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Friday, April 15, 2022

Ale & Compass: Good Seafood and a Top-Five Burger

 by Ray Keating



April 15, 2022


Disney’s Yacht Club Resort offers a wonderful ambience. Oddly, though, the atmosphere at the Yacht Club’s Ale & Compass Restaurant doesn’t make the cut. Fortunately, the food does.

During a recent lunch, one diner’s appetizer selection was the Parker House rolls ($14.00), a row of five fluffy dinner rolls brushed with butter and served with a trio of delicious ramekins filled with sweet and smoky bacon jam, pub cheese, and citrus butter.  (One already was snagged off the plate by the time we took the photo!) This diner could have ordered a double helping of these little beauties and called it a meal.  The bacon jam was especially good, and we reserved a little bit of it to spread on our burger.


Also ordered was the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake ($15.00), drizzled with stone ground mustard cream and a brightly flavored lemon emulsion, all served over a bed of succotash and greens. While the entrée was called a “lump crab cake,” there were actually two cakes on our plate, and they were crispy on the outside, and densely packed with tender crab meat on the inside.

The third diner chose the Lobster and Corn Chowder ($12.00), with herbs and house-made oyster cracker. The chowder was smooth and creamy, combined with just the right amount of spice. Of course, the key is the lobster, and this chowder passed with flying colors, as it was nicely populated by ample-sized pieces of lobster meat.


Two of our diners requested the Bacon and Vermont Cheddar Burger ($20.00), served up with caramelized onion on a Parker House bun with applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and herbed mayonnaise. These burgers make it onto our list of top five burgers at Disney (so far), with plenty of melty Vermont cheddar, and a nice soft bun. A round of applause to the chefs because they nailed it on the correct “doneness” that we’d requested on our burgers.

Our third diner ordered the Blackened Sustainable Fish Tacos ($17.00), a trio of soft flour tortillas plated with chilled cucumber slaw, avocado, and chipotle rémoulade. It was smoky, tangy and flavorful. The fish was tender, flaky and done just right. Plus, the slaw added some crunchiness.

The only complaint, in the end, was a serving problem being experienced on an increasing basis when out for a meal, that is, main plates being brought to the table immediately after the appetizers arrive. While it was not unusual to experience this in recent years at mid-tier chain restaurants, now it’s happening at some Disney restaurants that should be known for customer service. However, compared to the excellent food offerings, this amounts to a minor complaint.




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