Fleur de Lys is the Outdoor Kitchen in France during the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. This food booth is a perennial favorite no matter the season, and is always one of the best snack spots in Walt Disney World. In this dining review, we’ll look at the menu prices, share food photos, and offer thoughts on what is worth your money.
Among the slate of formidable World Showcase dining options, France has always reigned supreme. There’s the popular Chefs de France, plus two ‘top of class’ dining options: Monsieur Paul on the Signature Dining front and Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie, one of the best bakeries in all of Walt Disney World.
Festival after Epcot festival, the France booth lives up to the lofty reputation of the pavilion’s lofty dining reputation, as well as that of the host country, which is arguably the world’s culinary epicenter. This legacy continues with Fleur de Lys, which offers several excellent dishes that are well-deserving of the long lines it will draw throughout Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival…
Anyway, here’s a look at the menu for France’s Outdoor Kitchen:
Croissant au Fromage de Chèvre, Herbes et Ail Rôtie: Croissant with goat cheese, herbs, and roasted garlic (New)
Pan Bagnat Classique: The Niçoise Sandwich with house-made bread, albacore tuna mayonnaise, tomato, black olives, lettuce, and celery (New)
Salade de Lentilles à la Lyonnaise: French Green Lentil Salad with bacon and garlic sausage (New)
Beignet Caramélisé, Fourré Crème Vanille, Glacé au Caramel Fleur de Sel: Caramelized Beignet filled with vanilla cream and glazed with caramel fleur de sel
Of course, there are plenty of options on the alcohol menu for France’s Fleur de Lys Outdoor Kitchen:
French Wheat Draft Beer
VeRy Raspberry: Rosé wine with natural raspberry flavor
Grand Mimosa Cocktail with orange liqueur, Champagne, and orange juice
La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush: Vodka, orange vodka, and liqueur with white and red cranberry juice
Now our photos and reviews of each item…
Croissant au Fromage de Chèvre, Herbes et Ail Rôtie ($6.75) – This is a croissant with goat cheese, herbs, and roasted garlic.
From the outside, it’s not much to look at–a pretty unassuming item. And a pricey one at $6.75.
The inside tells the real story, with the tangy and earthy flavor of the goat cheese is contrasted nicely by the buttery crust, with the herbs providing further depth.
This is fantastic, far and away the best item at the France booth for the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. That’s high praise for this particular dish, but also an indictment of what follows…
Pan Bagnat Classique ($7) – This Niçoise Sandwich is prepared with house-made bread, albacore tuna mayonnaise, tomato, black olives, lettuce, and celery.
As served to us, this item is a joke. The tuna was tasty, but you almost need a magnifying glass to see the portion of it. 75% of our bread (which was nothing special) ended up being uncovered. Even if it came with triple the amount of tuna, we wouldn’t recommend it.
Salade de Lentilles à la Lyonnaise ($5.50) – French Green Lentil Salad with bacon and garlic sausage.
Sarah likes lentils, I do not. She thought these were pedestrian, and I was equally unimpressed. I’m not sure who the target audience is for this dish, but it’s certainly neither of us.
Beignet Caramélisé, Fourré Crème Vanille, Glacé au Caramel Fleur de Sel ($5.75) – Described on the menu as a “Caramelized Beignet Filled with Vanilla Cream and Glazed with Caramel Fleur de Sel.” That’s a fancy way to say donut.
I’m not entirely sure of what makes something a beignet v. a doughnut, or if it’s discretionary and they’re actually synonymous. However, if you ask the average guest to taste this and tell you whether it’s like a doughnut or beignet, they’ll say the former. The exterior caramel fleur de sel glaze is delicious, and almost enough to salvage this dessert or at least elevate it, but the coverage was insufficient on the one we ordered. The prevailing flavor of “cheap doughnut” came through loud and clear. Not recommended.
Overall, the Fleur de Lys Outdoor Kitchen at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a significant step backwards as compared to previous years. The croissant with goat cheese is the only standout item, and even that gets dinged for the high price. The other two savory snacks are nothing special, and a big downgrade from the duck and other prepared items here in the past.
The dessert is another disappointment, and nowhere near the ‘best of the fest,’ as is normally the case. France hasn’t always delivered at a 100% success rate, but this is the worst showing it has had at any event in the last ~5 years. Adding insult to injury, its lines are often among the longest of any Outdoor Kitchen. Consider skipping it entirely.
What do you think of France’s Fleur de Lys Outdoor Kitchen? Have you tried any of the food items at this booth? What did you like or dislike? Portion-size or quality-wise, did you have better or worse luck than us with what you ordered? Questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!