Bratwurst Sausage @ Troubadour Tavern

Price: $8.19

When: January 9, 2016, 2:45 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

The Troubadour Tavern is a counter-service restaurant in the northern end of Fantasyland. It’s located right next to the Fantasyland Theater (and consequently gets pretty busy when people are queueing for “Mickey and the Magical Map.”)

The Troubadour has been on my “excited to try it” list for a while, if only because it seems to be aiming for a different segment of park guest. They don’t do burgers and fries; instead, it’s bratwurst and baked potatoes. And, while the menu is limited, their offerings sound good: “Bratwurst Sausage in a Garlic & Herb Brioche with Hickory Smoked Bacon Sauerkraut.” I mean … yeah! That sounds like it could be great!

So we order.

The bratwurst arrived, and I was disappointed. It doesn’t come in a tray, but instead arrives wrapped in a blue foil envelope. The sauerkraut does a ride-along in a small plastic container. You’re supposed to shake the dog out of the foil, and dump the kraut on top. It’s a total DIY in the presentation department. I don’t quite know what I was expecting, but this felt like a letdown.

The bun and sausage are both of higher quality than I’ve seen elsewhere in the park. The bun isn’t more flavorful than others I’ve eaten (which is odd, given the “Garlic & Herb” angle), but it is objectively a better bun. And the sausage, for its part, is a perfectly fine, if unremarkable, sausage. It’s well-cooked, and fairly moist.

So is this a good dish? Not really.

There’s no real, intrinsic flavor to this package. The bun is oddly inert. The sausage flavor is nice, but not powerful, so it can’t push a lot of volume on the tongue. And the sauerkraut is also too toned-down, flavor-wise, to contribute.

Pour enough brown mustard and ketchup on this, and it gets better. But as I’ve said about the burgers at Smokejumpers, if you’re banking on condiments, you’ve lost the argument.

This isn’t something I’d be excited to eat again. Which is a pity. Not recommended.