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Scott Joseph

First Taste: Monsieur Paul opens at Epcot's France Pavilion

Published: December 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Monsieur Paul is the new restaurant that replaces the former Bistro de Paris at Epcot's France pavilion. It's a tribute to chef Paul Bocuse, and it features some of his signature dishes, such as the truffle soup that is served in Bocuse's restaurant near Lyon. The food is very good, but whether or not theme park visitors will embrace a restaurant with a soup that costs $29 a bowl remains to be seen.
Full review at scottjosephorlando.com.

Replies (8)

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: December 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Thank you, Scott.

And, as I posted on Twitter just now, whatever anyone ends up thinking about Monsieur Paul, let's give Disney huge, huge props for trying something this ambitious.

Anthony Murphy
Writer

Published: December 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM

It was always a kinda expensive location anyway
David Brown

Published: December 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Bearing in mind that Monsieur Paul's is very close to the International Gateway entrance to Epcot, which is itself within walking distance, (10 minutes or so) of the Beach and Yacht Club Resorts and the Boardwalk Resort, and not much further to the Swan and Dolphin Resorts, I think it will prove very popular with advance reservations. If I was staying in any of those resorts I'd be eating in Epcot a lot....
Scott Joseph

Published: December 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

David, it's interesting that you say that. Most people don't know that the original design of Epcot called for an entrance that would allow people to frequent the restaurants of World Showcase without having to pay admission to the park. That plan was squelched early on, but I know a lot of locals would be there more often if that were the case. It's hard to justify going out for an expensive dinner in a fine restaurant when you start with a "cover charge" of nearly $100 each!
David Brown

Published: December 19, 2012 at 3:45 PM

I didn't know that Scott, but I was thinking purely of guests already staying on site at a Disney hotel, most of whom have probably got park access tickets already. Certainly our experience was that unless you had advance reservations you could pretty much forget eating at any Disney table service restaurant so Disney don't appear to have a problem filling the tables....
But I guess Epcot must be unique in having so many good places to eat within a them park that requires you to have a ticket in order to eat there. We had unlimited park hopper tickets so could access Epcot as often as we wanted during our vacation but I wold never dream of booing a table there without such tickets...
Mike Gallagher

Published: December 19, 2012 at 6:34 PM

"but I wold never dream of booing a table there "

What'd the table do wrong, David? :)

71.226.19.76

Published: December 20, 2012 at 3:48 PM

There is a florida resident pass that's cheap where you get into Epcot after 5 for dinners, so if people are serious about dining at Epcot, it's not too expensive in that sense.
David Brown

Published: December 21, 2012 at 5:07 AM

"but I wold never dream of booing a table there "
What'd the table do wrong, David? :)


Ah, the perils of not spell-checking your posts... :(

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