One of the hottest tickets at the Magic Kingdom is the Be Our Guest Restaurant — partly because the setting is spectacular, and partly because the food offerings at the Magic Kingdom frankly leave a lot to be desired.
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Each table gets a set of pastries.
So when Disney announced it was starting breakfast service at Be Our Guest this weekend — and we just happened to be here — we jumped at the chance to make reservations for the first morning.
The menu offers six entrees for adults:
- Assorted Cured Meats and Cheese: Alpine-smoked Ham, Serrano Ham, Sopressata, and Cheese with Marmalade, Fresh Fruit, and a Toasted Baguette
- Open-Face Bacon and Egg Sandwich: Poached Eggs, Applewood Bacon, Brie Cheese, and Arugula on a toasted Baguette served with Fresh Fruit
- Eggs Florentine: Puff Pastry Shell filled with Scrambled Eggs, Cheese, and fresh Spinach served with Country Ham and Roasted Plum Tomatoes
- Scrambled Egg Whites: Scrambled Egg Whites with Roasted Tomatoes, Multi-grain Croissant, and Fresh Fruit
- Vegetable Quiche: Mushroom, Zucchini, Bell Pepper, Onion and Chive Quiche served with Fresh Fruit
- Croissant Doughnut: Fried Doughnut topped with Banana-Caramel Sauce, Pastry Crème, and Chocolate Ganache
Each is $19.99 and comes with a beverage and a plate of five pastries for the table. For comparison the all you can eat character breakfast buffet at the Crystal Palace is $29.99.
The children’s menu includes crepes stuffed with yogurt, which made us wonder why there isn’t a crepe for adults on the menu.
The Eggs Florentine is served in a 5-inch square puff pastry.
We tried the Open-Face Bacon and Egg Sandwich and the Eggs Florentine, and both were excellent — certainly among the best breakfast options you’ll find in any theme park, although we’re obviously grading on a curve.
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The Open-Face Bacon and Egg Sandwich.
The Eggs Florentine are served in the same puff pastry shell used at dinner in the sautéed shrimp and scallop entree. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the pastry is about 5-inches square; it’s a very hearty portion. The eggs are served with the same béchamel sauce used in the Croque Monsieur sandwich served at lunchtime. The eggs were perfect — moist and flavorful — and the puff pastry was as light and fluffy as you could desire. But the roasted plum tomatoes promised on the menu were nowhere to be found — on the side were just two sad-looking slices of ham.
The sandwich is the kind of sandwich you eat with a knife and fork. Brie, bacon, arugula, roasted tomatoes and two poached eggs sit on top of a toasted baguette sliced lengthwise. All the flavors were perfectly balanced, with the brie and bacon standing out, and the eggs were cooked very nicely. It’s easy to go wrong with a poached egg, but these were just runny enough. If we had one criticism of this meal it was the baguette — in texture it was closer to a crouton than toast. Very crunchy.
And then there’s the pastries that arrive with the meal. We got one of each: a small cinnamon roll, croissant, a chocolate croissant twist and two tiny muffins (one mouthful each). The pastries were soft, fresh and flavorful — especially the chocolate croissant twist.
This is a promising start, and we liked it enough that we plan to go back tomorrow to try different things (the meat and cheese plate and the croissant doughnut are likely candidates). But Disney really needs to keep up the quality of the food and keep down the crowds.
We mention this as a concern because we feel like the restaurant — always overrated for the food, if not for the setting — seems to have gone downhill since it opened. Our first lunch experience there — while it was still just a walk-in restaurant with no reservations for lunch — was really impressive. The last time we visited, when lunch reservations were in a trial period, was extremely disappointing. For instance, on our first visit, the gorgeous Tuna Niçoise Salad gave us new hope for healthful eating at the Magic Kingdom; but on our second visit, it was a pale imitation of the original, with just two sad little green beans tossed in. On our first visit, it was easy to find a table; on our second visit, we roamed for 10 minutes before we found a place to sit.
The only other options for a good breakfast at the Magic Kingdom (other than fast food) is the character dining at The Crystal Palace. And, if you want iced coffee, stop at Starbucks before you head to Be Our Guest.