*This gluten free dining experience took place in January 2020. It includes information about dairy free options, as well as a review of fish/shellfish free, peanut free, cabbage free, hazelnut free, and chicken & turkey free options.
Dinner at Enchanted Garden
Enchanted Garden just might be our favorite rotational dining restaurant located on the Disney Dream for its atmosphere and for excellent meal options. On our recent 3-day cruise on the Disney Dream in January 2020, Enchanted Garden was our rotational dining for the final night of of our cruise. Both Brandon and I had been looking forward to it, and I was especially looking forward to the new allergy-friendly menu options there.
Enchanted Garden is themed after the Gardens of Versailles. You’ll begin your meal in a bright and cheerful restaurant and as your meal continues, you’ll experience sunset in the gardens.
I’ll admit that on our first Disney Cruise together, both Brandon and I weren’t all that excited about eating at Enchanted Garden based on its menus descriptions. But, since then, we’ve been blown away by its charming decor and delicious food.
I absolutely love these artfully designed teacup style booths that line the restaurant. We’ve been lucky enough to dine in them on several cruises, though on this cruise, we were seated in a corner in the back of the restaurant.
The small but elegant fountain featuring Mickey Mouse also greets you when you enter the restaurant, and it’s definitely a great photo op as the restaurant lighting changes.
Our table was located in a tucked away corner of the restaurant near the portholes. Both Brandon and I enjoyed the location, which gave us a chance to look at the charming light fixtures, elegant carpet, and little hidden touches on the wall.
You’ll see beautiful trellis style decor. If you’ve ever seen photos of the Cafe Parisien from the Titanic, it harkens back to this cafe style restaurant both in style and theme.
Brandon and I did take the Art of the Theme tour several cruises ago on the Disney Dream, and the cast member who led the tour mentioned that classic ships inspired the DCL designs. So, I’m not surprised to see some similarities between Enchanted Garden and the Cafe Parisien.
Here’s a photo of our table. How cute are the chairs in this restaurant? They have the cutest flourishes that resemble a hot air balloon!
Since this was the last night of our cruise, we wanted to get some photos with our amazing service team. Our head server, Sudhir, did an awesome job of making sure we were taken care of — and bonus, he totally hooked me up with Indian food throughout the cruise.
Our assistant server Gede was just a hoot. He kept us entertained and laughing throughout the cruise.
And, finally, our server Elisa was super friendly and made sure our special dietary needs were taken care of and that we had delicious food options every night. We couldn’t have asked for a better service team!
Like the other main rotational dining options on the Disney Dream, Enchanted Garden offered an allergy-friendly menu. I’m not going to lie. This was by far the allergy-friendly menu I was the most excited. Had this been the first night or a longer cruise, I would have tried a lot more of the options because everything sounded so good!
Up first, Gede always made sure Brandon and I had plenty of beverages. I enjoyed iced tea on our final night.
Our bread service included hummus and Ener-G gluten free and allergy-friendly rolls. Both Brandon and I really love these rolls when they are well-heated, and we lucked out with that this cruise for sure. Brandon wasn’t a fan of the hummus. But, I really enjoyed it for something different with our bread service.
For my starter, I ordered the Vegetable Potsticker which were Pan-Seared, served with a Citrus Slaw. These were marked as safe for Gluten/Wheat, Egg, Fish/Shellfish, Milk, Peanut/Tree Nut, and Soy Allergies on the allergy-friendly menu.
Omigosh. These were by far one of the best appetizers I’ve ever had on the Disney Cruise Line. These were outstanding and super flavorful. The exterior was crispy, and I loved the fresh flavors of the accompanying citrus slaw. Had I know they would be this good, I might have ordered them every night of the cruise. This was a hands down winner, and I hope DCL keeps these around!
Brandon’s first appetizer actually came from Royal Palace. He had somehow forgotten to order the Fried Brie during our dinner at Royal Palace. So, he asked our server Elisa for these for dinner on our last night.
This version of the fried Brie is fish/shellfish free, chicken & turkey free, cabbage free, peanut free, and hazelnut free. You can also pre-order a gluten free version of this too if you ask your server.
As always, these were a hit with Brandon, and he said he’d wish he’d order these every night because he enjoys the fried Brie so much.
For his other appetizer, Brandon also ordered the French Onion Soup from Royal Palace. It’s another favorite of his, and he wanted to get soup one last time before our cruise ended. This was safe for fish/shellfish, peanut, cabbage, hazelnuts, and chicken & turkey allergies.
Because of Brandon’s chicken & turkey allergies, soup can be super tricky to get because many soup’s have chicken broth or stock as its base. But, we’re always so glad he can get great soups on DCL because they use vegetable stock (typically) instead of meat-based versions.
I ended up getting two entrees on our visit to Enchanted Garden. The first was Caramelized Sea Scallops with Allergy-Friendly Pasta tossed in Cilantro-Pesto, Roasted Vine Tomatoes, and served with Roasted Meyer Lemon. This was marked safe for Gluten/Wheat, Egg, Fish, Milk, Peanut/Tree Nut, and Soy Allergies.
I admit, I wasn’t expecting to like this, as I’m not always a fan of pasta, especially on the Disney Cruise ships. But, this dish blew me away. The pasta was perfectly cooked and had a lovely pesto sauce that was flavorful and well-seasoned. And, the scallops were just perfection. I would 100% get this entree again. It was that good!
For Brandon’s entree, he chose the Slow-Roasted Prime Rib carved and served with Thyme-Roasted Vegetables, Fondant Potato, and Natural Jus. It was marked safe for Gluten/Wheat, Egg, Fish/Shellfish, Milk, Peanut/Tree Nut, and Soy Allergies. It was also chicken & turkey free too.
Overall, while it wasn’t Brandon’s favorite steak of the cruise, he said he enjoyed the prime rib and especially liked the fondant potatoes.
For my second entree, Sudhi made sure I got another Indian food platter. This time, I was served a spicy lamb curry and split peas. The peas were absolutely fabulous and definitely a little on the spicy side. I liked the lamb curry, but I’ll admit I’m not a huge lamb fan overall. Still, it was great to try a few different curries that I hadn’t had on previous cruises!
If you are interested in Indian food (whether it’s gluten free, vegan, or dairy free options), be sure to ask your server about pre-ordering this. It’s definitely one of my favorite hidden tips for cruising.
Because there were so many great things on the menu, I knew I had to order several of the allergy-friendly desserts. Brandon and I decided that splitting them was the way to go. Up first was the Carrot Cake served with Poached Carrot Strips and Berry Salad. It was marked safe for Gluten/Wheat, Egg, Fish/Shellfish, Milk, Peanut/Tree Nut, and Soy Allergies.
I really loved this dessert. It was surprisingly tasty, and I loved the cream cheese style frosting. This would definitely be a get again dessert!
For our second dessert, we ordered the Warm Apple Pudding served with Vanilla-Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert. It was marked safe for Gluten/Wheat, Egg, Fish/Shellfish, Milk, Peanut, and Soy Allergies.
At first, I think I liked this dessert better as it was heated, and I liked the apple compote on top. But, the cake itself was a little on the tough side. Overall though, it was a solid dessert that I’d get again despite the slightly tough/chewy cake.
If you want to see more about our cruise experience and our dining reviews as we experienced them, check out our cruise vlog!
Enchanted Garden never fails to disappoint on excellent entrees, wonderful theming, and a great meal experience. We’re looking forward to getting back on the Disney Dream and enjoying another great meal at Enchanted Garden. AND, I’m even more excited to dine there with a fantastic allergy-friendly menu.
Have you been on the Disney Dream? What was your experience at Enchanted Garden?