What is "My Anniversary Story"?
"My Anniversary Story" is a 5 course dinner that you can indulge in at the Empire Grill in Disney Ambassador Hotel. It's only open for reservation to guests staying on the Ambassador Floor of Disney Ambassador Hotel. Reservations can be made for 17:30, 18:30, 19:30 and 20:30. This dinner course is elegantly presented through a story, with the menu being the storybook, and halfway through your course, you'll get a chance to meet the "Guest Pastry Chef". No prizes for those who can figure out who the "Guest Pastry Chef" is. At the end of your meal, you'll be presented with the storybook menu mentioned and in it, two pictures of your party captured by Tokyo Disney's professional photographers during the course of your meal. This dinner experience costs 15,430 yen per adult and 7,210 yen per child. That's about the price of a 3-day passport in Tokyo Disney Resort! So, is "My Anniversary Story" a bestseller or a flop? Let the storybook dining adventure begin!
As soon as you take a seat, it's time to start customizing your Special Anniversary Parfait
Once you get comfortably seated on Empire Grill's chair, you'll be presented with a Special Anniversary Parfait Order List. Fill that up with your choice of flavor and toppings while you chew on the All-You-Can-Eat bread. This list will assist the "Guest Pastry Chef" in creating your customized dessert for the evening.
A storybook, culinary adventure
And when you are done with the parfait list, it's time for this storybook dining adventure to begin. You will be presented with a booklet which is part menu, part storybook and a waiter will stand by your table to narrate (only in Japanese) the story, chapter by chapter, before every dish is served. For the first part of the story, they served us our drinks.
Everything that was being served up in this dinner course was beautifully presented. For appetizer, the kids got a plate of smoked salmon that was shaped like Mickey with a scoop of potato salad in the middle. For us, the so-called adults, we got a plate of Sea Bream Carpaccio with Flying Fish Roe and Lime Dressing. I've lived in Japan for 4 years and I must say that this was one of the freshest fish that I've ever eaten. I could taste the sea in these heavenly slices and the fish roe added bits of salty pops to it. Combined with the lime dressing, this was an amazingly refreshing way to start our culinary adventure.
Soup for the adults and spaghetti for the kids
For this part of the course, the kids got a plate of spaghetti with meat sauce and the adults got a bowl of Cream of Anno Sweet Potatoes and Ginger Soup Cappuccino Style. That's a really long-winded name. Prior to having this soup, my favorite soup in Tokyo Disney Resort was Charlie's Clam Chowder served up in Restaurant Sakura in DisneySea. This long-winded bowl of brilliance punched Charlie's Clam Chowder in the gut to secure a KO! Creamy, smooth and full of flavor. Forget Tokyo Disney Resort! This bowl of magic will give any soup around the world a run for its money!
Time for some seafood
I love seafood! Being brought up in a tiny island in South-East Asia, I had a lot of seafood growing up. If you ever visit Singapore, you must try Chili Crab and Sambal Stingray! Now that I'm done plugging my country, let's move on. For chapter 4 of "My Anniversary Story", we got ourselves some seafood. Once again, the seafood that was served up was super fresh. The paprika sauce complimented the seafood beautifully, giving it that tad bit of spiciness to awaken your taste buds. Tender fish, juicy shrimp and springy shellfish. Elegantly presented and delicious!
Steak, steak, steak!
Prior to this dinner, my favorite piece of steak in Tokyo Disney was the one I had in Club 33. I never thought I'd be able to find any piece of meat that would beat that. Empire Grill proved me wrong. The steak served up for "My Anniversary Story" was as juicy and tender as the steak served up in Club 33. So, what's the difference maker? The sauce! Holy cow (no pun intended)! The Cocoa-Red Wine-Sauce served with this steak was mad (once again, no pun intended) tasty! I've never tasted anything like it before. A hint of cocoa with the sourness from the red wine sauce completely filled my mouth with a flavor that got me in an orgasmic state. Plus the truffle flavored mashed potatoes was brilliant! If I were to choke while devouring this plate sent from heaven, I would have died a happy rat!
A special invitation
After having one of the best pieces of steak in my life, we received a special invitation from the "Guest Pastry Chef." Our storytelling waitress brought us into a room and a very special guest made us our customized parfait. When that was done, he even stayed for a while to take pictures with our group. In total, we spent about 15 minutes with the head honcho! The only time I've experienced such an intimate moment with a character in Tokyo Disney was our experience in Club 33. Watch the video below to see the "Guest Pastry Chef" work his magic.
Time for dessert
At home, I try to limit the kids' intake of sweets, so it would come to no surprise that this was the favorite part of Little Mahina and Baby Haku's meal. They got two different types of dessert! Not one! Two! They got the parfait that they designed and another plate of fruits and pudding. Meanwhile, Mama and Papa Rat got a plate of Chocolate Mousse with Berry Soup and Mango Sorbet. To be dead honest, the Chocolate Mousse was the weakest part of this meal. I have a severe case of sweet tooth and sadly, the Chocolate Mousse didn't do it for me. This would have been more to my liking if I were a fruit kinda rat, but that's not the case. Not a big problem though. The kids were nice enough to share their parfait with me. Okay, okay, I am lying. I stole spoonfuls from them when they were not looking. Sweet tooth fulfilled!
A storybook ending to an amazing meal
This dining experience was one of the best that I've ever encountered in Tokyo Disney Resort. It was right up there with my Club 33 experience. The food was magnificent and the kids got a chance to mingle with Mickey for longer than usual. The atmosphere in Empire Grill was really good. It was classy, intimate and cozy. Staff members working at Empire Grill were amazing. In Japan, almost everything goes by the script, but everyone who was working our table were professional, yet very friendly. We talked about Singapore, other Disney Parks, life in Japan and even had a deep conversation about Japan's stance on tattoos through our dinner course. Real talk with real people while chewing on really good food! A perfect dining experience.
To reserve a table for "My Anniversary Story" will cost quite a bit with the hotel room factored in. Would I do it again? On special occasions, I would. If your trip is a once in a lifetime kinda thing or are planning to celebrate something special on your trip, I would recommend for you to stay on the Ambassador Floor, reserve breakfast at Chef Mickey and for dinner, pamper yourself with "My Anniversary Story". The complete package that will be tough to beat at any Disney Resort. Interested in "My Anniversary Story"? Start by searching for a room on the Ambassador Floor below. If you have any questions about this dining experience, do leave us a comment.
Honorable Rating: Lick That Plate (5/5)