18 October 2009

Review: Le Cellier Steakhouse

As I entered Le Cellier I felt as if I had just entered a wine cellar in a grand chateau. Since we were late, due to Downtown Disney shopping, cashier issues and the pouring rain, we had a 20-30 minute wait. While we waited we played trivia. I got a few of the answers right - like the national anthem of Canada which I actually know the words to - thanks to hockey, one of the national sports of Canada (the other being lacrosse). Le Cellier with it’s intimate interior and ambient lighting makes you forget that you are still in Disney. A great place to have a romantic dinner without having to leave the park.

The restaurant is divided in Canadian Provinces. We were seated in the Province of Manitoba and our server, Nadia told us some trivia about Manitoba during our meal. We started off our meal with two Canadian beers, Trois Pistoles and Maudite. Both were high proof, fine quality beers made to be savored like a fine wine. The Trois Pistoles which I ordered had a cheesy chocolate taste with a hint of fruit. Similar body to a Guinness but with less bitterness and slight sweetness. While we waited for our appetizers Nadia brought us warm breadsticks - slightly tart Sourdough to celebrate Canada's miners who made the sour bread while searching for gold in the Yukon; Multigrain, to represent the wheat production of Canada; and the ever-popular soft, doughy Pretzel Bread, in honor of Oktoberfest and Canada's German settlers. 

For appetizers we ordered the Tomato Stack and the Prince Edward Island Mussels. The mussels had a nice coconut broth which the garlic & shallots didn’t overpower. The mussels weren’t chewy or overcooked. These were so good I could have ordered another one. The tomatoes came with caramelized onions and cucumbers and were topped off with crumbled blue cheese and a Yuzu vinaigrette. 

I ordered the Petit Filet with Mushroom Risotto and Aljon ordered the New York Strip Steak. The New York Strip Steak was topped with bercy butter and served with roasted Yukon potatoes. It was cooked perfectly to order. The Petit Filet was extraordinary! It was cooked perfectly to order and was so tender you could have cut it with a fork. I’ve never had a filet with so much flavor. Filets typically are the least flavorful cut of meat but this one had flavor. This is the BEST steak I’ve ever had at any restaurant anywhere. The risotto was also cooked perfectly, not mushy at all.

For dessert, the Maple Crème Brulee & Chocolate on Chocolate Whiskey Cake. Both which we were too full for but still managed to finish. If you like maple the crème brulee is the way to go. It is light & creamy and not too sweet. The cake was definitely a chocolate lovers dream. It was very rich but delicious and you could taste the hint of whiskey.

I have to say this was my favorite restaurant. Everything from the service to the food to the atmosphere was wonderful. We even made friends with an older couple that sat next to us. They were huge Disney fans and had been near 40 times. I even gave the woman the Web site address for srsounds.com. 


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