When: March 27, 2018, 9:15 AM
Verdict? Not recommended
Given that Red Rose Taverne is a Beauty and the Beast-themed restaurant, and Beauty and the Beast is set in France, it’s nice (but not surprising) to see that the Taverne’s breakfast menu has a quintessentially French option: the Open-Faced Croque Madame.
I’m always excited when Disney creates dishes that are new, different, and themed. Let’s see if this holds up.
Presentation: functional, not fancy. You get the Madame itself (layers of egg, cheese and ham, sitting atop toast) and three thin slices of watermelon. It comes on the standard Disney Black Plastic Oval Plate™. It’s fine.
Ease of eating: low. I break out the knife and fork, and cut my way in to the Madame. The egg, cheese and ham all slice easily, but the bread is surprisingly tough. I find myself wishing for a table saw.
Flavor: Not great. Eating the Madame is messy business. The egg, cheese and ham create a ton of moist texture, but the bread doesn’t sop up the juices as much as push them around. It creates a wet mess. Once on the tongue, each ingredient sort-of, kind-of has something to say, but not really. The bread is chewy. The ham is vaguely salty. The cheese is flat. And the egg is good (it’s the best thing on the dish), but totally dragged down by everything else.
The watermelon, I’m happy to say, is fine. Not too soggy, not too watery. (And thoughtfully de-seeded.)
I applaud Disney for trying. It’s great to see new items in the parks. But this isn’t well-executed. You can see what they were trying to do, but they didn’t get there. The quality of everything is just too low.