Every Disneyland has a castle. And at each castle is a sit-down dinner for the full Princess experience. This time, we try the one in the latest Disney Resort in Shanghai.
Shanghai Disney Resort is the first without a specific princess castle. This is where “all the princesses live”. During your banquet, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy make their rounds to your table while you enjoy your meal. You receive plenty of time with each character and ample opportunities for photos (including PhotoPass).
The Royal Banquet Hall is inside the castle and the only table service restaurant. Unlike the one in Hong Kong, you cannot see the fireworks from inside the castle. So if you plan to have dinner and watch the fireworks, then you are out of luck.
The meal (¥368 per person) is a 3-course set menu with one of four appetiser choices, one of six entrée choices, and one of four dessert selection. You will need to book in advance from the Customer Service or you will be disappointed trying your luck at the door.
(PS: the menu has been expanded to include Chinese courses to suit local tastes.)
The butter is just simple butter but because of the embossed castle looked better. The buns were warm, quite normal and a bit stale – you know it’s from the central kitchen.
These specialty drinks are extra ¥99 per drink with the plastic cup (“Royal Castle” goblet) to bring home. The blue cocktail (without any alcohol) is the Prince’s Delight (green apple fruit flavour), and the red on is the Princess’ Delight (apple and orange juice with strawberry).
The goblets light up with flashing LEDs. The drinks are too sweet but just to complete the magic, all parents will dish out that extra. And the cut-out fruits are just irresistible – watermelon is Mickey and melon is Pooh.
As far as the dinner went, the appetisers were quite nice.
Crab Cake Topped with Mango Salsa
This was actually very delicious – the crispy crab cake with the tangy mango salsa were a perfect combination of warm and cold, savoury and sweet, crispy and mushy. Finished it all before you can spell out M-I-C-K-E-Y~M-O-U-S-E.
Royal Chef ’s Salad with Chicken Breast
The main selling point is the boiled egg that has Mickey’s face on it. Served a vinaigrette or ranch dressing.
Seasonal Selection Appetiser
The special appetiser is a special foie gras with mixed nuts on a bed of pâté mousse. This is the bread killer, as we just smothered the pate on the breads.
All the main courses turned out to be nicely plated, but tastes wise were quite below par, just like most of the Western restaurants in China. I guess they have to cater to local tastes, and it would not be a surprise before the castle becomes the first one to serve Chinese food.
(PS: And they eventually did.)
Pan Fried King Fish Roasted Vegetables and Red Wine Sauce
The fish came cold. And what’s worse than a cold piece of fish.
Duck a l’Orange
Very dry pieces of duck, wanted to do a confit but turned out disastrous. And the sauce seemed to come out of the jar of jam.
Lamb Pot Roast with Braised Root Vegetables
Turned out to be the best for the evening.
Cinderella’s Chocolate Slipper
A feast for the eyes was Cinderella’s Chocolate Slipper, which came elegantly arranged on a gigantic (and heavy) glass plate. The slipper was made from white chocolate, the orange macaron placed on a quenelle of cream. It was Instagram perfect.
Prince Charming’s Chocolate Trio
Olaf made an appearance on the “charming” plate of mango mousse chocolate cake, dark chocolate ice cream and vanilla Chantilly. And I wondered if the chocolate printer ran out of ink.
Elsa’s White Chocolate Dome with Strawberry Ice-cream
Elsa’s dessert was light and fruity. It wasn’t anything too special, but when it comes to macarons and ice cream, what can go wrong? Elsa did appear a bit too pale – same printer problem?
The service has been attentive, and the main hall well decorated with Disney Princess theme. Perhaps you’re able to justify that, or you ascribe an additional value to dining inside Enchanted Storybook Castle, but food wise, Royal Banquet Hall simply does not measure up to that. And missing the fireworks on our only day there really sucked.
Date Visited : Jun 2017