Earlier this year when the Captain’s Grille went under refurbishment at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, we were all wondering what changes were going to be made to this dining establishment. Reservations have just opened today for the brand new Ale & Compass Restaurant for dining on November 26, 2017, and beyond for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
“Ale & Compass Restaurant (formerly Captain’s Grille) has been completely transformed into a New England gastropub – Disney-style. The on-stage ‘hearth’ oven area, where a select few diners can grab a seat, is the focal point of this warm and inviting space that is reminiscent of an off-shore lighthouse with rich, salvaged materials that are the decorative finishes.”
The New England-inspired menus have been developed by the Culinary Director for Disney’s Flavor Lab, Lenny DeGeorge and his team which is responsible for all new food and beverage concepts across Disney property. DeGeorge is from the Boston area and spent his summers in Cape Cod, so it’s no surprise that,
“The menu is inspired by all the great restaurants in the New England area that I have experienced growing up. The New England melting pot of flavors and ingredients from Italy, Portugal, and England, coupled with central Florida influences, are present on the menu that delivers modern gastropub classics.”
Choices on the menu include Blueberry-Bacon Pancakes for breakfast, and a Mushroom, Caramelized Onion, and Gruyere Cheeseburger for lunch.
The dinner menu includes Fried Chicken and Waffles with House-made Pickles and Orange-Chili Honey and a Coastal Clambake (1/2 Maine Lobster, Clams, Corn, and Potatoes).
For dessert, Flavor Lab Executive Pastry Chef Stefan Riemer created a Lemon “Curd” Meringue Pie and a Twelve-Layer Chocolate Cake (Flourless Chocolate Cake and Ganache served with Milk-Coffee Chantilly).
The re-imagined and expanded Ale & Compass Lounge will also open to guests beginning November 26. Classic cocktails will be showcased here along with New England and local beers and wine. The menu in the lounge will offer light bites like Caramelized Leek and Chorizo White Clam Hearth “Pie,” Oven Roasted Oysters, and Parker House Rolls with spreads of Bacon Jam, Pub Cheese, and Smoked Trout.
Reservations for Ale & Compass are accepted 180-days in advance and can be made online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
Source: Disney Parks Blog