Remy on the Disney Dream and Fantasy is a specialty dining option that specializes in French cuisine. Beware… This excellent service and outstanding food does not come cheap. Remy costs $85 per person! But, Remy is a delightful, extravagant, one-of-a-kind experience that handles gluten free diners with ease. It is a must for gluten free foodies!
The ambiance of Remy is breathtaking. The restaurant just oozes class and sophistication. The room that we had the pleasure of dining in was an exact replica of Gusteau's from the movie Ratatouille! This showmanship is something Disney World and Disney Cruise Line excels at. It was really fun to feel like we actually stepped foot into the movie and dined like Anton Ego, the food critic.
Every course that you are served comes out concealed with a classic food cover that is dramatically lifted to reveal the gorgeous plate underneath! I love this theatrical touch to the meal.
Our reservation was at 7:30, and we walked (rolled) out of Remy by 10:30! Three hours of dining on top notch French cuisine while staring out at the ocean? I honestly cannot think of a better evening.
Your waiter is well versed in gluten free dining and will review the menu with you. Victor from Portugal was amazing and told me what was naturally gluten free and what would need to be changed for a gluten free diner. The restaurant already knew that I am gluten free because it was on our cruise reservation. Make sure to make that note! Also, a head waiter that we met in the dining room on the first day called up to the restaurant, so they knew I have celiac disease and were prepared. I find it very important to make a connection with a head waiter on the first day because they will stick with you and make sure every meal goes smoothly throughout the cruise!
The food at Remy is absolutely top notch. Honestly, at Remy, I enjoyed some of the best and most creative foods I have ever eaten. You just have to be open to trying new things!
There are two tasting menus and a la carte options (to make your own tasting menu) for diners to choose from. First, the “Saveur” menu was created by the French chef, Arnaud Lallement. Second, the “Gout” menu was created by the American chef, Scott Hunnel, of Victoria and Albert’s in Walt Disney World. The chefs’ menus were both tasting menus with 5 courses. But, if a course does not sound good to you, you can take a course from the other menu and mix-and-match!
For gluten free options, the waiter told me that the French Saveur menu is practically gluten free as is! Since I wanted the full experience, I went with the French menu so that no components would be left out. I am happy I did because I felt like I tried some new things that I would have never tried otherwise. I guess I was feeling adventurous!
To begin, the waiter brings out an alcoholic cocktail for the drinkers in the party and a nonalcoholic cocktail for the others. The non-alcoholic drink was called the “Linguini” after the chef from the movie Ratatouille! Our waiter explained what was in the drink, but I honestly could not even tell you. It was fruity and delicious though!
Before our courses even started, the waiter placed what looked like a peculiar breaded cube down in front of us! For the full effect, he explained that it is best enjoyed in one bite. Additionally, he assured me that this was a specially made version using gluten free breadcrumbs. Yay! When you pop this cube into your mouth, it explodes with a warm, creamy tomato soup nestled inside the crunchy bread crumbs. This was such an excellent way to start off our meal and such a unique way to enjoy tomato soup!
I was served sliced gluten free tapioca rolls (Ener-G brand) with French butter and flaked sea salt. The French butter was amazingly creamy and sweet which paired perfectly topped with the sea salt. I wish the bread choice was better, but the toppings definitely made up for it!
Finally, the last surprise before our tasting menu actually began was salted caramel with macadamia nuts topped with a foie gras foam. This was… interesting! Another dish I would have never tried on my own. The foie gras had an earthiness like a mushroom or truffle, but I really could not pin down exactly what the foam was. Very interesting combination between the sweet, salty, and savory. By the way for those like me, clueless in the French luxury food department, when I got home, I Googled what foie gras is... it is the liver of a duck or a goose. Yes, I ate that!
Now, our tasting menu begins! My first course was pork belly topped with pork and grain mustard then topped with shaved raw vegetables. Victor added a vegetable foam on top of the dish when it came to the table. This course was a delicious combination of flavors (I love all things mustard), however it was probably my least favorite of all my courses because of the textures. But, still very good!
For my second course, I enjoyed the langoustine served on top of a bed of thinly sliced, spice marinated carrots, deep fried celery (yes! Finally a way to fix celery!), and a langoustine cream. The plate was accented with a spinach reduction. The langoustine was perfectly cooked and very tender. I really enjoyed this dish!
Next, the halibut was seared on one side which created a crispy crust. This beautifully cooked fish is served with braised onions and a white wine sauce. I literally wanted to lick the plate clean to get all of that amazingly creamy sauce (don’t worry, I controlled myself because I was trying to act fancy). The sauce had a sweetness, yet had that nice bite that wine provides. The fish and the sauce together were perfection.
The next course may just be my favorite of the night! This dish is lamb, cooked to a perfectly tender medium-rare, wrapped in chicken pate then pancetta. The lamb medallions were served atop blended chickpeas, like a hummus, and surrounded with spiced chickpeas. At the table, Victor poured a heavily spiced sauce in the middle of the plate. I could not pinpoint the exact flavors of the sauce, but the savory flavors paired perfectly with the mild hummus and salty pancetta. This course was a real explosion of flavor!
Imagine my excitement when I think we only have one course left, but Victor comes out pushing a large cart loaded with the best food on earth… cheese! Victor served each cheese explaining where it comes from and what it is. We chose to skip the blue cheese, and Victor left off the dried apricots (not sure if they were not gluten free or he just forgot). Among the delicious eight French cheeses we enjoyed, our favorites were the soft and creamy French brie, velvety goat cheese aged on ashes, and the orange hard cheese. The cheeses are served with Floridian honeycomb and gluten free Ener-G bread on the side.
Finally… the sweet ending! This dessert that came with the French Saveur menu is naturally gluten free, no changes required! How great is that? Personally, I love mint and chocolate together, so this dessert was perfect for me! Dusted with a layer of cocoa powder, they even make the plate look gorgeous! The dessert is a surprising, cold mint circle that is filled with a dark chocolate ganache in the middle. The mint reminded me of a sorbet texture which was perfect with the creamy ganache.
So, when you are midway through the outer mint ring, you hit a pool of molten chocolate which rushes out and mingles with the refreshing mint. The dessert is topped with a chocolate disk and… wait for it… edible gold! This dessert takes a classic combination of mint and chocolate and brings a new, unexpected and sophisticated twist to it that I absolutely loved.
Now for the sad part, the end of the meal. There are more surprises though! While the gluten diners get their gluten filled surprises, the waiter brought me two gluten free lollipops, cherry and banana flavored. I kept them as souvenirs that are sitting in my room as a memory of one of the best meals of my life. Will I eat them? Maybe one day.
What can I say about Remy? Simply amazing. The service is beyond anything I have experienced before and the food is inventive and delectable. On our next Disney Cruise (hopefully real soon), I hope to dine at Remy again and see what new surprises they offer!