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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Our Champagne Brunch at Remy on the Disney Fantasy

The husband and I decided when making plans for our 6th Disney Cruise that we would celebrate our anniversary with a champagne brunch at Remy, an adult only restaurant on Deck 12 of the Disney Fantasy.  Remy is named after the Chef in Ratatouille, a Pixar/Disney animated movie released in 2007.  The cuisine at Remy is just as French inspired as the cuisine in the movie.

We were able to make a brunch reservation during our on-line check in at the same time we reserved port adventures and registered the boy for the kids club.  The champagne brunch is available on "at sea" days.  Our 7-night itinerary included two at sea days and we make our brunch reservation for the second at sea day.

The day prior to our brunch reservation, we received a reminder/invitation in our stateroom.  It indicated the dress code for the occasion along with a reminder of the time.
We arrived in plenty of time for our reservation and were taken into the wine room with the rest of folks who also had the same time for their reservation.  We met Arnaud and Scott--pictured above-- and were given the first of our six courses--Jamon Iberico which is cured ham from Spain/Portugal--along with a glass of Taittinger champagne.
While enjoying our first course, we were informed about the restaurant and the wines.  This is when we were also offered the "upsale" of the additional champagne pairings, also know as the champagnes experience that was an additional charge per person.  The brunch itself is $50 per person and the additional champagnes experience was $25 per person for 3 glasses of champagne paired with various courses.  We declined.

We were taking photos throughout the brunch and after we took a photo of Arnaud and Scott, one of the wait staff offered to take a photo of us.  This started a round of photography with the other guests doing the same.

Course 1--Jamon Iberico with Taittinger Champagne

Soon we were seated at our table which featured a great view of the ocean.  The menu also featured a happy message telling us to eat right!

We were served a bread and salt just prior to our next course.
I tried to take a picture of each course beside the menu to help me remember what we were eating.  This is the vegetable Risotto and was very good.
The lobster, caviar, mango dish came next and was quite yummy.  The husband was eating one of the greens in the photo below.

This dish was the Sea Bass, Egg, and Thai course.  The husband has his fork ready to go!  And you can see by the photos that we were drinking water.  When I ordered water, I was given several choices--sparkling, bottled, etc.  I just wanted plain ice water.  It was served iceless, of course.

The Berkshire Pork, Cannellini Beam course came next, and again, was delicious.

The dessert course, Paris Brest was last and featured pastries filled with mouse along with a scoop of an ice cream served on a plate.  The husband and I decided we needed to eat the ice cream first before it melted as it was being served on a plate rather than in a bowl.
We were also served a trio of sweet treats, just in case the Paris Brest wasn't enough.
The chef did come out and check on us at some point during the meal.  What we missed was the opportunity to have him sign our menu.  Next time!
And, a meal at Remy wouldn't be complete without finding the mouse himself who is hiding in a light fixture but holding his spoon!  If you can't seem to find him, be sure to ask.  The Cast Members will happily point him out.

Our impressions--based on the fact that I had to take pictures of the dishes along with the menu indicates that the husband and I are not "foodies" and are as easily satisfied with less sophisticated offerings.  Having said that, we did enjoy the brunch.  The Cast Members were friendly and helpful.  The meal itself was relaxing and we didn't feel rushed but we didn't feel like we waited either.  And, while some of the food is not what we eat every day, we tried each course and enjoyed each bite!  We were also okay with the group presentation at the beginning of the brunch.  It was kind of fun to have and one couple who was there, we bumped into later in the day and we were referred to as their "Remy friends."

What we didn't appreciate was the "upsell" of the champagnes experience.  Between the two of us, it would have been an additional $50 for six glasses of champagne and we are much too. . . too practical.  And, even without the champagne we had a great time and enjoyed each other's company.

Would we do this again?  Maybe.  I'm not going to rule it out, but I'm also not putting dining at Remy into the "must do" category for our next Disney Cruise.

Oh, and were was the boy while we dined at Remy? He was at the Edge, the club for tweens ages 11-14.

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