When: September 29, 2015, 12:25 PM
Verdict? Not recommended
Cafe Orleans is table-service restaurant in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square. It’s located smack-dab in the middle of the land, and offers guests indoor/outdoor seating, great views of the Rivers of America, and some excellent people-watching opportunities. It’s also notable for its menu, which is comprised of New Orleans-inspired dishes (think: gumbos, crepes, ragout, and so on).
Paul, Anna and I hit Cafe Orleans for lunch, and I started with the French Onion Soup.
Turns out that this is not the best way to begin your meal at Cafe Orleans.
I’m not snobbish about French Onion Soup: I enjoy it when it’s good, and have the sadz when it’s not. Usually, French Onion Soup fails because it goes too far along one ingredient axis – too salty, too much cheese, too bread-y, and so on.
In this case, the French Onion Soup failed because it was incredibly bland – it didn’t go far enough on any ingredient axis. The broth was brown water; the cheese was flavorless; the bread was soggy. The combination of these textures and flavors meant that the whole thing was no fun to eat. (And, in confession, I stopped after just a couple of bites.)
Paul theorized that this particular soup might have been made the night before, stored in the fridge, and reheated. That’s certainly possible, but if so it’s a shame. When you pay nearly $10 for soup, and it’s the first thing you’re served, you expect it to be flavorful and enjoyable. You certainly don’t expect bland, mushy, and disappointing.
UPDATE: As of February 2018, this dish is no longer available.