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The Steakhouse (Disneyland Paris)

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      14.05.2013 14:01
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      An OK resturant for a little peace and quiet

      There are two restaurants named The Steakhouse is Disneyland Paris. The one I am reviewing is the one located in the Disney village rather than the cowboy themed one in the main parks.

      The restaurant

      Upon arriving to Disneyland and unpacking our bags we were all very tired so decided to go out for dinner, and then head straight home for a good sleep ready for the next day. We headed into the parks leaving the car in the car park and walking up towards the main area. We found ourselves in the Disney village at around 8pm which is actually the worst time to eat as everyone is leaving the Parks ready for some food. Looking around the restaurants all seemed very full, and so we opted for this restaurant because it was the quietest one. You can make a reservation, but we just walked in and were able to get a table without a wait.

      The restaurant itself is American themed and it is very simple. I would say it was more an adult style restaurant out of all that we dined at while in Disneyland. The decor is minimal and the whole set out is very simple. It is somewhere I would recommend if you are looking for a more relaxed meal rather than the rush of the other children aimed restaurants located around the park. We were greeted by a lovely waitress that showed us to our table. Looking around the restaurant was only at a quarter capacities which I admit worried me a little. Every other restaurant was full so I suspect the more adult them put families off. We were left a menu and the waitress explained which menu was the one suited for those with standard plus vouchers. We were then left to look through.

      The service

      After initially being seated by a waitress we were then passed to a waiter for the rest of our meal. He was very efficient and as it was our first meal, and we had the half board plus vouchers he was very patient explaining everything to us. We were served quickly with our orders being taken just five or ten minutes after arriving. We ordered everything at the beginning, and then as the plates were cleared the next course was brought out instantly. We were still given enough time to enjoy our food, but the service was very quick indeed. Compared to the average 2 and a half hours we spent in other restaurants we were only in here for around an hour which when you have travelled 600 miles in two days is a god send. Even when my sister in law sent her main back as it was ice cold a new dish was served within five minutes.

      My only niggle is for my youngest son. Disney will not let you purchase their meal plans for any child under three. Instead they are offered complimentary free baby food, which my soon to be three would not touch. We were aware we would have to pay for a meal before we went after reading reviews so that isn't my gripe. The thing is his main; drinks and pudding were all served at least 5-10 minutes after ours. While that does not seem like a long time, five minutes of explaining while his older siblings had theirs and he didn't have his seemed like forever. Especially for his juice which we actually waited around ten minutes longer for and had to ask twice where it was. Everything was being billed together so I am not sure why he was treated as a separate person it really annoyed me.

      The food

      As it is a steak house as you would expect there speciality was...steaks! You can purchase things separately from the set menu, but at around 12 euro's for a starter, 25-35 Euros for a main and 10 euro's for a pudding it would work out to cost a lot more. On the set menu there were the all familiar burgers, chicken and a few other options but to be honest I personally found the options a little lacking. There were only a choice of three starters, four mains and three puddings. As most of the options are the same as those served in all the restaurants across the site the same options became very boring indeed. For the children there was only one starter of a quall egg salad and the main dishes were chicken, salmon or a burger. We decided on the burger as I wanted them to actually eat after a day of snack travelling in the car. We found the portions to be a little large for children, but other than that it was perfect. This was the only restaurant we did not need to send the burgers back for being undercooked, and all three of my children really enjoyed their meal. They finished their meal with a bowl of ice cream which again was very large with three large scoops of ice cream and chocolate sauce.

      For the adults it was a little more disappointing. I went for the ceaser salad for the starter, chicken supreme marinated in Cajun spices, baked potato and a creamy herb sauce for main and a New York cheese cake for pudding. I found my meal to be disappointing but I did have different options to everyone else so they could have been poor selections. The salad was a good size but I just found it very dry. The salad itself was lacking any dressing, and I just found they piled too much cheese on to it. The cheese was very wax like and it really put me off even attempting to eat any of the salad itself as it was impossible to find any it did not touch. I was looking forward to my main but again I found it very poor. I will say that when the mains arrived my little girl asked to go to the toilet. We were there and back within a few minutes, but my dinner was ice cold. The potatoes were cooked well and were very soft in the centre but it just lacked any taste at all. There was an herb sauce to accompany it but I just found it a little over powering and so again chose to leave this. As it had gone cold I could not eat it at all but was looking forward to my chicken. This was still warm but I just found it to be overcooked. It was as if it had sat on a warming plate as the chicken was extremely crispy around the edges, and the inside was not much better being dry and very chewy. Again like the starter three quarters of my main was left untouched.

      My husband and sister in law had better experiences. They both chose the Cassolette of queen scallops, mussels and salmon in a garlic cream sauce served with an olive Madeleine for starter. They both really enjoyed it and my sister in law was even tempted to order a second helping. It was cooked perfectly and the combination of the sauce and the sea food was balanced very well. For mains Sarah chose Cod with vegetables. She had to send it back as her fish was ice cold and inedible. This was promptly replaced with a piping hot dish that was cooked perfectly and she really enjoyed. My husband went for the steak and it arrived at the table he was very happy. It was a fantastic size and cooked perfectly. They both finished every piece of their main and thoroughly enjoyed every part of it. The presentation of each dish was fantastic, and the portion sizes were more than filling. We all had cheesecake for pudding and it was just amazing. The best thing by far from the whole of the meal, and all three of us finished our plates within seconds. The portion size was on the small side for my liking, but then if I had enjoyed my first two courses it would have been more than adequate.

      Overall

      Our meal came to around 150 euro's for three adults, and three children to all have three courses. This is the standard price at Disneyland Paris with a three course meal come to around 30-50 euro's a time. This restaurant did other a more relaxed setting rather than the rush of other dining options on site. I just found the options very limiting if you did not like steak, chicken or fish. I know the name of the restaurant is a dead give away, but to be honest it seemed to be the same four set meals for every restaurant on site. I found my food to be disappointing, but my husband and sister is law both really enjoyed theirs. This could have been due to poor choices on my part, but then you should be able to choose anything from the menu and receive high quality food for your money. The service was great and it was a relaxing meal compared to other places we dined while we were away, but I just feel the food was lacking a little.

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