It’s a rare evening when I try a Walt Disney World restaurant ‘for the first time’. Saturday my friends invited my husband and I along with them for an Anniversary meal at the Yachtsman Steakhouse in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
I had been to the Crews Cup Lounge adjacent to the restaurant several times before…once when we had a meet-up with Chef Robert Irvine from the Food Network…and we had always admired the huge slabs of meat which hung in the double sided glass butcher’s case that separates the lounge from the restaurant.
Chef Daniel Sicilia and I in front of the meat display. The Crews Cup Lounge is on the other side of the glass.
Guests can whet their appetite here before entering the dining room.
The most impressive thing when you enter the restaurant is the open kitchen.
Chef Sicilia allowed me to snap a couple photos off the line. Check out this food art!
($13) Iceberg Lettuce, Blue Cheese, Hazelnuts, Tomatoes, and Herbs
($15) Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, Black Garlic, and Basil
The Yachtsman Steakhouse dining room is rustic with large windows overlooking Stormalong Bay. A mix of square and round candlelit tables offer inviting places for diners to enjoy their meal.
…and speaking of meal, let’s get started on ours!
The Yachtsman Steakhouse has an extensive selection of beer, wine and cocktails to choose from. I am a self proclaimed craft beer snob, but my friends have been slowly introducing me to wines that I have grown to love. I know that reds are usually paired with meat, but I have yet to meet a red that I love, so I opted for the white wine flight.
Flight of Interesting Whites
($19) Dr. Loosen Riesling, Mosel…Conundrum, California…Cakebread, Napa
The Cakebread was alright. Chardonnay isn’t my favorite. The Conundrum is a California white blend that I am already a fan of. It is sold at almost every lounge on Disney property. The riesling was PERFECT! Not too sweet. In fact, I ordered another glass of it later on in the meal.
Our server then brought out a basket with crack in it. It wasn’t crack, but crack is the only word I can think of to describe it. A bread basket with two different selections. Sourdough, which I didn’t even sample and pull-apart onion rolls which were soft and sweet and kept me reaching for more. Two spreads were served on the side…softened butter with salt and roasted garlic.
I could NOT pass up the opportunity to sample yet another Disney cheese board. I LOVE CHEESE! So it was a no brainer that I would order this as my starter.
($17) Assorted Bread and Seasonal Accoutrements
Before I show you the beautiful board…Here’s the cheese menu with descriptions…
That tiny loaf of heaven…truffle bread. I know…decadent. This was the first cheese board that I have had that did not have honey with it. I think my favorite was the Beecher’s Flagship Reserve cheddar.
Moving along to entrees. My husband and I had both been eyeing the cuts of meat we were going to order earlier in the evening at the butcher’s window. Upon Chef Sicilia’s recommendation, we ordered the strip and the rib-eye.
16 oz Boneless Rib-Eye
($43) Sweet Onion Jam, Bone Marrow, Brioche, and Red Wine Butter
This was my husband’s selection. The steak was cooked just as ordered. I tried a bit of the marrow as I had NEVER sampled it before, but I just couldn’t move past the fact of what it was.
12 oz Prime New York Strip Steak
($45) Gruyère Potato Gratin and Peppercorn-Brandy Sauce
This was my entrée and I unabashedly consumed my entire portion of steak. While I wasn’t as impressed with the gratin, my dining companion Kriss was happy to finish it for me.
We opted for one side which was especially delicious.
($8) Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gruyère
At this point in the meal we were all stuffed…however…the desserts on the menu looked too appealing to pass up. here are the two that the table split.
Habanero-infused Flourless Chocolate Cake
($8) Mango Compote and Lime Sorbet
Oh my! Do I love chocolate and citrus! What a pairing. The lime sorbet was tangy and paired perfectly with the bittersweet of the chocolate cake.
Peanut Butter and Pretzel Gianduja Cake
($11) Salted Caramel Gelato and Liquid Ganache
I couldn’t decide which one I liked more! Can you tell I’m a chocoholic? Another stellar frozen component paired with a perfect chocolate cake..and how they got the writing on that chocolate curl, the world may never know.
Overall this was a Disney Signature Dining experience which could hold it’s own amongst the fine dining establishments in Walt Disney World. Service was impeccable and the pace of our meal was timed perfectly.
If you are thinking of embarking on your own Yachtsman Steakhouse journey, be sure and book an advanced dining reservation through Disney Dining or risk being turned away. You can book online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. And be sure and tell Chef Sicilia that Amanda sent you.