Vegan options at Bistrot Chez Rémy DLP
When we visited Disneyland Paris recently (October 2021) we knew we had to go back to Bistrot Chez Rémy (I will refer to it as Rémy’s in this article) as it is the best themed restaurant in the Parks. Rémy’s is based in the Walt Disney Studios Park in the Paris based section which also houses the Ratatouille : L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy attraction and a gift shop.
Rémy’s is a table service restaurant so completely sit down which is nice when your feet are aching from being in the Parks. There is no dedicated vegan menu here so I will detail what modifications have to be made. As with any meal I have out I always explicitly state that I’m vegan just in case something has been changed about the menu or needs to be modified to my dietary requirements.
The restaurant is incredibly popular and only open during the day so it is difficult to get a reservation. I would definitely recommend booking two months out (the earliest you can book at DLP).
We were on a meal plan so had the “Linguini Menu”, the more expensive menu (“Menu Gusteau”) includes a vegetarian pasta main but I do not know if this is actually vegan. I believe the starter and dessert are the same as the cheaper meal option.
This starter wasn’t vegan by default, it is a seasonal vegetable soup with soft cheese (Laughing Cow) with the cheese omitted it was vegan. The starter also came with a large basket of cut pieces of baguette. The soup was pleasant enough, herby and a decent serving but the bread was the star of the meal! I adore proper French bread made with strong flour and for a restaurant that had a high table turn over this was actually a fairly good example, the crumb could’ve been a little more open but fairly good. I assume if you are not vegan this would be served with butter.
Next up came the main course / entreé, this was a vegetable and tofu navarin. Wikipedia describes this as “a French ragoût of lamb or mutton”. This meal consisted of a bed of beans, green beans, peas and onions topped with pieces of turnip and carrot and tofu cubes. Whilst everything was well cooked it was incredibly bland and dry. It really needed a flavourful source to bring it altogether which looking at pictures of navarin on Google, the dish should be like a stew rather than this assortment of dry vegetables on a plate. The dish is marked as vegetarian on the menu so I don’t know if something was omitted to make it vegan which would’ve brought it together better.
To finish we had the dreaded fruit soup. Fruit seems to be the default dessert for vegans in DLP so I wasn’t surprised when this dessert appeared. It was finely chopped apple, mango and pineapple in a fruit syrup topped with slices of orange in an ice cream sundae glass. This is the exact same dessert which is served in most restaurants at DLP. I can’t really say too much about this course because fruit is fruit. It was fresh but incredibly boring.
Drinks wise I had bottled water and my husband had a Coke Zero which was included in the flat price for the meal, these drinks are not bottomless like at American parks. We also had a bottle of red wine. I would recommend defaulting to the Naturalys (organic) wines and Googling whether they are vegan as you will have more success with these wines being suitable.
The theming in Rémy’s is why it’s well worth the visit. Despite not being blown away by the food being able to enjoy a bottle of wine in a restaurant with fantastic theming is well worth it. You do feel like you have been shrunk down to the size of a rat and the oversized items around the restaurant are incredibly sweet.
So I’m not raving about the food in Rémy’s but I would definitely visit again to enjoy the theming of the restaurant.
Written by elaine - Wednesday 17 November 2021
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