This week’s big Disney post is a review of the restaurant Auberge de Cendrillon at Disneyland Paris, it’s situated in the main park. It offers character dining, which is the reason we ate there, as that’s a big thing for Little Miss but not only that, it’s princess character dining, ad we all know how much she loves her princesses. We ate here on our October 2015 trip and it was just Little Miss and I, however she shared with me as at the time her appetite was terrible. Despite being 3, everyone was perfectly okay with this, even when she announced “I’m here to meet not eat” ever the charmer my girl.
The restaurant itself is situated behind Sleeping Beauty Castle in Fantasyland. Right next to the main entrance there is the famous Cinderella statue similar to the one found in other Disney parks. It’s quite easy to find as there is a beautiful Cinderella coach standing in the courtyard, so even if you miss the restaurant the beautiful golden & cream coach will definitely catch your eye. Incase you haven’t guessed from the name, the restaurant’s theme is Cinderella and the main building design is based on the Tremaine family home. There are little touches of the story of Cinderella throughout and it has a very royal theme to it. When you first enter you step up to the check in desk. This is one of the restaurants you really do need to book in advance if you want to eat here, we went during an off peak period and it was still packed. While waiting for you table to be ready you can sit in the lobby to the left of the desk, it really does remind you of a royal palour. Despite Little Miss being dressed as Snow White, I still felt very under dressed with our rain coats, hats and scarves, but for me that just means that the theming is on point.
We didn’t wait long for our table to be ready, despite the fact it was very busy the day we went and we were shown into the main restaurant. Like the lobby it was beautiful. The walls were filled with pictures and words depicting the story of Cinderella. My main fault for the restaurant was how close together all the tables were. It certainly wasn’t thought out in regards to the size of the dresses the princesses were wearing. Although we were in the middle of the restaurant, we were sat right in front of the doors to the kitchen giving a little space behind us for the princesses to greet Little Miss, however some tables weren’t quite so lucky. If i’m brutally honest, this is quite the norm when it comes to character dining restaurants. As they’re a huge money spinner they try to fit as many people in as possible. If you do decide to do character dining this is something you just have to accept and make the best of. It’s important to be courteous and keep all belongs under the table so none of the staff trip. However, I did feel the table was smaller than some places I’ve eaten, there wasn’t even enough room for my main plate a drink let alone anything else like a camera which I ended up keeping in my lap!
The staff were very attentive. Once we were settled our menus were brought over. As I mentioned above we didn’t end up ordering anything for Little Miss and she only drank water. You can see a current menu for the restaurant with prices here. The Prince’s cocktail was brought over immediately which I think was a mix of orange and possibly mango juice, it’s the only drink included but there are other drinks available at an extra cost. I just stuck to the Prince’s cocktail. The amuse bouche which I didn’t photograph as that’s what LM ate, was cheese choux pastry puffs, and they were pretty good (she gave me one). Once we had both of these in front of us, the waiter came over and introduced himself to us before taking out order. I opted for the Ham Salad with Figs then the Chicken Breast in a Creamy Truffle Sauce and the Cinderella Slipper dessert. It’s important to note that the food served at Auberge de Cendrillon is very French.
Like with all the set menu restaurants the starter was out on the table before LM had finished her choux pastry puffs. Having worked in a restaurant with a set menu I know this is to do with the fact only having a few dishes on the go at once means the turn around is quicker. It has nothing to do with things not being made to order. The fig and ham salad looked incredibly and tasted very fresh. I was happy to see that the ham was in fact prosciutto. Little Miss ate all my breadsticks but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. The main however, wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. The chicken was absolutely delicious and well cooked but still moist. The truffle sauce was right up my street too however the purees and vegetables weren’t my thing. For starters, there was barely anything there to even taste it properly as far as the purees are concerned. One was supposed to be sweet potato, one vitelotte potato and one regular potato.. however to me as there was so little they all tasted the same. Not only that but they we’re smooth and had quite a gritty texture, something I wasn’t expecting. The veg was the same, very tasteless. Maybe they felt because the chicken and truffle sauce was so flavoursome they didn’t make an effort with accompaniments but it did make the main meal very disappointment. Thankfully the dessert mostly made up for it. I say mostly as the the presentation was a little sloppy and it also had these weird gummies that went along with it weren’t really nice and despite tasting them all, they ended up forgotten. The white chocolate shoe with chocolate mousse inside was absolutely delicious. The mousse reminded me a lot of the grey stuff at Be Our Guest. I did want to steal the crockery that the starter and dessert came on! On the whole everything was well presented, it was such a shame that the taste wasn’t all there. at 66.99e per adult! However, being someone that often character dines while on a Disney holiday, I know you’re not really paying for the food, you’re paying for the experience as a whole, and that I cannot fault.
We really lucked out that day with the characters that were there, as far as Little Miss was concerned anyway. We had Princess Aurora with Prince Philip, Cinderella, Princess Tiana as well as Suzie and Perla. For a meal at this price, 6-8 is the amount of characters I’d expect to see, and as Aurora is one of LM’s favourite princesses, she was over the moon. Suzie and Perla came to our table first just as we were sitting. As they are fur characters they don’t speak but Little Miss knows how to interact with a fur and she really enjoyed seeing them both, giving them kisses on the nose as they left. Then we had the pleasure of Aurora and Prince Philip who made the use of the space behind our table allowing Little Miss to get up and go to them. They engaged in a long conversation about Aurora’s friend Snow White (as that’s who LM was dressed as) and bless Prince Philip he really didn’t know what to do with her affectionate behaviour or tendency to monopolise their time. After they moved on we had Tiana. On a side note, I should mention LM has a very close relationship with Tiana in WDW so I was worried how she would be with someone who didn’t recognise her, however Tiana worked well with what she was given in regards to my daughter and although it was briefer than the time the other princesses spent with her, LM seemed to enjoy it. This is unfortunately no ones fault except my own because we do go to both parks. Tiana was perfect. Finally, Cinderella came to our table and everything was okay because she pulled LM into her lap and they had a long talk together. I don’t know how she knew it, but she seemed to know it’s exactly what Little Miss needed. LM feels like all the characters are her friends and Cinderella gave her that reassurance. It was magical and exactly what I’d paid for.
Over all, 66.99e seems a lot and if it was just for the food, it would be incredibly over priced for what you get. But for me, seeing Little Miss with the characters is worth the money, at least while I’m not paying for her. I probably wouldn’t pay over 100e (as for a child it’s 37e per head) for it though, where as I would for some of the other character dining experiences we have done across both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris resorts. However, Auberge de Cendrillon is the only princess dining experience at Disneyland Paris, so if you want to see multiple princesses, this is your best bet. And you never know, you may like the food more than I did!