Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ale & Compass Restaurant - Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Last week, we had dinner at Ale & Compass Restaurant with my friend Sarah from Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW. If you have not done so already, be sure to check out her 2019 Gluten Free & Dairy Free Guide to Walt Disney World, which gives you the basics for visiting Disney World with a special diet.

Ale & Compass, a table service restaurant, replaced the Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club, and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Their allergy-friendly menu lists options for people with wheat/gluten, milk, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, peanut, and tree nut allergies.

You can always ask to speak to a chef, but I was comfortable ordering off the allergy-friendly menu, because I knew what I wanted to order, and I did not want any modifications to the dish.

I use Google Docs to create detailed itineraries for all our trips to Disney World. I often see recommendations for dishes at Disney restaurants on Facebook or Instagram, so I keep notes on food and drinks I want to try at the theme parks and Disney Resorts.

I ordered the brick lemon-herb half chicken based on a glowing recommendation on social media.

This entree featured duck fat roasted fingerling potatoes, broccolini, sauteed wild mushrooms, and pan jus. Everything on my plate was delicious, and the portion was quite large. The only thing that would prevent me from giving this dish an A+ is that I love crispy skin on chicken, and I was hoping it would be crispier, but that is just me being nitpicky.

My chicken was juicy and tender, and everything on my plate was seasoned perfectly. Broccolini and fingerling potatoes are two of my favorite vegetables, and they were just as amazing as the chicken at Ale & Compass.

There are so many amazing restaurants at Disney World, I can never dine at all of my favorites on any given trip. Plus, I always want to try new places, or revisit restaurants that I have not been to in a couple of years. One factor that often has me returning to Disney restaurants over and over again is a good gluten free dessert option beyond sorbet, ice cream, creme brulee, or allergy-friendly brownies and cookies. Well, I will definitely be returning to Ale & Compass again soon, because of their incredible twelve-layer chocolate cake, which everyone at the table decided to order. It is big enough to split if you are feeling full after your meal.

The twelve layer chocolate cake features a flourless chocolate cake and ganache served with milk chocolate chantilly. I was worried that it would be dense, and the chocolate would be too rich and overpowering, but that was not the case at all. I usually like a lot of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream with chocolate cake, but the twelve layer chocolate cake was perfect on its own. The milk chocolate chantilly cream on top with a hint of coffee was absolutely divine, and really took this cake to the next level. Selfishly, I hope this dish becomes their signature dessert, and never goes away. I had hoped to stop in the next night to ask about ingredients, but a sudden storm prevented us from doing so. I would guess that the cake is made with almond flour, but I could be wrong.

I really wanted my gluten-eating daughters to order the cabernet-braised short rib, so we could share two entrees, but they chose the oven-roasted meatballs, and the chipotle barbecued chicken flatbread, which both contain gluten. They did not like the sauce on the meatballs, or the toppings on the flatbread, so they are not super excited to go back to Ale & Compass, even though they loved the piece of chocolate cake that they shared.

I have heard that the cabernet-braised short rib is delicious, and I had a different version of it at the Captain's Grille a few years ago. I wrote this in an old review - "For my entree, I chose the Cabernet-braised short rib with corn risotto, pan jus reduction, and corn cream.  There was nothing not to love about this dish.  My short rib was incredibly tender, and it was well paired with the corn risotto and pan jus reduction. The corn cream, which is pureed corn and heavy cream, was delicious as well." Hopefully, the next time we visit Ale & Compass, my husband will be with us, and we can split the brick chicken and short rib entrees.

Overall, my meal at Ale & Compass was one of the best of our trip last week, and l look forward to returning again soon.

You can read more about Ale & Compass, view their menu and hours, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Ale & Compass Restaurant?


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