As I say every Tuesday, happy #tastytuesday friends!! Today I am reviewing Le Cellier located in the Canada Pavillon in Epcot’s World Showcase. Le Cellier is one of the few dining options in the Canada Pavillon that specializes in steak and is considered a signature restaurant, or 2 dining credits on the Disney Dining Plan.
Can I start by telling you all how gorgeous the area is outside of Le Cellier?! I think the gorgeousness was definitely accentuated by the fact that we ate there during Epcot’s Flower and Garden festival, but you know a picture is great when you don’t have to edit it at all. Anyway, to get to Le Cellier, you walk towards the World Showcase and take a right. Canada is the first country that you will come across. The Cellier has a large iron sign that highlights a pathway towards the restaurant where you will past a small pond with topiaries and a small scale mountain in the background. It’s just stunning!
At the end of the pathway, you will reach the door to Le Cellier that looks like you are entering a cellar. As Le Cellier literally translates into “the cellar” (Here’s to the few times my French degree comes in handy!!), you are supposed to be entering a wine cellar in Canada. Once you enter, you will check in for or request your reservation at the hostess station. We had a reservation for 12:35pm, 5 minutes after the restaurant opened for the day, and we were seated about 5 minutes after we checked in.
As we were seated, the cast member confirmed my food allergies (dairy, eggs, and gluten) and provided me with the allergy friendly menu for the restaurant. Kyle and I had read online that there was actually an annual passholder menu that had a secret poutine on it that you can try, which we were curious about. When I asked the cast member about the secret menu item, he noted that it was actually on the allergy friendly menu as the “Le Cellier Signature Poutine.”
The cast member noted that there was, of course, cheese on the poutine, but that the chef could make the poutine allergy friendly by leaving the cheese off. We decided to order the poutine as-is for Kyle to try and for me to maybe have one bit of. The cast member advised me that even though this was my choice to have one bite, that he needed to remind me that they take food allergies very seriously, especially cross contamination. I thanked the cast member and let him know I would be ok to eat around the cheese. I really appreciated his diligence and attentiveness to my food allergies.
What can I say about this poutine except for CAN I TAKE HOME THE RED WINE REDUCTION PLEASE?! The cheese was very flakey and easy for me to eat around, which was nice, but that red wine reduction was the star of the show. I would have been happy without the cheese, to be honest, but Kyle wanted to try the poutine as-is, which is understandable. I had one bite with the cheese, which was a nice salty component to the dish. And those fries. THOSE FRIES. They were fresh and cooked so well. I need to find a way to replicate this dish at home because it was OUT OF THIS WORLD!! Just in case using all caps didn’t get that point across. :p
For our main course, the cast member had recommended the Le Cellier Filet Mignon, as Le Cellier specializes in steak. Kyle and I both order the filet, his as-is and mine with a sub of the Maple-Whiskey Glazed Brussel Sprouts instead of the mushroom risotto, which was not allergy friendly for me. The filet was so tender and melted in my mouth. And the brussel sprouts were on the same level as the poutine! So amazing, crunchy yet tender, and a great balance of sweet and salty.
One thing to note about the meal is that if you are on the Disney Dining Plan, the poutine does not count as an appetizer for your plan. It says so on the menu as well. All in all, I would give this meal a 10/10 and highly recommend it for anyone who is considering a signature meal!
Here’s to living our best and most delicious Disney lives! <3
Meagan has been living with many food allergies and sensitivities since she was 19 years old. She is currently a Personal Vacation Advisor for Magical Vacation Planner, specializing in helping her guests book trips to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. Meagan enjoys researching fitness and nutrition and has taken a special interest in finding allergy friendly options at Walt Disney World.
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