I’m not sure if I’m going to try to do a trip report this summer but I wanted to be sure to share our Victoria and Albert’s experience with everyone. Our group included 11 people, 6 adults and 5 kids (ages 21, 20 (still kids to me), 17, 13, and 10. Only the adults were invited to dine at V & A, the kids had dinner at Beaches and Cream and played mini golf–that’s fair, right?
After talking about it for years we finally decided to do it. I’m not sure that my husband and I would have ever book this dinner but it’s been something my friend has talked about for years. I have to admit, I was more than a little nervous about this as was one of our other diners. I poured over the menus and tried to decide what sounded safe but I was still nervous. I’m not picky but I was worried we would spend a lot of money on this meal and I wouldn’t like it.
We wanted to have dinner early in our trip to make sure we wouldn’t be tired of eating so we booked it for our first full day. We picked the 5:30 seating so we would still be awake at the end of our dinner. :laugh:
We arrived at the Grand Floridian about 30 minutes before our reservation so we shared a bottle of wine in the lounge. We ordered one of our favorite wines and it was just enough for the six of us to have a glass and share a toast to start our evening.
I didn’t take any pictures before, during, or after dinner. In fact, I didn’t even take my camera. I wanted to enjoy our evening and I knew trying to take pictures would be a huge distraction.
We were seated at a round table right next to a gentleman playing a harp. Our server for the evening was Allen and he was excellent. I can’t remember his assistant’s name but it may come to me later. Allen was excellent and made everyone feel at ease as soon as we were seated. We were each handed a personalized menu and a vegetarian menu was placed in the center of the table in case someone wanted a meat free option. Allen went through the menu with us and did an excellent job of explaining each selection on the menu.
We were told we were to make a selection from each course and we would order everything at one time. I didn’t have any trouble making my selections and my husband made his selections based on mine. Most of us added the wine paring as well. I decided to split mine which meant I got wine with 3 of my courses and the other person also got three glasses of wine. My husband wanted wine with every course. I was worried six glasses would be too much wine for me and I think I was right. Each pour is only about 4 ounces but it’s still six glasses of wine.
We started with a champagne toast. The one person in our party who didn’t order the wine pairing was also offered a glass of champagne, I thought that was a nice touch. Our server even refilled his glass when it was about half empty. This was the only wine that I think we all got a second glass of. It was good but it was my least favorite of all the wines.