As day 180 is fast approaching, I have to finally decide if I want to try for a reservation at the V&A Chef’s Table. I have re-read every Forum post that mentions Chef’s Table - many thanks to folks like @bswan26, @keithlovesbeerandwaf, @davidjjenkins1961, and @mousematt (or rather “inactiveprofile”) who have posted lots of info about V&A and the Chef’s Table experience! It seems absolutely lovely, nevertheless I am still of two minds as to whether to go for it.
First a little bit of background. I would not describe DW or myself as “foodies”, namely because I absolutely detest the term and want to beat people who use it to death with a stale baguette. That being said, we both have worked in restaurants and are good scratch cooks (I have a Sous Vide, and I am not afraid to use it), so we deeply appreciate well prepared, well served food. However, lately we have been generally disappointed with fine dining experiences, often feeling that we could have prepared a much better meal ourselves and paired it with a far superior wine for a fraction of the cost.
On the other hand, a meal like at the Chef’s Table (or the Victoria Dining Room which would be my back-up reservation) is an experience - we may be able to make something that would rival each of the courses, but we would not be able to attempt all of them for a single sitting. And still enjoy the meal. And still be married.
On the other hand, we have had this sort of dining experience before - our “standard of excellence” is a multi-course fixed menu meal with paired wine that we had in Auxerre, France. My schoolboy French failed me when trying to translate the menu, but I am pretty sure that we had things that we would NEVER consider eating. I have fond memories of “the cheese guy” who spoke to us at length about our cheese preferences and the cheeses he had that day, chose them for us, and then told us what order we must eat them in (and watched us eat them to make sure).
On the other hand, rave reviews! Great photos!
On the other hand, numerous disappointing Disney dining experiences. I’m looking at you, Chefs de France…
Like Tevye, I am running out of hands (kudos to the theatre geeks who get the reference). Help me Liner friends, you’re my only hope!