Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Monsieur Paul - Epcot

Last week, my daughters and I had dinner at Monsieur Paul, a signature dining restaurant in the France Pavilion at Epcot.

We have dined at Chefs de France before, but this was our first time dining at Monsieur Paul.

Monsieur Paul is only open for dinner, and we had an advance dining reservations for 5:30 when they open.

We decided to dine at Monsieur Paul after our friends and former neighbors ate there over Thanksgiving Break, and said it is the best restaurant in Epcot, and one of their top five favorites in Orlando. Epcot is our favorite park for gluten free dining, so I knew we had to try it.

Monsieur Paul is not Disney owned and operated, so they do not have an allergy-friendly menu, but our server told me to pick an entree I would like to order, and they would make it gluten free for me.

My meal started with a gluten free Ener-G roll and my own pot of butter. It was heated well, but I do not enjoy Ener-G rolls, so I only had one bite. My gluten-eating daughters were excited to have delicious French bread with their meal.

For an entree, we ordered Monsieur Paul's signature dish, the black sea bass with potato scales and rosemary sauce. Our server told me that the side served with this entree can change, but that this naturally gluten free dish has been on their menu since the restaurant opened.

We were all happy to hear this, because it was heavenly. We all loved the fish with the crispy potatoes on top, and the rosemary cream sauce was divine. It was slightly sweet, and the presentation with the drizzle of chicken broth was beautiful. After we finished our fish, I noticed that everyone was still sampling the sauce left on our plates. My daughters shared an order of the sea bass, which was split for them in the kitchen.

I enjoyed my side of endive gratin, even though I am not a fan of endive. Our server assured me that it would not be bitter, and she was right. In hindsight, I probably should have asked for another side, but I am glad I tried it.

I am pretty sure that our server told me that the last four desserts on the dessert menu were naturally gluten free or could be modified to be gluten free.

I was having a hard time deciding what I wanted to order, so I asked our server for her recommendation, and chose la verrine pomme caramel with caramelized apples, meringue substituted for the shortbread, vanilla cream, green apple sorbet, and warm caramel sauce.

I loved how the white chocolate on top melted as the caramel sauce was poured over it. Surprisingly, the caramel sauce was not overly sweet, and overall, this was a delicious dessert.

My gluten-eating daughters loved their la sphere, but I was told that it could not be made gluten free.

Since we dined at Monsieur Paul, my daughter Emma has been talking about going back, so I am sure we will be dining there again soon. Unfortunately, Monsieur Paul does not give a discount to annual passholders, or Disney Vacation Club and Tables in Wonderland members. It was the most expensive meal we ate during our recent trip to Disney World, but I feel that the food was worth the cost.

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

What are your favorite gluten free options at Monsieur Paul?


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