Restaurant Review: Dinner at Ale & Compass
Let me just start by saying that if you have never eaten and Ale & Compass Restaurant inside Disney’s Yacht Club resort you need to make reservations RIGHT NOW! I had never had the pleasure of dining at Ale & Compass Restaurant before my last trip, and it was perfection.
We arrived a little early for our reservation, and the charming hostess told us that they would accommodate us as soon as possible and suggested we start with drinks at Ale & Compass Lounge. This turned out to be a wonderful suggestion.
Ale & Compass Lounge
Ale & Compass Lounge offers a wide variety of drinks that are sure to start your meal off right. They also can serve you the full menu from Ale & Compass Restaurant if you don’t have a reservation. How cool is that?!
We started with a Hudson Mule, Bourbon mixed with Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, and Ginger Beer, a Seaworthy Breeze, Vodka mixed with Grapefruit, and Cranberry Juice, and a Just Peachy, Peach Vodka Aperol, Bitters, Peach and Blood Orange. The fourth drink was a non-alcoholic Cranberry Splash, Sprite mixed with cranberry juice, which is not on the menu, but the bartender was happy to make it.
Ale & Compass Restaurant
The hostess came to get us when our table was ready, and we were able to take our drinks with us. Ale & Compass Restaurant was decorated elegantly, and yet simply. The waitstaff was incredibly friendly and helpful, everything was spotless, and the food was impeccable.
As an appetizer, we ordered the Parker House Rolls and Spreads to share. This appetizer comes with freshly-baked rolls served with Bacon Jam, Pub Cheese, and Citrus Butter. We all loved the Bacon Jam and Pub Cheese and felt that the Citrus Butter would be awesome for breakfast.
The first entree was the New England Seafood Pot Pie. This was a mixture of Shrimp, Scallops, Jumbo Lump Crab, and Sustainable Catch of the Day with Baby Carrots, Pearl Onions, Peas, Potatoes, and Crustacean Cream with a Flaky Crust. Unfortunately, a seafood allergy prevented me from sampling this, but my dinner companions raved about it.
Next, we ordered the Cabernet-braised Short Ribs. The ribs are typically served with a roasted vegetable medley, but I upgraded to Truffle Fries and Roasted Shallot Mayonnaise. It was unbelievably tender and delicious.
Our third entree was the 10-oz New York Angus Strip with MaÎtre d’Hôtel Butter, Truffle Fries, House-made Steak Sauce, and watercress salad. Cooked perfectly and very tasty!
Our last entree was the Pappardelle Pasta with Chicken. This pasta was blended with Spinach, Sauteed Mushrooms, Rebel Tomatoes, Roasted Garlic Cream, and Citrus Gremolata. Very rich and yet perfectly seasoned.
By this time we were all overly full, but Ale & Compass Restaurant also offers desserts that looked fantastic. Their three main desserts are Mango Torte Spiced Lemon Pound Cake, Warm Apple Cobbler, and a Twelve-Layer Chocolate Cake. I’m highly debating ordering all three next time and sharing them with everyone.