Melyssa and the Mouse: A Newly Discovered Secret
Welcome to the next Melyssa and the Mouse, where the theme will continue to be food related (sorry, but not really because Disney food is amazing). This time, we really need to discuss the best kept secret in Disney Springs, and it’s not a new restaurant- it’s one that has been around for years, and one I’ve visited often on my numerous vacations to Walt Disney World but apparently never at the right time. It’s Raglan Road Brunch, which is only served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 3pm. While I’m sure many people are now yelling at their computer/phone screens that this brunch is amazing, I never really ventured to Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) prior to 4pm and/or on the weekends, so this gem was unknown to me. And what a pleasant surprise when we made lunch reservations and were handed a brunch menu at 2pm! So here’s some of the menu items that I’ve tried and you will see why I’ve gone back 3 times since moving to Florida in the past 3 months...
Firstly, since the menu is a brunch menu, there are still some favorites on there, including the fish and chips ($20.00) and the shepherd’s pie ($19.00)- which is amazing if you’ve never had it before. However, there are also some wonderful breakfast-y type foods on the menu, prepared in an Irish way that allow you to truly experience breakfast foods in a whole new way. I’ve tried a few of these items and let me tell you- they’re all delicious. On my first adventure there, I tried the Pork Hash Tagged ($15.00), which is made up of braised pork belly, scallions, and potato hash (think cubed tiny potatoes) served with 2 fried eggs on top. A simple meal, but it was a nice way to introduce me to this menu. I absolutely loved the potatoes but I felt the pork belly was a little lost in there. If you’re not an adventurous eater, though, this is a great meal with plenty to fill you up without worrying about not liking something.
On my second outing, which happened to also be for my birthday, I did decide to go for something a little more daring. I tried the Egg en Cocotte ($15.00), which is a farm fresh eggs baked with spinach, mushrooms, and Dubliner cheddar served with toast soldiers. This was the most UK sounding food I saw, so I went for it. Let me just tell you how unexpected it was, yet so absolutely wonderful. So the eggs come in a mini crockpot looking dish just swimming in this delectable cheese sauce with spinach and mushrooms to accompany them. They’re baked so the yolks were a little soft, but I loved the flavor of that with the cheddar. The toast soldiers were simply toast cut into strips, as you would do for finger sandwiches. However, the bread that they were made out of was similar to a sourdough and paired with the cheddar so well. Amazing!
During the Great Irish Hooley, I decided to go more toward the “unch” side of “brunch” and try their pie of the day, which happened to be a chicken pot pie ($19.00). It was made with a potato base and not really liquid inside but more of chicken and mushrooms buried in mashed potatoes and covered with a flakey pastry. It was so wonderful- the chicken was flavorful and not dry at all. I loved it and would definitely recommend getting this dish again, no matter if it was brunch, lunch, or dinner!
Some other items on the menu that I’ve snuck a taste of have included the Three Times a Boxty (sliced gammon topped with Dubliner cheddar sandwiched between 2 pan seared boxty potato cakes with a fried egg on top- definitely use a knife and fork with this one! $16.00) and the Full Irish (a full Irish breakfast with sausage, black and white pudding, bacon, roasted potatoes, mushrooms, fried eggs, and toasties- served in a skillet plate and ready for the devouring! $21.00 and more than enough food for 2 meals). Seriously, though, I have yet to order something off this menu that I haven’t liked.
The great thing about going for brunch is that the dessert menu still has the famous bread & butter pudding on it. If you’ve never had the bread pudding at Raglan Road, it’s absolutely the best bread pudding so far on property. The size of the serving is also perfect for sharing between at least 2 people and as become a staple for whenever we go to Raglan Road. While it’s called bread pudding, it’s also the least amount of “pudding” that I’ve had. It’s served in a tea cup and looks more like a muffin top placed in the cup. The inside contains some raisins but the light colored ones so the flavor isn’t too heavy, and it’s so moist that it practically melts in your mouth. But the best part of the bread pudding is the two little creamer containers of caramel sauce and a cream anglaise sauce that you can pour over your bread at your desire. Not too into sweet- pour a little. Have a crazy sweet tooth like me- soak it! I love it! It’s priced at $9.50, but it’s 100% shareable and so worth enjoying. If you're interested, All Ears posted the recipe so you can try this amazing dessert in your own home- check it out here!
So there you go- the best kept secret that has been hiding under my very nose for apparently years. I love making reservations for 1-2pm on the weekend and enjoying some delicious food while watching the Irish dancers and hearing the band play. If you want to go, make your reservations and then tag us in the pics so we can all be jealous of your time at Raglan Road Brunch!