James Rao
Writer

Published: June 11, 2010 at 3:13 AM

Thanks for the review, although it sounds like quite a disappointment. Here's to hoping someone from Universal reads your review and steps in to right the ship.... ;)
Scott Joseph

Published: June 10, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Thanks for the comment, James.
I was hoping Universal would add a full-service restaurant. It has only Mythos and Confisco Grille; I think it could support another waiter-service venue.
Scott
James Rao
Writer

Published: June 11, 2010 at 3:16 AM

Agreed. A full service option was something I expected as well. And as good as everything else in the WWoHP reportedly is, 3 Broomsticks should have given Mythos a run for its money. I guess Universal had to cut corners somewhere... tsk, tsk...
65.184.233.253

Published: June 11, 2010 at 3:49 AM

I am highly distressed by the review. Though American, I am quite a fan of several British/Irish dishes and hate to hear that my beloved Shepards Pie has been disrespected so significantly.

...Should have hired me, I cook a magnificent pie.

:(

Sounds like the intent was just another quick, grab-n-getout fast food eatery. Such a shame. Oh well, so long as the food stays tasty (and they continue to honor happy hour) at Confisco Grill, I will continue to do my dining there.

Cheers.

Joshua Counsil

Published: June 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Thank you, Scott. Great review, and further evidence of something we've been talking about the last few months - food improvement at theme parks.

Look at all the painstaking detail they went into making this restaurant. It's gorgeous. Then take a look at the picture of Scott's food. Shepherd's Pie in a plastic dish? And what the hell is on the side? I can't decide if it's supposed to be salad or side vegetables.

Shepherd's Pie and Fish 'n' Chips are not too difficult to get right, so how they screwed up the pie is beyond me. Also, the restaurant should be table service. When I pictured this place in my head, I thought of being served by a sassy, old, English witch. I pictured chairs that tucked themselves in when guests left. I thought of food served in wooden dishes and stone goblets. I did not picture fast food self-served in plastic trays. I'm not even sure they have plastic in the wizard world.

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: June 11, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Trouble is that a counter service place can serve many, many more people in an hour than can a table-service facility. That's why parks - ultimately, a volume business - keep opting for counter service restaurants.
24.110.76.37

Published: June 14, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Just visited the park two days ago and thoroughly enjoyed the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Although we bypassed Three Broomsticks and went to Mythos for lunch, we did visit Hogs Head tavern for a round of butterbeers (the frozen variety) which were enjoyable albeit a tad too sweet for my taste. Just imagine drinking butterscotch with a buttery foam head to it... The pub itself was attached to Three Broomsticks and just what I imagine an English pub would look like on the inside and they even serve Guinness and other ales for those who prefer an alcoholic beverage. All in all, we had a great time and would definitely recommend the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to all!