Victoria & Albert's Chefs Table
After being on a waitlist for almost 6 months, we finally got the call that a reservation has opened up for us at the chefs table. However, we thought we'd be a little more excited than we are.
At $200 per person, plus pairing (if we choose), plus tax, plus gratuity, we're wondering if the benefit outweighs the cost. Allergies and similar restrictions are not an issue for us, we just want to know if both the food and experience of being in the kitchen and mingling with the chefs is worth the price.
At most, there could be 8 of us dining there, however they would also let just 2 dine there. Not everyone is convinced that it is worth it, so I am looking to see if anyone has recently dined at the chef's table and can provide some insight.
Money is an issue for me, however I live my life not wanting to miss an opportunity simply because of money. As an example, I had dined at Alinea in Chicago a couple months ago. I couldn't afford it at the time but it was ridiculously amazing and definitely worth it. This brings up another issue, that I will likely be comparing it to Alinea. I don't expect V&As to be near as ridiculous as Alinea was, but I know have a little higher standards.
The other meals we will be dining at on this trip are Bluezoo, Il Mulino, California Grill, and Shula's. We are both men and women ranging from 25 to 52.
Thanks in advance.
Disneys Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL 32830
I'd suggest getting the tables in wonderland card that disney offers and using in the regular dining room at v and a. 20 percent off food and alcohol, they don't accept it at chefs table. That gets you to about $160 pp pairing included. I know they will also take it at California grill, I think they might have started honoring it at all the other restaurants on your list too.
I'll be honest, I ate at Alinea in May and although it was ridiculously cool meeting Grant and having him make an unreal work of art on the table for desert, it just wasn't worth the mortgage payment for me. It was actually the meal that cured me of my desire for expensive multi-course tasting meals when we travel. Just not worth it.
That said, I haven't done V&A's in a few years, but similarly I don't think it's worth the 5 bills per couple (at the minimum) you'd pay. The food is excellent, and the service is equally good. You'll leave having had a good meal. Not one that changed your life.
I suppose this is just my two cents, but it's more important than everyone else's two cents so pay close attention. ;)