When you envision French cuisine, vegan dishes are probably the last thing that comes to mind. The French are known for butter, cheese and heavy cream.
But there is one dish that leans more towards the veggie side that probably percolates to the front of your mind when I mention France and Disney. A dish perfected by that famous “little chef”. Any guesses?
Vegan Disney Food Review: Lunch at Les Chefs de France in Epcot
You can find the France pavilion in Epcot located along the World Showcase promenade in between the UK and Morocco. The pavilion is rather enchanting. Here you can wander through the perfectly manicured gardens, take in a street performance or the film Impressions de France, sample sorbet, shop the parfumerie or sit and enjoy a meal at Les Chefs de France.
Les Chefs de France Atmosphere
Les Chefs de France is a gorgeous building which resembles a traditional brassiere. It looks as if it were plucked right from the heart of Paris and transported to Epcot.
The exterior has intricate iron scrollwork detailing and a patina ceiling with highlights of brick and a weathered cobblestone entryway.
The interior of the restaurant has a small cafe feel to it. Large picture windows line the walls which look out onto the World Showcase Lagoon and promenade. It’s the perfect restaurant for people watching if you arrive early enough to score a coveted seat by the window.
Tables are pre set with white linen napkins and wine glasses. The woodwork is ornate as is the ceiling and intricate mosaic tile flooring.
Les Chefs de France Vegan Food Options
The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner. The vegan options remain the same for both services.
Your meal will begin with complementary bread service. A warm crusty baguette for sharing. Sadly the restaurant doesn’t carry Earth Balance vegan butter but they will be happy to bring you a dish of olive oil for dipping.
The only entree that is veganizable on the menu is the Lasagnes de légumes du soleil à l’huile d’olive au thym ($19.99) That’s fancy pants speak for Vegetable Lasagna.
This lasagna reads more like a ratatouille and is composed of zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, onions and tomato baked into thin layers of eggless pasta. It’s plated on a base of tomato sauce. You’ll need to request that the top layer of brûléed cheese be omitted from the dish.
I didn’t find the lasagna to be particularly overwhelming. But the price isn’t bad in comparison to other full service restaurants at Walt Disney World.
The real sell here is the atmosphere. And while I think there are better veagn options in Epcot, at least there is one option if your friends or family book a table here and bring you along.
Looking for ALL the vegan options in Epcot? Check out our comprehensive and up to date guide here – What’s Vegan in Epcot?