The Parisian Afternoon Lunch is held in the exclusive Monsieur Paul dining area above the popular Chefs de France.
If you've ever wondered where this amazing looking staircase leads, it goes up to Monsieur Paul, a restaurant above the popular Chefs de France in Epcot.
The Parisian Afternoon lunch gives guests a rare opportunity to see the Monsieur Paul dining area in full light. The restaurant is usually only open for dinner.
The tables are set for a great "Parisian Afternoon" lunch. Tables are pre-assigned to guests, and you will be shown to your table upon entering the space.
Guests are greeted by these cute folded napkins and each place setting has a menu card that outlines the lunch and provides a bit of background information.
The Mimosas at the Parisian Afternoon lunch are mixed table-side. A waiter or waitress will pour the sparkling wine and orange juice right into your glass!
A Cold Pea Soup with Bacon Mushroom Toast was the first of three mini-courses at the Parisian Lunch.
An up-close shot of the Bacon Mushroom "Toast". The fresh bread was more like a proper, dense Focacci, with the bacon and mushroom being baked into the bread and not just on top.
Another look at the first course at The Parisian Afternoon Lunch. A Cold Pea Soup with Bacon Mushroom Toast.
The second of three light courses was a plate that combined four "cold" sandwich halves with two "warm" items, a small quiche and a croissant.
The sandwiches from The Parisian Afternoon Lunch are too cute!!! From left to right, "tomato, basil bread sandwich with basil pesto, tomato, carrot and cucumber", "curry, turmeric bread sandwich with garlic aioli and chicken", "multi grain, cranberry bread sandwich with mayonnaise, apple and turkey", and "tarragon, spinach bread sandwich with mustard tarragon butter and ham".
This little "Savory Thyme Croissant" was amazing! I could have totally eaten two or three more of these little guys. I'm not sure if the lettuce was decoration or not, but I ate it too!
A Smoked salmon quiche with spinach and dill was one of the items on the "warm" side of the plate on the second course at "The Parisian Afternoon" lunch event.
The third course at "The Parisian Afternoon" lunch was this "Assortment de petits fours aux chocolates" featuring Valrhona chocolate products.
Chocolate Cream with Equatorial Milk & Guanaja Chocolate (Guanaja is a Valrhona product that is 70% cocoa).
The French Macarons at The Parisian Afternoon lunch featured Valrhona Chocolate. The purple one in the front is a Macaron with Blackberry and Illanka Chocolate (63% cocoa).
A yellow Macaron Exotic with Opalys White Chocolate from The Parisian Afternoon lunch at Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival.
A Dark Chocolate Macaron with Araguani Chocolate (at 72% cocoa) was very decadent, and a guest favorite at the Parisian Afternoon lunch.
The Vanilla and Mixed Berries Puff Choux was topped with three berries and filled with chocolate pastry cream!
Also on the plate were a couple samples of wrapped Valrhona chocolate squares and two hand-dipped chocolate bonbons. The darker one topped with sea salt was my favorite.
For guests that can't ascend the stair case to the Monsieur Paul dining area, a very small elevator is available. Please let a cast member know that you need assistance, the elevator is operated by cast members, and not self-serve.
Looking west at the "entry" of the Monsieur Paul dining area.
The window seats are very popular at dinner time and provide an interesting view of the France Pavilion during lunch. The view is partially obstructed by trees, but still, very cool.
Small parties at the Parisian Lunch event may be seated with other small parties. There are several large tables that would go unused otherwise. The restaurant itself, is not extremely large.
The non-window seating rows feature side-saddle half-booths. All the tables are used at the Parisian Lunch, as the event is usually sold out in advance.