Friday, May 25, 2012

Trip Report: Part One: Victoria and Albert's

Ok, so we did make it to WDW, and only like 11 hours late.  It meant getting a rental car, sleeping for only three hours, then driving to Hartford for our 6:25 a.m. flight.  Hartford was actually a very nice airport, but that's another post.

Now we're back, and I'm ready to make the trip report for my first trip to the World in 15 years.  Let's start with a little food porn.  Dr. Springfield and I were looking for a high-end dining experience for our 5-year anniversary this spring.  We considered local restaurants, as well as in Las Vegas (we were there for a conference earlier this spring), but settled on V&A.

Very little can be justly said about our Victoria and Albert's dining experience.  While not cheap, you get what you pay for.  V&A met and exceeded every expectation we had for a 5-diamond meal.  The restaurant itself is hidden behind large oak doors, which were swiftly opened for us as we approached (how they knew we were there for them and not the nearby Citrico's will remain a mystery).  We were seated in a small, yet rich, dining room and handed our custom menus.

The waiters and other servers are incredibly knowledgeable, and very attentive.  The pace of the meal was very relaxed (the seven courses took just about three hours).  But enough talk, here are some pictures.

(We didn't photograph the first course because we forgot.  This will happen at least once more during the meal.)

Chiogga Beet Carpaccio.  Now Dr. Springfield only wants marinated vegetables.
My "salad."

Roasted Quail with Asian Pears and Serrano Ham Jus.

Niman Ranch Lamb with Baby Tomatoes, Artichokes and Olive Pesto
Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle

The best coffee I've ever had, and the best way to prepare it.
The rose for Dr. Springfield at the end.


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