Beauty and the Beast is without a doubt my favorite fairytale, not just from Disney, but overall. So, when Disney announced it would be opening a Beauty and the Beast restaurant, I knew I had to go. It took me longer than I would have liked, but I finally made it back to Disney World, and I made my reservation at Be Our Guest months in advance to make sure I would not miss out (though I am returning to Disney in November and I have been trying to get a reservation since they became available and no luck so far).
The restaurant was absolutely perfect. From the stain glass windows and large double doors at the entrance, to the interior decor, I felt like I had stepped right into the movie. Unfortunately, I did not dine in the main room, but in a smaller room off to the right with a large rotating center piece. I ordered my drink in a light up castle goblet, the food was amazing, and dessert was presented to us and prepared right there on a little rolling cart.
Which of course, brings me to the dessert. There were a couple of options that appealed to me, but I went with the Iconic “Grey Stuff.”
The presentation, as you can see, is beautiful, complete with a little hidden mickey drawn on the plate. The taste however, was disappointing. The grey stuff is the only part of this that is actually chocolate, and were it a rich chocolate it would have been perfect. If the filling beneath it had been a rich chocolate it would have been perfect. But while it is advertised as chocolate, there is very little chocolate flavor to it.
It is basically a white chocolate mousse (which is not actually chocolate at all) with some cookies blended into it.
Now, I am not saying it was bad, it is just built with the intent to be super chocolaty. I believe one of the other members of my party ordered it as well, and she loved it, but she is not a chocoholic like I am.
Also, I have seen pictures of different versions of the Grey Stuff, some show it on a chocolate cupcake, so maybe they are still toying with the plate, I will have to see when I return.
There are a few recipes for Grey Stuff floating around out there (none that appear to be official though), and I have also heard that you can request recipes from the restaurants at Disney. I am going to ask for this recipe when I am there in November and see if I cannot make my own extra-chocolate version. Maybe I can make a dark grey version with a chocolate mousse instead of a white chocolate.
I will definitely return to Be Our Guest, just next time I am ordering a different, more chocolaty dessert (whether it be a different version of the Grey Stuff or a different dessert all together). OH! And next time I will be doing a little more exploring while I am there.