essentially this is caprese salad on a flatbread, so if you like that and want something that feels fairly light (cheese not withstanding) for an entree, this might work for you!
Beast’s Forbidden Burger had a lot more flavor than the flatbread, and we really enjoyed it! First, let’s just take a moment for those Pommes Frites. They’re topped with a little garlic and parsley, and they were a great addition to the dish!
The burger itself is protein-heavy, with wagyu (!!!) beef steak on top of an Angus Beef patty! Béarnaise Aïoli, Roasted Onions, and Pickled Peppers finish out the toppings. It’s all served on a sturdy toasted bun that manages to wrangle the components.
Overall, we liked this! The steak was unfortunately a bit tough, but the flavors carried through, and we enjoyed those. It’s a good quick service burger. But we are very sad to see wagyu beef that isn’t the star of the show.
The Slow-Cooked Beef Poutine was the biggest hit of the three, with thick-cut waffle fries loaded with beef, gravy, herbacious cheese curds, and pickled onions.
The toppings are the real stars here. Traditionally brown gravy and cheese curds are included in poutine, so we’re happy that the tradition stands in that respect. The herb-dressed cheese curds are a great interpretation, and the beef and gravy were savory and filling. Those pickled onions, though! What a refreshing contrast to the heavier components!
Beneath the toppings, the waffle fries were strong enough to handle the toppings, and it ate well as a result. Very satisfying dish.
Whether you enjoy a meal at Red Rose Taverne or not, stopping in for the Grey Stuff Gateau is a must. This is a shortbread round topped with a bit of red velvet cake that’s encased in swirls of cookies-and-cream mousse. It’s not expressly identical to Magic Kingdom’s Grey Stuff, but it’s delicious. (No, that reference is not played out.)
This is a fun treat that brings a smile simply for its beloved celebration in the movie, and thankfully, it’s also yummy!
Here’s a peek into the interior of the Grey Stuff Gateau from our first visit. You can see it’s really mostly mousse with a little bit of cake and raspberries, and we’re fine with that! 😉
Red Rose Taverne is the fun little overlay that could, and we’re glad the limited menu still features a good variety of dishes, including the vegan-friendly Enchanted Cauli-Flower Sandwich.
And we’ll be back because, well, we’re enchanted. And also hungry. But mostly enchanted.