There is so much foodie goodness at Walt Disney World Resort! We are always amazed when we go how nice the food is, even at some of the quicker service restaurants. Between all the theme parks, Resort Hotels, and Disney Springs (which features 6 award winning professional chef-run restaurants in which they often appear onsite), there’s no way to get through it all! Plus, all the food booths at Epcot during the various seasons – Food and Wine, Garden Festival, or Festival of the Holidays – are always a treat! In any case, we try to find a few new places on each visit, and we certainly weren’t disappointed this time!
Teppan Edo is in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot. It features Japanese cuisine cooked fresh to order right at your table, and is similar in style to Benny Hana. It’s family style seating with tables of 8, so we joined a local family of 6 for dinner and had a blast getting to know them and talk food/life/Disney! However, everyone orders off the menu. I had the filet, while my husband had shrimp and chicken. We also tried the Miso soup, some various sushi rolls, and shared some Sake. We didn’t hit the cocktail menu, but those looked tasty as well! The service was phenomenal and lots of fun. Our table’s chef had fun making Mickey’s on the giant skillet, which our kids would love. The ambience is festive and authentic, and the food was fantastic. This is a family friendly spot I’d definitely recommend visiting on your next visit!
Family style seating and cook to order service
Hidden Mickey! 😉
Cooking and creating magic!
Another night, we hit up Jiko at the beautiful Animal Kingdom Lodge. We really enjoyed Boma, the more casual restaurant next door, on our last visit. Jiko is a little more upscale with very authentic African cuisine. The cocktails are fantastic, and the entrees and appetizers are also very tasty. I enjoyed the beef short rib very much! We also loved the dumplings as an appetizer, and the traditional African breads and toppings are super tasty! We can’t forget the chocolate dessert either! 🙂 Coupled with the ambience of Animal Kingdom Lodge, this is one of our favorite places we’ve eaten at Walt Disney World!
There is a bar/lounge area at Jiko if you arrive early!
Loved these dumpling with sour cream!
African Breads = yum!
Now that’s a dessert!
Right on its heels, the following night we ended up snagging a last minute reservation at Tiffins, which is a newer restaurant over by Pandora inside Animal Kingdom. The restaurant is a true tribute to Imagineering, as they share their travel and research stories from Kathmandu and beyond that went into the creation of the lands at Animal Kingdom. We were inside the Asia Room, featuring stone crafts from local people that went into the design of the Yeti and Expedition Everest. The Nomad Lounge is also a great spot and a highlight of this restaurant if you just want to stop in for a drink. The menu pulls from all over the world, and is a tribute to travel – which fits in with my mentality pretty well 🙂 Again the cocktails were fantastic, I enjoyed fish as my entree, while my husband went for the steak. The grilled octopus appetizer was also tasty, and not something I would trust ordering just anywhere! 🙂 This place also ranked up in our top dining experiences at AKL and is a somewhat hidden treasure at Animal Kingdom.
Some pretty fantastic cocktails from all over!
The Asia Room
The Nomad Lounge
All in all, we’ve had very few negative experiences at Walt Disney World! You can read more from our last trip in my post here. It’s important to book your dining early, as some stuff fills up even at the 180 day + 10 mark with on property stays! Contact me or your favorite travel agent to help you out with snagging them and recommendations – you won’t regret it! 🙂