Tag Archives: World Showcase Restaurants

La Hacienda Ready to Serve at Epcot

With La Hacienda ready to soft open this week we’d like to thank one of our friends at the World for snapping a few photos for us to share with you today.

Photo courtesy Brandi Baker

The newly refurbished Cantina will now be both counter service and table service. La Cantina de San Angel will open daily at 11am and serve counter service options while the table service option, La Hacienda de San Angel, will open daily at 4pm. La Cantina de San Angel will utilize its own seating area plus some of the air-conditioned La Hacienda seating space (including the terrace) until La Hacienda opens at 4pm. Then La Hacienda will only be available for table service seating. La Cantina de San Angel will remain open, serving counter service selections, until the park closes.

Outdoor seating - photo courtesy Brandi Baker

Outdoor Terrace - photo courtesy Brandi Baker

Offerings at La Cantina will include grilled beef and chicken tacos served on fresh homemade corn tortillas, Empanadas de Queso (fried corn masa filled with cheese, topped with green sauce, served with corn chips), nachos, fresh homemade guacamole and chips, churros, and paletas (traditional fruit popsicles).

Beginning September 16 ADRs can be made for La Hacienda for October 15th and after. The restaurant is in a soft opening phase until October 15th and will be walk up only.

We will be trying it out for ourself soon so look for another post in the future with a review and food photos.

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Enjoy a French Pastry From Boulangerie Patisserie

One of my must-do eats each trip is a ham and cheese croissant and a dessert pastry from Boulangerie Patisserie in the France Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. This counter service location is very small on the inside with two cases on either side and two lines for service. I’ve have not been to France (yet), but I can imagine this small bakery in a little French village. The inside is decorated with French cookbooks, bakeware, and baked goods while the cases are stocked with cheese platters, croissants, quiche, tarts, eclairs, and more. It can be very difficult to make a choice standing there with all of these delectable treats waiting in front of you. There is almost always a line but it is worth the wait to grab a snack or light meal from Boulangerie Patisserie. You can take your selections outside, sit at the sidewalk tables, and enjoy your meal while you people watch on the streets of France. If the weather is not cooperating, there are sets of indoor tables and chairs  inside the shop connected to the film theater for Impressions de France. So the next time you find yourself wandering the streets of France, take a minute to taste it, too.

Boulangerie Patisserie Menu

Case of Bakery Selections

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Getting a Taste of Authentic Mexico at the San Angel Inn

Whether it’s day or night when you walk into the Mexico pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, it’s always night inside! Beautifully lit on the inside to give the feel of being outdoors under the nighttime sky in Mexico, this pavilion offers a variety of shops, a ride, and a sit-down table service restaurant called San Angel Inn. The Inn serves lunch and dinner daily and accepts Advanced Dining Reservations.

Disney’s attention to theme and detail of course extend to the San Angel Inn. Check out the tile on the floor, the stucco walls, and of course you can’t miss the volcano in the distance emitting puffs of smoke every few seconds (keep your eye on those puffs of smoke, there’s a Mickey hidden in them every few minutes). Some seating is arranged by the edge of the water where the boats of the Gran Fiesta Tour float by every so often. The San Angel Inn is based on a Mexico City hacienda dating back to 1692. In 1915 the hacienda was changed into a restaurant and in 1962 it was taken over by the Debler family who named it the San Angel Inn and made it one of Mexico City’s finest restaurants. Visitors to Mexico in the World Showcase now have the opportunity to enjoy this dining experience (just be sure to make that ADR, this restaurant can be very popular!).

San Angel Inn - Epcot's Mexico Pavilion

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Le Cellier and that Tasty Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

Le Cellier Steakhouse is a very popular restaurant located in Canada in Epcot’s World Showcase. The design of the restaurant resembles a wine cellar with bottles of wine stored behind glass and in wooden spaces in the walls. Le Cellier means “the cellar” therefore there are no windows in the restaurant, but the stone walls and low, warm lighting help create a dark and romantic atmosphere.

Le Cellier Restaurant - Epcot's World Showcase

The different provinces of Canada are represented in the different seating areas as your host or hostess will explain to you when you are seated.  The menu offers many wonderful steak dishes as well as the famous Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup. Having a cup of that soup is a must for me each time we visit this restaurant and we’ve even gotten our hands on the recipe and made it at home! It was good but of course the real deal is always better. Want to give it a try? I asked our server for the recipe back in July 2007 and he gave me a recipe card titled “Epcot at Walt Disney World: Recipes from Around Our World” with the recipe on it.

5 cups milk, warmed

1/2 lb. bacon

10 tbsp butter

1 cup celery

2 each red onions, finely chopped

1 1/2 c. flour

1 quart chicken stock

1 lb. cheddar cheese, shredded

kosher salt to taste

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 1/2 tsp Tabasco Sauce

3 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

12 oz. slightly warmed ale

Preparation

Slowly heat milk.  Brown bacon first, render until crisp. Add butter and melt. Add celery and onions, cook until translucent. Add flour and mix thoroughly to form a roux. Add chicken stock and simmer for 3 minutes. Add warm milk and stir vigorously to thicken. Cook out roux until thickened (should not have a starchy taste). Reduce heat to low, add cheese, stir until melted. Season with kosher salt, black pepper, Tabasco, and Worcestershire Sauce. Just prior to serving, add warm ale. Garnish with cooked bacon and fresh chives.

Cook’s note: When re-heating soup, do not bring to boil, as it will break down.

Yields 8 servings