Disney Dining Review: Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in France; EPCOT
Dinde BLT-turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and garlic aioli, $8.50; Croissant Jambon Fromage-ham, cheese, béchamel on a croissant $4.75; Bisque de Homard-lobster bisque $4.90; Napoleon $4.50; Kronenbourg 1664-Beer $6.57; Fanta $2.59
As you walk down the streets of Paris, EPCOT version, you could easily believe you are in an authentic French alley as you stroll past the fine French cuisine of Les Chefs de France, around a corner, past wine shops, gift shops, an ice cream shop, with the beautiful French style architecture and pleasant smells drifting out from Les Halles in the back of the French plaza. The Boulangerie Patisserie has relocated from the alley to Les Halles which is just a few steps down the cobblestone street. There are romantic tables strewn along the edges of the alley you just ventured down, and inside Les Halles you will find more tables and many standing counters as well. If you are only in search of a glass of wine, beer, gourmet coffee, or specialty beverage, there is a window just for you to the left of the café line. If it is something more you are looking for, you will likely find what appeals to you in the Boulangerie Patisserie. Having tried mostly everything from the previous location and menu, I was eager to try the newer items on the menu.
My lunch partner and I delighted in seeing so many French pastries, sandwiches, salads, soup, and beverages available! It was truly difficult to make up our minds on what to try. Everything is so appetizingly fresh looking and beautifully displayed as well. It is helpful that prices and menu items are posted on screens as you work your way through the line, and then have an opportunity to see the actual items as you begin to order. The wait staff has always been very pleasant and patient as we made up our minds. We have been here several times and that has always been the case. We chose our favorite Ham and Cheese Croissant because we just have to have that every time we are here, the Lobster Bisque as we had had it previously in Les Chefs de France and wanted to see if it was the same. We also chose a new to us sandwich the Dinde BLT, then chose a Napoleon for dessert. It was a hot day so we opted to try a French Beer and a Fanta.
We requested the Croissant be toasted and it was done perfectly. The variety of ham and the melty goodness of the Gruyere cheese are perfectly suited to the flaky croissant sandwich. We are convinced this is one of the best kept secrets of the EPCOT food experience. It is well worth the price! The BLT was served cold and it was also very satisfying. The turkey was delicious with the fresh tomato slices, baguette, and strips of bacon, hmm, it was amazing. The flavors and textures blended perfectly. The Lobster Bisque was rich and flavorful, just as we had experienced in Les Chefs de France. This is one of my new must-haves at Boulangerie Patisserie.
Now to dessert! Our Napoleon was a delicious pairing of light, flaky layers of puff pastry and creamy goodness of velvety cream. It is the perfect finish to a light lunch. We have had the Chocolate Mousse previously and it is always delicious! We plan on coming back later today to get the Mousse au Chocolat $4.50 for our “second dessert” and Pain Au Chocolat-chocolate croissant $3.35 and a Frangipane-almond filled puff pastry $3.70 for breakfast tomorrow. (And Yes! They were equally delicious.)
F-Food: We enjoyed everything we purchased at the meal for this review. We have eaten here many, many times and have been pleased with everything we ordered with the exception of a raspberry macaroon. The food is rich, but not overly so. It is a delicious array for the eyes and palate. This is at the top of my favorites and must-go-to every time I am at EPCOT eateries.
A-Atmosphere: I liked the coziness of the previous location(which is now an ice cream shop) for the café, but appreciate the efforts made to accommodate more customers quickly in the newer location. But eating inside right next to the gift shop quickly reminds you that you are at a Disney quick service restaurant. You cannot beat the atmosphere of the little tables along the alley leading into Les Halles. I prefer eating outside to the noise that naturally occurs at the tables inside. You can easily forget that you are in EPCOT and not in Paris. It truly is a delightful experience to eat here.
S-Service: The servers behind those beautiful glass cases of yumminess are some of the friendliest and patient servers I have had at Disney. You won’t find a problem with service here.
T-Tips: I recommend someone in your party grabbing a table and the number of chairs you need to secure a spot to eat in the romantic alleyway outside. The rest of the party can then go in and order what they want to eat. There are restrooms located along the far wall of the restaurant.
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