Disneyworld: Bistro de Paris?
Dear Florida Chowhounds: my travel agent told me to get reservations ASAP for the Bistro de Paris at Epcot, but in reviewing all of the previous threads, not one of you recommended it! Why not?
Please also comment on my dinner choices, based on your postings, for my family (middle-aged couple with a picky ChowTeen): Jiko, Artist's Point, and Citrico. We'll just catch other meals whenever. TIA!
I think the Bistro de Paris has excellent food, it's one of those places that I tend to lose in the recesses of my memory when I am thinking about where to eat (same with artist point , I've had mixed result there). For those with a Disney Dining Experience card, combining the DDE card with the fixed prix menu they offer really is a pretty good deal (by disney standards).
I haven't read any of the other reviews of Bistro de Paris, but I like it. It may be that some whose comments you read remember the older days of the France pavilion when the food was little more than reheated hash. The kitchen was retooled a couple of years ago, and now the pavilion has one of the largest, most state-of-the-art kitchens on property.
No, it isn't the same as dining in France -- what is? But it's a good enough approximation. It's a shame you can't get the foie gras (Disney-wide ban) but you should be able to find wonderful escargot and sweetbreads.
In case your travel agent didn't tell you, the restaurants in the France pavilion are owned by Paul Bocuse, Gaston LeNotre and Roger Verge, three of the most famous chefs in the world. Bocuse, who still maintains several restaurants in Lyon, France, keeps a home in Central Florida and is here often. His son, Jerome, is the manager.
As for your other choices. Jiko is very good, and boasts the largest selection of South African wines in North America; Citricos is also a favorite, but I'm afraid my experience with Artist Point goes back to the opening of the lodge -- and that was the last century.