PHOTO REPORT: Tokyo Disneyland Trip Report (Eating at the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall) Part 4
My last post in my trip report of Tokyo Disney brought us to the Tokyo Disneyland park! As that post was rather lengthy, I skipped out on the dinner review. So, today we’re going to look at what it’s like to eat at the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall.
Outdoor Facade of Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall
The Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall is located in Fantasyland next to “it’s a small world” and across from Alice’s Tea Party. Typically, there is a line outside of the restaurant with cast members letting you know when you can through the glass doors and actually enter inside the restaurant. Don’t worry, this is a large restaurant and the line moves quickly. We actually didn’t even mind waiting, as there were cute Alice in Wonderland figurines to our left we could look at while waiting. The menu is also posted outside, with text in both Japanese and English in case you want to check out what they have before deciding to eat here. They also provide menus once inside the restaurant.
Inside the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall
Once you walk inside the restaurant, you are slapped in the face with high-quality theming. Even if you didn’t know what movie the restaurant was from, once inside, you would be able to tell from the whimsical colors, stained glass murals, and larger than life props from Alice in Wonderland. Florida, take note. This is how you theme a restaurant and do it well.
A cast member hands you a menu after waiting outside, and then you have a little bit longer until you enter the buffet-style type room where you get your food. Except instead of picking different types of food and adding them to your plate, you pick up a plate with your meal on it. You then go down the line and cast members will ask you what sides and drinks you want.
So, what’s on the menu? Glad you asked. For appetizers, you have a choice of Cream of Corn soup for 390 yen ($3.58 USD), Minestrone with Heart-Shaped Pasta for 410 yen ($3.76 USD), House Salad for 490 yen ($4.50 USD), Ceaser Salad for 700 yen ($6.43 USD) or a Chicken Salad for 960 yen ($8.81 USD.) We chose to forgo the appetizer as we knew we would be having dessert and went for the main course. For the main course you have the following options: Beef Patty with Demi-Glaze and Raspberry Sauce for 1,390 yen ($12.76 USD), a Flank Steak with Japanese Sauce for 1,450 yen ($13.31 USD), a Fried Seafood Assortment with Tartar Sauce for 1,210 yen ($11.11 USD), a Rotisserie Chicken with Garlic Seasoning for 1,380 ($12.76 USD), Grilled Swordfish with Tomato-Caper Sauce for 1,110 yen ($10.90 USD), and a children’s plate for 920 yen ($8.45 USD.) Last, but certainly not least, is the dessert. The first two choices are a Heart-Shaped Strawberry Mousse for 430 yen ($3.95 USD) and the Royal Chocolate Cake for 410 yen ($3.76 USD.) For us, there was a third “Special Cake” option due to the park currently celebrating its 35th anniversary. Being the journalist that I am and knowing that I was going to be writing a review for this restaurant when I got back home, we took one for the team and got the Special Cake for 1,100 yen ($10.10 USD.)
I decided on the Beef Patty with Demi-Glaze and Raspberry Sauce, and got potatoes, broccoli and a cherry tomato on the side. I’m not entirely sure what I thought this going to be––maybe more of a meatloaf than an actual beef patty (even though that’s the name of the dish) but that’s exactly what I got. Imagine you had a hamburger, took off the two buns, and slapped it on the plate and covered it in sauces. That’s what this dish is. That being said, I didn’t hate it. The demi-glaze, cheese and meat all went together nicely and had a bit of sweetness from the sliver of raspberry sauce they put on top of the meat. The only critique I had was that I wished there was more raspberry, but I also love all things raspberry. As for the sides, the broccoli was a little soggy and a bit flavorless, but at least you get your greens! The potatoes were fantastic. Not much needs to be said for the cherry tomato, but I did like the inclusion of the heart-shaped cracker I got with my dish. While this might not look like the most appetizing dish out there, it certainly packed a lot of flavors and I would eat it again.
My boyfriend went with the Flank Steak with Japanese Sauce and got the same exact sides that I got. He said that it was good, and after eating dessert, he was certainly full. The dish comes with three pieces of steak, which were described to me as “soft and tender.” The sauce on the side was good and tangy, though he did wish that there was more. When I asked if he would get it again, I was met with an enthusiastic “yes.”
Last, came the “Special Cake.” Yes, this is an actual cake and probably is best shared with four people. Being that we were only two, we didn’t finish this, though we did manage to do some serious damage. The outside of the cake is cute, with Mickey pants and a glove, three full-sized strawberries and a white chocolate “Happiest Celebration” sign on top. We weren’t sure what to expect on the inside, we assumed that it would be a plain yellow cake. We were surprised to see that once we cut inside of it, there were orange slices and whipped cream on the inside! The cake was incredibly light and fluffy, and with the fruit and whipped cream on the inside, this was very easy to eat. The subtle orange hint was a nice addition and broke up the vanilla, but didn’t make it heavy. Overall, this cake was a success.
I’ve eaten at many Disney restaurants in my day, but this could be my favorite, at the very least in terms of theme. This is something that Florida just hasn’t really figured out yet, though the new Storybook Dining at Artist Point could mean that we are finally on our way.
All of the food here was very good, and at the end of the day, with two meals, drinks, and the cake, we ended up paying less than forty-five dollars. Tokyo Disneyland really is very cheap when compared to the domestic parks, and we loved that factor.
We chose this restaurant because it’s something that we can’t get in the parks back home, though we could’ve picked The Plaza, the Crystal Palace or the Blue Bayou. Do you think we made the right choice? Leave me a comment below and let’s talk Tokyo Disneyland food!