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ehagerty 01-13-2009 06:21 PM

Victoria & Albert's - Picture Trip Report
 
This may take awhile, after all there are 6-8 courses (depending on how you count) and 3 diners.

Background: DH and I have been here twice, both in the 1990's (someone else was paying). I recall it being elegant and nice, but either they have raised the bar, or my appreciation has improved (or both), because this was WOW (well worth it). This dinner was Mom, DS(20) and DS(18) - no special event, just thought:
(a) they were old enough to appreciate it
(b) it is on the DDE list
(c) I had some Visa rewards to spend
(d) we were looking for something "new" to try (for DSs) and
(e) it had been awhile (1997).

Summary: WOW. I have to admit, I cook, I eat, I enjoy wine. I am willing to spend money on food, but I do consider the cost (value-for-the-dollar) in my decisions. I can be happy with a really good can of beans. I can appreciate a bite-sized morsel created from 16 ingredients, 8 steps, and hours of time. I considered V&A a "once a decade" experience, based on price. I will be thinking hard about how to justify returning in September with DH. 'Nuff with the words. Here are the pictures.....
For those who may not already be aware, there are other nights to this story..
Night #1 - Victoria & Alberts - Picture Trip Report (January, 2009) - THIS REPORT
Night #2 - Victoria & Albert - A Once-in-a-Decade Dinner, for the second time in 2009 (May, 2009)
Night #3 - Victoria & Albert - My Dining Scheherazade (September, 2009)
Night #4 - Victoria & Albert - Dining Scheherazade Night #4 - "Table for One" (October, 2009)
Night #5 - Victoria & Albert - Dining Scheherazade Night #5 - "Table for One - Again" 23 FEB 10 (February, 2010)
Night #6&7 - Victoria & Albert - Dining Scheherazade Night #6&7 - "I could die happy, and I am only 20" (May 2010) (February, 2010)

ehagerty 01-13-2009 06:48 PM

Amuse Bouche
 
Wine Pairings - I thought, since I was going out on a financial limb anyway, why not try the wine pairings. I presumed they would be small (like Artist Point, or Brown Derby - on ounce or so per tasting). I was pleasantly surprised to have 6 full (normal portion, not "to the brim") glasses of wine. For $60, that works out to $10/glass - pretty reasonable at most Disney restaurants - really reasonable for the quality of what they were pouring here.

The bad news - my sons are not old enough to help out - and I typically only have a couple of glasses of wine a week, IF I am cooking with it - a relative lightweight.

The good news - one of said sober sons has a driver's license to drive us back to All Stars Sports (well, we were moving to WLV the next day, but conserve our DVC points on Fri/Sat nights). Yes, you heard me correctly - ASSp. Poor security guard at GF when he read the parking permit on the dash of the rental PT Cruiser (only car choice available to me with Avis/Priceline - was OK, though). He recovered quickly and politely noted that valet is complimentary for V&A patrons.

Oh, yes - the FOOD.

Amuse Bouche - there is no description from the menu, but I think I recall most of the items - I will make up my own descriptions...

The Amuse Bouch plate consisted on 4 sections, each containing a bite-sized tidbit of seafood, one plate per person....

Exquisitely tender morsel of lobster in butter....

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Teeny-tiny, scrumptious crab cake

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World's smallest, perfectly-formed salmon roll

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Lobster Bisque with cream foam

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Wine Pairing - Gosset Excellence Brut, Ay NV



Summary: Our mouths were definitely entertained, our tastebuds tickled.....




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BriarRosie 01-13-2009 10:53 PM

I know I just posted my own review of V&A, but I wanted what you had! :laughing:

jeminni 01-14-2009 05:07 AM

That looks so delicious :goodvibes

KristiMc 01-14-2009 05:13 AM

My DH and I ate there in October and loved it. Looking forward to your review.

w-family 01-14-2009 10:59 AM

Ok, I am hooked, I am ready for the next installment. My husband and I are cannont wait to go there some day. Right now it is a pipe dream, since we have three very small children . . . But i can live through you!:goodvibes

MickeyNicki 01-14-2009 11:19 AM

Ooh this looks very interesting!

kabuki 01-14-2009 01:25 PM

Your photos are always nothing but amazing!

engle 01-14-2009 01:36 PM

I almost liked the cup of lobster bisque when I had it in October. Dh reminded me that it isn't good manners!!

TinkerBelle_325 01-14-2009 02:15 PM

Loving your review! I almost licked the screen when I saw that lobster amuse!

How did I nor realize that V&A's is on DDE??? That would save my family about $140! Even with the mandatory 18% tip! Oh this is interesting...I think I might have to talk to my DDad...He has been interested in trying V&A for quite some time.

Here's my math...

$125/person + $60/person for Food & Wine

$185/person

TOTAL (pre-tax) $555

TIP (18%) $100

TOTAL (with tax & tip) $691

With DDE $148/person

TOTAL (pre-tax) $444

TIP (18%) $80

TOTAL (with tax & tip) $550

SAVINGS $140!

Considering that we dont way to do Party for the Senses this year, which was $135/head this past year, $148 at V&A with wine tastings isn't that dramatically different. Hmm...the possibilities :thumbsup2

SmallWorld71 01-14-2009 04:52 PM

Yeah! I love V & A reviews although I've yet to try it. Oh, and for what it's worth, I love ASSports. :rotfl:

ehagerty 01-14-2009 05:16 PM

Various replies
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by BriarRosie (Post 29659534)
I know I just posted my own review of V&A, but I wanted what you had! :laughing:

I look forward to reading it!

Quote:

Originally Posted by w-family (Post 29666533)
Ok, I am hooked, I am ready for the next installment. My husband and I are cannot wait to go there some day. Right now it is a pipe dream, since we have three very small children . . . But i can live through you!:goodvibes

We've been going to WDW since 1989 - and this is the first time we planned and paid to do this. It is worth the wait. It is also worth salting away a small sum a week with the intention of splurging in a few years!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by kabuki (Post 29669975)
Your photos are always nothing but amazing!

Thank you.

Quote:

Originally Posted by engle (Post 29670236)
I almost liked the cup of lobster bisque when I had it in October. Dh reminded me that it isn't good manners!!

I'm pretty sure my sons used the french bread to remove all trace of residue from the cup!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by TinkerBelle_325 (Post 29671241)
Loving your review! I almost licked the screen when I saw that lobster amuse!

How did I nor realize that V&A's is on DDE??? That would save my family about $140! Even with the mandatory 18% tip! Oh this is interesting...I think I might have to talk to my DDad...He has been interested in trying V&A for quite some time.

V&A on DDE - pretty nice, hmmm? I think your math and logic are impeccable. Who can resist it? As I often explain (with spreadsheets in hand) - well, its not so much that we SAVE - I'd like to think we just get really good value for the dollar.......

I'll be back, and it won't be next decade, either.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SmallWorld71 (Post 29674612)
Yeah! I love V & A reviews although I've yet to try it. Oh, and for what it's worth, I love ASSports. :rotfl:

I don't mind ASSp, and I appreciate staying on Disney grounds for a reasonable price. I'd be fibbing if I said I loved it, though. I do, however, love the Wilderness Lodge. DVC, 1992 - best investment I ever made - and the only one appreciating in value and generating revenue......

glasslipper 01-14-2009 05:33 PM

I am so on board for this review!!!:thumbsup2

ehagerty 01-14-2009 07:20 PM

Bread & Butter
 
There were 3 duets of bread and butter between courses.

French Bread and something-special butter. This might have been the butter created by an artisan in Vermont who sells their entire inventory to Disney. Butter, perfect. Bread, perfect. Crisp crust, airy, steamy, and briefly moist when cracked open. I didn't take any notes (thought the menu would suffice for reference). Guess I'll have to do more research in September.....

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Truffle bread, truffle butter - unique and delicious. You can tell from this picture that I was falling behind on the consumption of my wine pairings!

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The whole wheat - or oat - bread, also very good, eluded being photographed somehow.....


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ehagerty 01-14-2009 07:44 PM

The next course......
 
These "courses" do not have a name - we'll just go in menu order.....

At this point, the DSs are getting acclimated to have every crumb removed between each course, having a new napkin after each foray to the restroom, and listening to subdued harp music.


Sesame Crusted Big Eye Tuna with Tat Soi Salad and Tamari Honey Foam
(Wine Pairing = Marcel Deiss Pinot Blanc Bergheim, Alsace 2005)

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Plate / Presentation

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*** OR ***

Dungeness Crab Cannelloni with Baby Greens, Radishes and Italian Caviar

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..... with a close up of the Cannelloni

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(Side bar note - V&A is NOT an easy photo-shoot. Dark ambient light, white plates, required use of flash (for my camera, anyway), difficult focal length so close to the subject. You can really see the challenge in the contrast between the white plate and the darker roses behind it. Weddings are tough because of the contrast between groom-black and bride-white. Black belt tests are tougher because of white gees and motion. V&A was a close third. Oh, and I am an IT Project Manager by profession and the camera is Canon EOS 2006 - two questions people usually ask about this point in the thread.)


Coming up next, Elk & Duck.....



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