REVIEW: Prix Fixe Dining at Captain Jack’s Restaurant at Disneyland Paris
Captain Jack’s is a creole-inspired restaurant located at the northern end of Adventureland in Disneyland Paris. Featuring incredible theming, this restaurant (much like the Blue Bayou) is located inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride on the edge of the torch-lit lagoon.
Marketed as a table service restaurant, the best way to get seated is by reservation, particularly during the winter seasons as the restaurant is only open for lunch time service.
Being a huge Pirates of the Caribbean fan and a lover of the Blue Bayou during my California trip, my amazing partner booked me a surprise lunch reservation for my birthday.
Menu Trésor de Pirates (Pirates Treasure Menu)
We chose to eat from the Menu Trésor de Pirates, the cheapest of the three menu options, providing a starter, main and desert. À la carte options were available, although it didn’t save you much money.
Chopped Smoked Chicken with Green Papaya and Pickled Vegetables
As a rule, I am against eating salad in restaurants, as they are horribly overpriced for what is usually a bit of limp lettuce. This was not the case at Captain Jack’s.
This was a deliciously fresh salad, with smoked chicken and crunchy vegetables and nuts. It had a strong citrus taste and I happily polished off my plate. Despite choosing a cold starter on a snowy day, it was definitely the correct decision.
My partner fondly said, “It’s like eating cold fajitas.” I think he meant that as a compliment.
Alongside the starter, all diners are presented with an array of breads. The longer bread was maize and the square rolls were coconut flavoured. The coconut bread in particular tasted fantastic and was something I hadn’t experienced before.
The bread came with a mango chutney dipping sauce, although fairly viscous, it was wonderfully tangy and not too sweet.
My one complaint would be that the bread was cold. I wish they would’ve warmed it up a little.
By the time we received our mains, we had been in the restaurant for an hour and a half. This includes waiting to be seated, ordering, eating starters, and then waiting for our mains.
It seems that eating at Captain Jack’s is quite the dining experience, so if you have FastPasses, make sure to get them for later in the day as we missed ours.
Although not advertised as a character meal, Captain Jack Sparrow himself was wandering around the tables for a short while which provided a nice distraction.
Oven-baked Mahi-Mahi Fish Steak with Tomato, Coconut Sauce and Peppers
For our mains we both went fishy and chose the mahi-mahi fish. This was a fantastically meaty white fish, with a delicious creamy coconut and tomato sauce. Not dissimilar to a coconut ratatouille. It wasn’t quite what we were expecting, but still tasted good.
My partner’s was served with a portion of rice inside half a coconut shell. Unfortunately for me, the rice was cooked with butter, so instead I had a side of green beans.
Although this main dish was nice, it was a little underwhelming and I am not sure I would choose it again.
Shortbread, Roasted Pineapple and Bourbon-Vanilla Whipped Cream | Exotic Fruit Soup with Muscovado Sugar and Coconut Foam
My partner had the shortbread pineapple pie and I couldn’t help but have a nibble. It was incredible! A soft, half biscuit, half cake sweet base topped with a pineapple chutney and vanilla cream. This dessert is to die for! Easily the best thing we ate at Captain Jack’s.
I cannot say the same thing for the fruit salad. With layers of mango, kiwi and pineapple, this was liquidy and average, and nothing to inspire.
One of the things I love about this restaurant is that it is fairly quiet inside. Despite being part of the pirates ride, the large amount of set decorations help cushion the sound eliminating the echo which you get in many of the larger restaurants. They also help with the incredible theming. Easily the best theming of any restaurant.
Something I will say is that it is quite cold inside Captain Jack’s, so you may wish to bring another layer if visiting during the summer. I seem to remember Blue Bayou was also fairly chilly inside, so it must have to do with the ride.
The theming and ambiance of the restaurant is the main selling point for Captain Jack’s. Although we ate some delicious food, I wouldn’t recommend visiting this restaurant if you are looking for a standout culinary experience.
That being said, I would be more than happy to return as I love the theming and it gives me that magical Disney experience that I think is missing from some of the other restaurants.