There have been some exciting developments in the world of Disney dining this week! Chefs de France, which has remained closed since EPCOT reopened in July, started to show some signs of life on its website page, hinting that it may be preparing to welcome guests back! Signs now point to a potential early October opening, although reservations are still unavailable as of this writing and we have yet to hear an official announcement.
As the restaurant prepares to reopen, we CAN announce that we noticed some MAJOR cutbacks to their menu. Once Chefs de France reopens, there will only be a fraction of appetizers, entrees, and desserts to order for lunch and dinner.
Starting off with appetizers, we were relieved to see that the Escargot and French Onion Soup are STILL on the menu.
Other appetizers, however, weren’t as lucky. A la Flamme Alsacienne (Alsace specialty Flatbread), Tartare de Saumon Légèrement Fumé (Tartare of raw salmon), Salade aux Lardons et Croutons (House greens salad), Bisque de Homard (Lobster bisque), and Assiette Campagnarde (Charcuterie) have all been REMOVED from the appetizer menu for both lunch and dinner.
Moving on to Entrees, we once again saw massive cutbacks in the menu’s offerings. The lunch and dinner menu has been whittled down to four entree options: Filet de Saumon (Salmon), Salade du Chef au Poulet (Chicken salad), Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef braised in Cabernet), and Filet de Boeuf Grillé (Grilled tenderloin).
All of the remaining entrees have been REMOVED from Chef de France’s menu. This includes Lasagnes de Légumes du Soleil à L’huile D’olive au Thym (Vegetable Lasagna), Salade Niçoise (Salad with Ahi tuna), Assiette du Pécheur (Seared monkfish, shrimp, and cod fish), Filets de Truite Grenobloise (Seared trout filet), Poulet Fermier à la Lyonnaise (Lyon-style roasted chicken), Canard à L’orange (Seared duck), Jarret de Porc Braisé (Braised Berkshire pork shank), Gratin de Macaroni (Macaroni Baked), and Steak aux Échalottes (Grilled flat iron steak).
Unfortunately, there were a number of cutbacks in the dessert menu, too. The good news is that the Crème Brûlée, Tarte au Chocolat, and Salade de Fruits Rouges à la Menthe WILL all be available when the restaurant reopens.
The remaining desserts from Chefs de France have sadly been CUT from the menu. This includes Cygne Profiterole au Chocolat (Swan Cream Puff), Tarte aux Pommes (Apple Tart), Meringue aux Fruits Rouges (Meringue Basket), and Assiette de Sorbets du Jour (Daily assortment of Fresh Sorbets).
The Kids’ Menu has also changed slightly ahead of Chefs de France’s reopening. The Pâtes au Jambon et Fromage (Pasta with Ham) was removed from the Kids’ Entree selections, and the Dessert menu was updated by REMOVING Choix de Glace ou Sorbert (Ice Cream or Sorbet), Biscuit au Chocolat (Chocolate Chip Cookie), and Yaourt aux Fruits Rouge (Lowfat Yogurt) and ADDING Mousse au Chocolate (Chocolate Mousse) and Tarte aux Fraises (Strawberry Tart).
At this time, we don’t know how long this limited menu will be around, but Chefs de France is, unfortunately, another example of Disney World cutting back on their table service menus during its phased reopening. Hopefully, some of our favorite appetizers, entrees, and desserts will be back before we know it! Bon Appétit!
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Will you dine at Chefs de France with this limited menu? Or will you wait and see if and when certain menu items are added back? Let us know in the comments!