One of Disneyland Paris’ newest restaurants is based in the Walt Disney Studios Park. The restaurant is based upon where the animation Ratatouille left off. Rémy has his own restaurant and it cooking for you… his ratty chums!
Before I step into the restaurant itself I just want to congratulate the Disney Imagineers for their theming and construction in this section of the park. It actually feels like you are on the streets of Paris! This may sound like a daft thing to say as we are in the outskirts of Paris (OK Barely the outskirts!). The theming seems to add more dimension to the area than the other zones have. There are gated alleyways and shuttered doorways. The cobbled streets and pathways add depth, to the fake building facades with flowers and shadows behind the curtains. Being in “Paris” in Disneyland Paris was a highlight to our weekend.
Bistrot Chez Rémy
Rémy has opened a restaurant, but to a human the theming has had to be twisted. When the waiting area by the front desk you can see the accolade on the wall, tiled / carpeted flooring. Everything is pretty much standard. It is only when you go down the corridor and turn the corner to the dining room that the change happens. As you enter the restaurant you are shrunk down in to the size of a Rat. Everything is super sized around you and the detailing is immense. The print on the wall paper is huge, the floor tiles are 5 foot across. The skirting boars are about 2 foot tall.
The tables seem to be split up into sections with the inner restaurant and the outer restaurant. The Outer area has a leafy ceiling with fairylight draped across. Tables are made from Jam Jar lids, with Champagne cork chairs. Tables have cocktail umbrellas as a central parasol.
Disneyland Paris seems to be quite keen to push you towards set dining menus. There is an option of 4 set menus here. Each offering Starter and Main Course. We all (The Hooper Parents and Coulson Parents) opted for the Gusteau Menu which was 1 Starter & 1 Main Course & 1 Dessert & 1 Drink. As this was our meal on the Saturday night, with our half marathon starting at 7am the next morning we chose to be selective with our drinks. Louise (C) chose Fanta Limon, Stephen (C) chose Diet Coke, I chose Normal Coke, but we both also added a pint of 1664 to keep it real.
Catherine wasn’t running in the morning so opted for the “Other” option. As part of the Gusteau menu there was wine pairings. 3 glasses of wine, one per course ending in a special Disney Champagne.
Our set menu had the option of 1 starter.
- Duck foie gras with a champagne sauce, violet fig jam, toasted walnut bread and salad
As Louise has a nut allergy we discussed in great detail the options that she could have. The waitress (Emilie) eventually agreed that this starter but with normal bread instead of the Walnut bread should be suitable.
When it turned up we all had standard bread and Emilie added as a side note, “sorry, yes we have ran out of the Walnut bread”. I didn’t mind either way, but it seemed to be a typical path we had found in Disneyland Paris this trip. Things didn’t seem to stack up as they were supposed to.
We also had a bread basket on the table, which we all tucked into and wolfed it down. Spreading the Foie Gras on the toast or bread in little chunks. It was creamy and delicious. Totally the furthest away from any expectation of theme park food.
There were a choice of 3 for the Main course. Sea Bass, a Vegetarian option or beef. We opted for
- Fillet of beef (approximately 250g), premium ratatouille, confit potatoes and a Meaux mustard jus
We also learned from ordering this that in France there isn’t an option of Medium Rare for cooked beef. It is either Medium or Rare. Stephen chose Rare while the rest of us went medium. Which didn’t really make a difference as they were pretty much all the same except for a yellow plastic spike in his
chips confit potatoes!
I’m not a huge fan of the vegetable dish Ratatouille as it is usually corgettey, tomatoey slop. However as we had the PREMIUM Ratatouille, it was a more delicate stand alone dish!
The desert options were limited to either Brie or Tarte tartin. I chose Brie, but didn’t photograph it. I have to admit by this point I was loosening off my belt to give a little breathing space. I was stuffed and a little concerned about running on a full belly.
I believe that eating is a restaurant isn’t just about the food. for me it is as much about the experience as it is about the tastes that accompany it. Here at Bistrot Chez Rémy was very much like the Blue Lagoon, as in you immersed into a concept and dining experience. Not just in a plain dining hall eating expensive food. At around 60 Euros per person for the meal it wasn’t cheap, but because there was so much detail to entertain you in the environment, I felt it was well worth the money. As we didn’t have kids with us, I’m not sure how suitable the menu is for them, but as an adult the menus were limited for choice.
As we stepped out of the restaurant waddling back to the main entrance, Catherine spotted that the queue for Crush’s Coaster was short. I’d not rode it before, but really didn’t feel it was the right time to test it out. However I was pushed into the queue and before I knew it the 4 seat coaster cart was being winched up a steep hill, with me looking down to the ground. The words the came out of my mouth were colourful, but I can confirm it isn’t bad enough to shake out your steak and chips!