There are many amazing restaurants in TDR. There are the romantic restaurants like Ristorante Di Canaletto and Blue Bayou. For those who want a more traditional Japanese option, there's Hokusai. TDR also have restaurants with that "feel rich" vibe like Magellan's and of course there are also sweet little spots whereby you can have good food without sacrificing your child's college fund. There are many options for everyone in different situations at TDR. If you are looking for a fun place to dine in, you might want to look into The Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall. Let the banquet begin!
The Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall is what TDR calls a buffeteria style restaurant. You would enter the restaurant, queue up to go get your food, pick whatever food you want, pay for your food and a cast member will show you to an empty table. Sort of like prison, but with friendlier service and it's not free. So, you are wondering what's on the menu? There's a menu outside of the restaurant and one while you queue up. While queuing, you will also get to check out non-edible remakes of your food. Something that is really popular here in Japan.
In total, we ordered 3 main courses. We didn't order any drinks as there was a water fountain and paper cups within the restaurant. Some say thrifty, some say cheap. I say thank you TDR for allowing me the option of either spending over inflated prices on drinks or getting free water. I think that's fair. Anyways, sorry for that sidetrack. We had the grilled swordfish with tomato-caper sauce, the flank steak with Japanese sauce and the rotisserie chicken with garlic seasoning.
The flank steak was decent. The steak was a little dry, but the sauce was tasty. The mashed potatoes on all 3 dishes were quite good. I had a better time eating the mashed potato than the flank steak, to be honest. In my personal opinion, the flank steak was not worth the price at all. TDR could have done better with that one. The rotisserie chicken, on the other hand, was a better experience.
The ever popular rotisserie chicken. It was not bad. Doesn't live up to the hype, though. I was really looking forward to this dish as I read a lot about it in forums, so here it goes. The chicken was really juicy and the seasoning was good, but I wasn't really wowed by this dish, given the hype. I expected more from it. It was similar to most rotisserie chicken that you can find in a lot of family restaurants here in Japan. Good, but nothing special. Onward to the surprise of this dining experience, the grilled swordfish.
First off, I would like to thank Mr Swordfish as this dish came as a real surprise. The fish was juicy and the flavor was really good. I'm not a big fan of fish, but this dish was really good. When I took the first bite into the fish and it danced around in my mouth, I couldn't help but smile. Among the 3 that I tried, this was the only dish that was worth the money. I know what I'll be getting the next time I'm there. Arigatou Mr Swordfish.
All in all, The Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall is an enjoyable experience for the whole family. The one thing that I really enjoyed about this dining experience was the atmosphere. The theming was really good, especially if you are an Alice in Wonderland fan. The whole restaurant immerses you into the story as soon as you step into the it. Food was hit or miss depending on what you ordered, but overall, fun for the whole family.
Honorable Rating: Mmm, This Is Good (4/5)