*This gluten free dining experience took place in May 2018.
Dinner at Enchanted Garden
On the second night of our 3-day cruise on the Disney Dream, we had dinner at Enchanted Garden. Located on deck 2, this restaurant is a part of 3 main dining rooms that guests rotate through on their Disney Cruise. We had enjoyed our embarkation lunch at Enchanted Garden the previous day and were interested to see how the main dining and evening impacted dining here.
Enchanted Garden is themed after the gardens of Versailles. And, you can see lots of garden inspired touches everywhere you go in the dining room. Having dined at Enchanted Garden for lunch, we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at dinner to see completely different lighting.
As you can see by the photos, Enchanted Garden looks like it’s twilight in France, complete a dimly lit fountain and soft lighting throughout the restaurant.
As our dinner started, we noticed that the restaurant was slightly brighter, and as the meal progressed the lighting shifted.
The lamps were also lit a beautiful pink that added a bit of color and charm to the meal.
While we were seated in the booths at lunch time, we found table 61 (our table in main dining throughout the cruise) to be situated near the middle of the restaurant. We were a bit close to the drink and food staging areas, which meant it was slightly busy, but also gave us lots of action to take in. All of the tables were nice and bright, which contrasted well with the decor and theming.
I have to admit, that Brandon and I were really not at all that hungry when we arrived at Enchanted Garden for dinner. We had brunch that morning at Palo, and I swear I was still full. But, we had promised our servers we would be at dinner since we would not the last day due to a dinner reservation at Remy. Plus, it was pirate night, and we totally had to wear our pirate bandanas to dinner.
I also have to admit that when we looked at the menu, neither of us were actually all that keen on the options. But, Noel, our server, came to the rescue and made some great recommendations for entrees that we both really enjoyed.
As you can see from the menu, there were a few gluten free options listed.
Prior to ordering, Noel brought out some Ener-G rolls again. I nibbled on these a bit, as they were well-heated. But, didn’t eat too much of them, since I was still not all that hungry.
Up first, Noel brought me a Spinach and Raspberry Salad with Baby Spinach tossed with fresh Raspberries, Toasted Pine Nuts, crumbled Gorgonzola, and a Raspberry Vinaigrette. This is gluten free and can be made dairy free by omitting the Gorgonzola. I was not a very big fan of this salad mostly because it was just too sweet for me. I definitely prefer my salads a bit more savory or to have a better balance of sweet and salty.
The other gluten free appetizer on the menu is the Cucumber Garden Roll. I know that Alexis from Alexis’s Gluten Free Adventures has tried it on her recent Disney Cruises, and I would probably try that on my next visit.
For my entree, I ordered Marjoram-Scented Roast Chicken served with Baked Crushed Sweet Potatoes, Buttered Baby Spinach, and a Thyme Red Wine Chicken Jus. This dish was gluten free. Even though I had ordered chicken the night before at Animator’s Palate, I chose chicken based on Noel’s recommendation and the fact that I had already had a version of the Slow-Roasted Prime Rib marked gluten free on the menu during embarkation.
I have to say that this was a much better chicken dish. I found the chicken to be very flavorful and the sweet potatoes and spinach were excellent accompaniments. Plus, the Thyme Red Wine Chicken Jus was just outstanding. I was pleasantly surprised at this recommendation and would definitely order it again.
While we were eating dinner, I noticed that the table next to us were being served Indian food. This isn’t listed on the menu, and I was curious how they got it, as I love Indian food. It turns out that Noel (who was from India) worked with the kitchen to prepare authentic Indian food for that table. I asked about it, and he mentioned that he could order me Indian food too. Since we weren’t going to be dining in main dining the next time due to Remy reservations, I was a bit bummed. But, the table who was served Indian food offered to share their food with me, if it was safe to do so. Noel ensured it that everything was gluten free and actually made me a small plate of Chicken Curry and Curry Potatoes with Basmatic Rice. How cool is that?!
And, I have to say that the plate I had was out of this world good. The curry chicken was super flavorful and the chicken was super tender. The potatoes were a bit spicy and went really well with the milder chicken curry. I was so surprised by the bonus food, and really wowed by the level of service from the team and the kindness of our next door table-mates. Talk about a magical dining moment!
As you can imagine, I was so full after my second plate with the Indian Food, that I really didn’t want dessert. Noel brought me some Mango Sorbet which is both gluten free and dairy free as something easy to finish the meal. Mango sorbet is usually one of my favorite sorbet flavors, but I found this one to be extremely freezer burnt. The taste was not the best and the texture was very icy.
Although I think both Brandon and I thought this would be the restaurant we liked the least for main dining, we were both pleasantly surprised by the flavors and quality of our main entrees. Neither of us loved our appetizers, but the entrees definitely made up for it. It’s not our favorite restaurant on the ship, but they do offer solid entree options and the theming of the restaurant is very lovely.
Have you been to Enchanted Garden for dinner? What did you order when you dined there?