A Culinary Experience to be Savored at Steakhouse 71

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Like many Disney dining devotees, the news that the Wave …of American Flavors would be replaced troubled me. How could a new eating knowledge hope to exceed the Wave’s legacy? My relatives visited the new Steakhouse 71 for supper just beneath a 7 days immediately after its grand opening on Disney World’s 50th anniversary.  I went into the experience intrigued by the menu, hoping the cafe would meet up with my expectations. I was not upset. 

Steakhouse 71’s décor exemplifies Disney World’s fifty decades of creativeness. Vintage pictures of Walt Disney and his co-creators of the Florida Project line the eatery’s entryway, offering a glimpse into park heritage, and vibrant, Mary Blair-inspired murals grace the restaurant’s partitions, embodying Disney World’s whimsy. This is an unquestionable improvement after the sterile, mid-70’s feel of the Wave.   

Steakhouse 71’s dinner menu provides fresh flavors to the table with new entrees, which includes Chicken Chasseur and a Vegetable Wellington, and pays homage to Wave lover-favorites. For my meal, I chosen two appetizers: the Fork and Knife Caesar Salad and the Potato Brioche. The Fork and Knife Caesar salad lives up to its name. It comes with two mountainous hunks of lettuce generously drizzled with creamy Caesar dressing and topped with crunchy croutons. Though not an adventurous alternative, this salad was scrumptious. My only complaint was the excessive dressing.  Notwithstanding, the dressing was flawlessly garlicky with a hint of citrus.   

The Potato Brioche comes with two brioche rolls dusted with sea salt flakes and served with tomato jam and whipped butter. The dish’s presentation was elevated with rosemary sprigs, providing a pop of shade for the if not monochromatic bread and a 71 inscribed on the butter. The bread by itself was a excellent marriage between dense and fluffy textures and much more filling than I experienced expected, generating it fantastic to share. These scrumptious rolls pair superbly with the indulgently creamy butter and tomato jam, which pack a enjoyable but not overpowering sweetness that balances the bread’s saltiness. 

For dessert, my spouse and children shared two confections, 1 becoming the Apple Tart Tatin. This dessert consists of caramelized apples enrobed in pastry crust served with blackberry gelato. The warm apples are reminiscent of basic apple pie, and this regular taste is improved by the gelato’s tartness. While the crust contrasts the apples’ softness with a welcome crispness, it is tough to reduce. This dessert, while enjoyable, is not incredibly sweet. Those with a more powerful sweet tooth may well want to decide for the chocolate whiskey cake. 

The Steakhouse 71 Chocolate Cake features a whopping fifteen layers of cake and mousse, symbolizing the fifteen flooring of the Contemporary Vacation resort, according to our superb server. The cake by itself was sumptuously moist, and it was complemented by exquisite chocolate mousse. The cake delivers a wealthy chocolate taste with a whisper of whiskey. The refined, oaky taste elevates this dessert from an ordinary chocolate cake to a delicacy deserving of savoring.   

The provider at this restaurant is unbelievable.  Our server, Angela, was extremely instructive about the new menu and evidently very passionate about her occupation. Once we were seated, Angela inquired if we were being celebrating a specific occasion. My dad and mom knowledgeable her it was their anniversary. Later in the meal, she brought us our desserts, telling us the chocolate-whiskey cake would be free of charge as an anniversary reward from the employees. This delightful serendipity and superb service made our meal excess magical! 

Steakhouse 71 excels in atmosphere, food items, and company. Although this cafe has room to enhance and I continue to reminisce about the Wave’s marvelous menu, Steakhouse 71 has tested alone worthy of its predecessor in both of those quality and affordability.