Narcoossee’s Sunday Brunch

On Sundays from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. brunch is served at the Grand Floridian Resort’s waterfront restaurant, Narcoossee’s…

We had a 10:00 a.m. reservation for 4 (my brother-in-law joined us for this meal) and were seated (per my request) at a table by the window, with a lovely view of Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain and Cinderella’s castle.

Here is their brunch menu from which we made our choices…

Our first decision was whether we wanted a Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or glass of Prosecco (all of which were included in the $69 price of this brunch).  Though smoothies are available for children or those who would prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, all four of us chose either a Bloody Mary or Mimosa…

My son and I both chose to have a Bloody Mary and were very happy with our choice…

This had just the right amount of vodka and tomato juice with a bit of spice.  With the additions of a crab leg, jumbo shrimp, blue cheese stuffed olive, celery stalk and slice of bacon this made for a great Bloody Mary.  My daughter and brother-in-law went with Mimosas and I heard no regrets regarding their decision.

My brother-in-law and I both also wanted coffee so our server brought us a French press pot to share (at no extra charge)…

 

At dinner they charge $8.00 per person for this press pot of coffee.

Next they brought us a basket of pastries to our table for us to share…

This had two each of cheese danish, croissants, and lemon mini-muffins.  I had one of the danish and it was good.

Then it was time for each of us to choose our appetizer…

With just a few exceptions, neither my son or daughter like seafood or salad so that left only the…

Artisanal Cheese Selection – Four Tasting Portions from Around the World served with slices of Proscuitto & Accompaniments

Here is a list of the four included cheeses…

Not being fans of blue cheeses, I got to enjoy the two portions of Gorgonzola but the other three cheeses and the proscuitto ham they quickly devoured.

For his appetizer, my brother-in-law chose and enjoyed the…

Salmon Rillette with Fine Herbs Bavarois, served with toasted cranberry baguette slices

And a closer look…

 

As for me, I went with…

Shrimp and Grits – Grilled Shrimp served with Creamy Antebellum Grits, Green Tomato Chow-chow (relish), and bits of Cherrywood Bacon

And a closer look…

This was delicious!  I really enjoyed both the grilled shrimp (I think there were 4 or 5) and the creamy, cheesy grits.

Next we had a choice of seven different entrees…

My brother-in-law chose the…

Lobster Eggs Benedict – Toasted English Muffin, Butter-poached Maine Lobster, Country Ham, Soft-poached Eggs, and Citrus Hollandaise

My son and daughter also both wanted Eggs Benedict, but neither will eat lobster so they asked and received this entree sans lobster…

All three of them seemed to enjoy their Eggs Benedict. Personally, I didn’t think the version without the lobster looked all that great but it didn’t seem to bother them.

Though I had tried to get my kids to order different entrees (especially since they didn’t want the lobster, the special part of the Eggs Benedict), but it was a losing battle.  So it was all up to me to add some variety to our review.  The problem here was choosing.  All of the entrees appealed to me, so I made my decision based on my perceived value of the remaining 6 choices.  In other words, since I was paying $69 for this meal, I wanted the entree which would give me the most bang for my buck.  I determined this to be the…

Steak and Eggs – Black Angus Hanger Steak, Two Cage-free Brown Eggs-Any Style, Marble Potato Home Fries, and Truffle Aïoli

Another look at just the steak and eggs…

And a closer view…

The star of this show was the steak…

Though I ordered my steak cooked “medium” it was served a little redder (less than medium) than I normally like it.  However, I decided to try it before sending back for more cooking and thought it was fine as is.

Though the eggs (I chose scrambled) weren’t anything special, the potatoes were pretty good…

I especially liked the truffle aioli and wished there was more of it on the potatoes.

 

I also asked  if it might be possible for us to share a 5th entree and was told this was not a problem.

Brioche French Toast with Caramelized Forelle Pear and Fig Chutney and Whipped Mascarpone

And another look…

This was good but quite sweet and rich, so 1/2 slice for each of us was the perfect amount.  I would not want or be able to eat a full order of this French toast.

And the sweetness continued with our Trio of Desserts…

And another look…

We received two of these plates for the 4 of us to share.  Though all three desserts were good, we agreed that our favorite was the Triple Chocolate Cake

Coming in second was Valencia Blood Orange Bar

And that just leaves the Lemon Blueberry Timbale

All three desserts were surprising light and creamy, which is a good thing after having had a large, filling meal already.

Thankfully they accepted Tables in Wonderland for a 20% discount on the $69 price of this meal.  This brought the cost down to about $55 (plus tax and tip), which I thought was reasonable for the amount of food we were served plus the alcoholic beverages.  So overall this was a very good meal and I would rate it 4 1/2 stars.

 

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