REVIEW: Bistrot chez Remy
Having been awarded the beat new themed restaurant this past week, it was about time we have Bistrot Chez Remy a try. Situated in Walt Disney Studios in the Disneyland Paris Resort, the new restaurant is designed to look like you’ve been shrunk down to the size of a rat and are to be served culinary delights while surrounded by objects all created to be rat sized. Chairs are made of Champagne corks, tables from tin lids, plates as booth dividers and giant spoons holding giant candles. Every inch of this restaurant has had the most immense amount of thought put in to it. Before we discuss what it looks like, let’s get down to the food.
There is a good selection with a set adult menus starting at 29.99 and rising to 59.99. I chose to go mid range and ordered the Menu Emile. This began with a salad. I then chose the grilled steak (medium) and that was followed with a chocolate cake with Creme Anglais.
The food was generally very good although the chocolate cake was a little disappointing. Both the starter and main course were well prepared and tastes great. When you are spending a large sum of money on a meal you hope to get something worth the cost. Often in theme parks this isn’t the case but on this occasion, the service, food and atmosphere were more than worth the price I paid. Nothing was too much trouble for my server Samir. I watched on as he interacted with children around my table and made their experience at the restaurant very memorable. As if the surroundings were memorable enough!
Guests are first thrust in to the world of Ratatouille as they enter the restaurant’s lobby. There are real nods to elements of the film as well as wonderful touches on how successful Remy has been since opening his restaurant to the public.
As you are led into the main room, cast members set the scene for you before unveiling what is a pretty spectacular dining room. Every single thing has been thought through. I love the cocktail umbrellas above tables, chairs made from elements of champagne bottles and tables made from tin lids. It’s a restaurant that certainly has its own charm and shows just how good Disney Imagineers are when it comes to theming and show.
Overall I find it hard to fault my experience. I even enjoyed the Ratatouille that accompanied my meal that so many people seem to find disgusting. If I do have to be picky and find something, I have to say that the theming didn’t extend to the toilets. It’s a shame as it did let the experience down slightly. When Walt Disney World can build a kingdom for its Tangled toilets, I’m sure Disneyland Paris can stretch to theming theirs. If you are heading to the parks and want a decent meal in unique surroundings you can’t go far wrong with Bistrot Chez Remy.