This review reflects our experience from March 2018.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is a beautiful victorian style resort located on the monorail line next to Magic Kingdom. This resort exudes elegance both inside and out. It offers great views of Seven Seas Lagoon and Cinderella’s Castle. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort features five table service restaurants, 1900 Park Fare, Victoria & Albert’s, Citricos, Narcoossee’s and the Grand Floridian Cafe, and one quick service restaurant, Gasparilla Island Grill. This is one of the most vegan friendly restaurants offering either vegan menus or options at every single restaurant.
We recently had dinner at the Grand Floridian Cafe. This restaurant is great for last minute reservations as it rarely books up. After being seated our server came to the table and I told her I would need to speak with a chef. She quickly alerted the chef and he came right out to speak with me. He informed me that the rolls were vegan and that he had vegan butter he would get for me. Additionally he said he could do the Miso-glazed Salmon with tofu instead or a pasta with garlic oil and various vegetables. I opted for the Miso-glazed Tofu.
Soon after our whole table ordered, the bread arrived with my vegan butter on its own dish. The bread had a great crispy outside and incredibly soft inside. These kind of rolls are always my favorite. My table guests got an appetizer so I helped myself to two rolls while we waited for what seemed like forever for our entrees.
My dish came out and smelled delicious. The tofu was coated in the miso-glaze and was very thick and tangy. The tofu was very firm and the glaze was generously spread all over it. The green beans were good but were slightly undercooked. Under the tofu was lemon sticky rice. I didn’t love the rice as it was a little too lemony for me, with rinds of lemon snuck in there.
The dish was delicious, I would definitely eat it again. My biggest issue with here was the lack of service. We were there for almost two hours and our server only stopped by a few times. We all wanted dessert, but by the time she finally came to ask we were all ready to get out of there. I watched two other large tables, who were seated after us, get served before us and left before we were even asked about dessert. After having dined at several other restaurants at the Grand Floridian I had higher standards for service here.
Would we go back?
Probably. The food was great, they have great brunch options too (tofu scramble, pancakes, waffles and avocado toast). But the service really turned me off.