Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: Be Our Guest Review

It's trip report time! You can see all the posts in this report here.

Remember when Be Our Guest was, like, THE dining reservation to have? I mean, I guess it still kinda is, but I never really got into the hype. Despite its general popularity, Beauty & The Beast was never a huge favorite of mine as a child, and aside from the grey stuff there was no huge attraction in the perfectly serviceable but expensive menu.

I don't know why I suddenly felt the urge to go there for breakfast, which generally gets middling reviews. The lure of doing something new, I suppose. Whatever the reason, I found an ADR almost as tough a get, but with dogged pursuit landed an ADR at a mid-morning time I liked.

And thus we found ourselves there on the second morning of our trip. Since breakfast is not a true table service affair, the experience starts out a little less lux. Even with an ADR you're shuffled through a huge line, culminating in a cast member taking down your order. All adult breakfast are the same price and come with a non-specialty beverage and pastries to share. It's been pointed out that if two people make separate ADRs each person gets a separate pastry plate and they can still sit together, but I had a hard enough time getting the one ADR, so.

If you have a Magic Band, you're free to wander the castle - your food will geolocate you later. First up: a stop at the drink station. There seems to be one in every room and you can help yourself, so presumably seconds are allowed? I didn't try but I don't see how they'd enforce a single serving policy. My mom and I both got coffee and it was indeed coffee. So far so good.

Then I took a dip into the three available seating areas. The main ballroom dining area is everything you've heard: loud, cavernous, enormous, loud, loud. Lovely ceiling art but otherwise avoid.

The library has a lovely rose centerpiece, but my hurried examination didn't yield much else of note (I didn't want to linger too long lest my food have to chase me around). Instead we settled in the West Wing, with its soothing darkness and periodic thunder noises to scare all the small, loud children away. (For some reason WDW is full of children???? PLS EXPLN)

About five minutes after we selected our table a Cast Member brought our food in a cart, checking our receipt and leaving us to our devices for the remainder of the meal. 

My mom got the vegetable quiche, which is for some inconceivable reason served with a slab of puff pastry even though it already has a crust? Go figure. She seemed happy enough with it. It came with mixed fruit but I can't even LOOK at it because the bowl contains grapes and GRAPES ARE THE DEVIL. P.S. My phobias are legitimate!

I had originally planned on ordering the bacon and egg sandwich, but upon arrival I found myself digging something a little lighter. I wound up selecting the charcuterie plate. Tres European, non? Nothing on the plate blew my mind but it was all satisfying: the cheese was brie, and the meats were two types of ham and salami. Bonus: apple slices and french bread with marmalade. Pro tip #1: put some cheese and marmalade on the bread and GO TO TOWN.

As for the provided pastry plate, they were decent; more or less what you might expect to be served at a hotel breakfast buffet. The pan aux chocolate was a particular standout. The cinnamon roll was kinda dry, but the apple danish and turnover were decent. Muffins provided were blueberry and bran. Pro tip #2: bring a couple plastic baggies with you, bag it all up, and stick in your backpack for snacks later. That'll show 'em!

Overall I found it to be a pleasant enough experience, and the food was pretty good. The pastry plate stretches the value. Still, I'm not sure it's worth the price or effort; I think I'd rather just snag a waffle sandwich from Sleepy Hollow. But if I ever find myself traveling with a big BatB fan, I'll take a swing at an ADR. What the hell, y'know?

Have you ever been to Be Our Guest? Thoughts?

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  1. I got the charcuterie plate last time too. I think with the meat and cheese you can sort of justify the price when you throw in the drinks, pastries, and atmosphere. I hate that it's a fixed price because paying $25 for scrambled egg whites seems ridiculous to me.

    1. You are so right - the value is extremely variable. Of course you can choose the most expensive-seeming entree, but if you don't WANT that entree it's kind of moot.

  2. I did breakfast at Be Our Guest for the first time in January and was kinda meh on it. They didn't stop us from refilling our drinks which was nice because we had coffee while we waited to rope drop Peter Pan's Flight. I too had the Vegetable Quiche which was just ok and I didn't understand the random piece of puff pastry. I'll stick with lunch here from now on (or just monorail it to a resort).

    1. Oh, yeah, I should probably at least try lunch, if only for one of those cupcakes!

  3. We did breakfast purely because we had never managed to get there before and it was my parents 40th wedding anniversary. (We had CRT booked for dinner and the HEA dessert party too....oink)
    So as it was an occasion...
    I had the banana thing - French toast? Which was super sweet but I do have a sweet tooth. In hindsight it was a mistake with All THE DESSERTS we had booked during the day (I ordered a celebration cake for CRT too).
    But it was great to experience it, we sat in the West Wing, got the obligatory pictures at the rose & stared at the picture waiting for it to change - who needs the art of conversation!
    We did indeed refill our drinks - I noticed a few people did. At $24 for a slice of French toast you better believe I was going to try anyway :-)
    Oh and I ordered the grey stuff cupcake with mine (man I had a lot of sugar that day!), which was nice & lighter than it looked.
    I would like to experience lunch some time in the future but not sure I would be too distressed if it didn't happen.

    1. HOLD THE PHONE. You can get the grey stuff cupcake at breakfast??? DAMN ME FOR MY LACK OF RESEARCH. I must return!