Culinary Quest: French Market at Disneyland

| August 8, 2010

On a recent visit to Disneyland Park, my family and I decided it was time to make the French Market in New Orleans Square our next stop on the Culinary Quest. We expected great things, especially when considering its proximity to Cafe Orleans and Blue Bayou.

Like always, we tried to order as much variety as possible for a family of three. My wife ordered the seafood and chicken jambalaya for $12.49. This dish consisted of creole rice, zucchini, carrots, bell pepper, okra, tomato, spiced shrimp, crawfish, andouille sausage, and Cajun chicken. It was accompanied by steamed vegetables and cheddar cornbread. The best thing about this dish was the cheddar cornbread. While the cornbread was tasty, it is not a good sign when the best thing about an entree is the accompaniment. The jambalaya seemed overseasoned to the point that you couldn’t enjoy the distinct ingredients. Everything tasted like the seasoning.

Having not learned my lesson at the Plaza Inn (see that Culinary Quest for background), I ordered the roast beef royale topped with a cognac peppercorn jus. It was served with smashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and cheddar cornbread for $13.49. It sounded great, and the smashed potatoes and cheddar cornbread were outstanding. But the meat was meat. It was not the quality I would expect. Now I have learned that unless you are willing to pay for it at a table service restaurant, you shouldn’t order beef at Disneyland.

Andrew had the children’s sliced citrus chicken breast with rice. It was the same basic healthy chicken meal that you can get at other restaurants throughout the resort. We tasted it and were pleased with the texture and quality. The meal also included carrots, celery, grapes, and a beverage (milk, chocolate milk, juice box, or small bottled water) for $6.99. Children can also choose a macaroni and cheese plate. Toddlers can order cheesy macaroni with apple sauce and low-fat milk ($3.99).

We shared dessert, a French apple tart in a shortbread crust. This was our favorite item of the evening. It was delicious! Other desserts were available when we dined at French Market, including cheesecake and a sugar-free chocolate cake.

The best thing about French Market is its ambiance. Personally, I think it has one of the best seating areas in all of Disneyland. It is shady, covered, close to bathrooms, and has great views for watching people as well as being close to many e-ticket attractions. The French Market also has live entertainment that is thoroughly enjoyable.

I just wish the food matched the outstanding festive atmosphere. If you are counting carbs, I wouldn’t eat here, but if you are a member of the “I love carbs” fan club, then go ahead and order smashed potatoes, cheddar cornbread, and an apple tart. Just stay away from the meat.


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