Best Restau­rant: Mon­sieur Paul

WDW Magazine - - Content - BY DANNY SHUSTER

Food at WDW is al­ways a pop­u­lar topic. Long gone are the days when theme park food was rel­e­gated to sim­ply pop­corn and hot­dogs (al­though Dis­ney has ex­cel­lent op­tions for both of those). Now guests can en­joy a wide range of food and cuisines to fit ev­ery taste, style, and bud­get. Epcot has al­ways been the culi­nary high­light of Wdw—with the World Show­case be­ing home to dozens of fan­tas­tic restau­rants fea­tur­ing the food and fla­vors from across the globe. To­day we are go­ing to take a stroll into the France pavil­ion for a look at Mon­sieur Paul, one of Dis­ney’s sig­na­ture fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

About The Restau­rant

Mon­sieur Paul is a re­vamped and up­dated din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to re­place the former Bistro de Paris, a fine French cui­sine restau­rant in­spired by dec­o­rated French chefs, Paul Bo­cuse, Roger Verge, and the late Gas­ton Lenotre. The “Paul” in Mon­sieur Paul is re­fer­ring to chef Paul Bo­cuse, one of France’s most fa­mous chefs, and one of the first celebrity chefs to name a restau­rant af­ter him­self. The food is au­then­ti­cally French and the dishes come from a va­ri­ety of French re­gions—de­signed to show­case clas­sic French fla­vors and cook­ing tech­niques.

Know Be­fore You Go

Mon­sieur Paul is lo­cated in the France pavil­ion at Epcot. You will need theme park ad­mis­sion to ac­cess the restau­rant, and an ADR is strongly rec­om­mended. The restau­rant oc­cu­pies the sec­ond floor above Les Chefs de France, and guests will check-in be­hind the restau­rant near L'ar­ti­san des Glaces. There is a dress code in ef­fect in or­der to main­tain the at­mos­phere and set­ting of the restau­rant. Ac­cord­ing to Dis­ney, the dress code in­cludes:

Ap­pro­pri­ate at­tire for men in­cludes khakis, slacks, jeans, dress shorts and col­lared shirts; ap­pro­pri­ate at­tire for women in­cludes capris, skirts, dresses, jeans and dress shorts.

At­tire that will not be per­mit­ted in­cludes tank tops or hats for gen­tle­man, swimwear, cut offs or torn cloth­ing. In ad­di­tion, while T-shirts are al­lowed, T-shirts fea­tur­ing of­fen­sive lan­guage and/or graph­ics are not.

The restau­rant does ac­cept some Dis­ney Din­ing Plans, and, de­pend­ing on your en­ti­tle­ments, may re­quire two cred­its per per­son. Mon­sieur Paul does not par­tic­i­pate in the Ta­bles in Won­der­land pro­gram. While kids are wel­come and the restau­rant does of­fer a limited kids menu, the set­ting is quiet and in­ti­mate and meals can be lengthy, so this may not be an ideal din­ing choice for the whole fam­ily. The restau­rant is open for lunch and din­ner, and of­fers a prix fixe menu and a la carte din­ing.

The Food

There is no fu­sion or hy­brid-cook­ing hap­pen­ing at Mon­sieur Paul. The food here is clas­sic French cui­sine through and through. Ex­pect dishes with heavy cream, rich but­tery pas­tries, slow cooked and roasted meats, and a va­ri­ety of seafood. All the dishes are pre­sented quite beau­ti­fully and are cho­sen to rep­re­sent the very best of French fla­vors and cook­ing styles. The menu is the brain­child of Chef Ni­co­las Le­moyne, who pre­vi­ously prac­ticed his craft at l'auberge du Pont de Col­longes, the 3-star restau­rant from Paul Bo­cuse. The menu and dishes do change sea­son­ally, as the restau­rant likes to cook with fresh and sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents.

Fan fa­vorite dishes in­clude the Ho­mard du Prin­tanier (Maine Lob­ster) ap­pe­tizer: Maine lob­ster with lime sweet peas and puree, white as­para­gus and porcini mush­rooms, lob­ster veloute. The Filet de boeuf grillé forestier (Grilled Beef Ten­der­loin) main: with mush­room crust, mashed pota­toes, Borde­laise sauce and Le Moelleux for dessert: Warm choco­late al­mond cake with rasp­berry coulis in the cen­ter, hazel­nut crust, hazel­nut ice cream. The bread ser­vice is also very pop­u­lar with a va­ri­ety of freshly baked French breads.

Et Cetera

● The staff is ex­tremely at­ten­tive and knowl­edge­able at Mon­sieur Paul. They will hap­pily pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions and ex­pla­na­tions about the food and culi­nary re­gions of France.

● When mak­ing your reser­va­tions, keep in mind that the sec­ond floor restau­rant has ex­cel­lent views of World Show­case La­goon. If you time it right, you can en­joy llu­mi­na­tions: Re­flec­tions of Earth while you eat!

● While the chefs are happy to cater to di­etary needs and re­stric­tions, there are no dishes on the menu that are com­pletely veg­e­tar­ian. Even the veg­e­tar­ian soup has a meat-based broth. There are mixed re­ports on­line of the kitchen pre­par­ing off-menu veg­e­tar­ian op­tions upon re­quest but de­pend­ing on your di­etary needs, this restau­rant may not be suit­able.

If you’re look­ing for a lit­tle bit of fine French din­ing, then look no fur­ther than Mon­sieur Paul. If you’ve al­ready been to Les Chefs or are con­sid­er­ing some of the pricier op­tions on their menu, you may find the at­mos­phere and ser­vice to be even more en­joy­able up­stairs. Also, de­pend­ing on your or­der, you may want to take ad­van­tage of the Prix Fixe at Mon­sieur Paul, which in­cludes some of the most pop­u­lar and ex­pen­sive dishes on the menu. By all ac­counts, a meal at Mon­sieur Paul is al­ways a beau­ti­ful and deca­dent French meal. Per­fect for a ro­man­tic out­ing, a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, or for the culi­nary trav­eller.

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