I get it. Why would you want to have food at Walt Disney Planet that’s equivalent to what you can get at home? Are not you and I here at the Most Magical Area on Earth to consume entertaining and exclusive objects that we just cannot come across at property? Yes…and, quite possibly, no. What if these seemingly similar objects took on fresh new, new twists? Enter Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Yak & Yeti Restaurant.
At any time since the restaurant’s opening in 2007, it is been a beloved of my family members. We’ve celebrated birthdays and large days here, and we’ve even stopped by at the finish of a hectic park day only to partake in the amazing Fried Wontons dessert. Extra about those astounding wontons afterwards.
The cafe itself is wonderfully themed as a former bed-and-breakfast for vacationers. If you halt by the locale, please consider time to poke all around a minor little bit. You will be surprised by what you uncover. There are antiques and artifacts about every single corner, and it’s delightful to find them.
I experienced the pleasure of dining just the other night at Yak & Yeti with Amy and Paul Krieger and John Saccheri for an approaching Disney Eating channel overview. Ready for my thoughts? Just a warning: we tried using a minimal bit of every thing. Right here we go…
The menu is damaged into Small Plates, Shareables (intended for two people today), Soups & Salads, Noodles & Bowls, Specialties, Wok, Grilled, Sides, and Desserts. There is also a selection of 8 entrées for children on the menu. My tried out and correct go-to entrée at Yak & Yeti is the Honey Chicken. Since this was a overview, and I’m not there to consume for myself but for individuals who watch the evaluation, I stayed away from my standard. I previously know that I really like it.
We commenced the food by buying a few appetizer-adjacent dishes: the Pork Pot Stickers ($11.49), the Pork Egg Rolls ($11.99), and the Ahi Tuna Nachos ($19.99). The initial issue that hit me as I was tying the 3 dishes was the impression of the dipping sauce or dressing that was made use of on just about every 1. They took the merchandise to another degree, and it was a theme that continued throughout the food.
The Pork Pot Stickers have been paired with a delightful and dazzling soy lime dipping sauce. You can have the pot stickers pan seared or steamed, and Hector (our excellent server) recommended that pan searing was the way to go. It set a a little crisp exterior on the pot stickers, and I genuinely savored them. If you’re an individual who requires a small a little something acquainted, these might be the detail for you.
The Pork Egg Rolls arrived accompanied by a chili plum dipping sauce. The layers of taste of this dipping sauce can’t be underestimated. It added both of those sweetness and heat to the egg rolls, and it was unquestionably pretty.
The egg rolls ended up fried effectively, and I could’ve eaten all 3 egg rolls by myself. Easily.
Amy ordered the Ahi Tuna Nachos, and, admittedly, this isn’t a dish I would’ve requested on my possess. The whole raw tuna point is not automatically my scene, but I’m so happy that she recommended that we purchase them. The nacho chips are essentially crispy fried wontons, and this element in and of by itself elevated the dish. That wasabi aïoli drizzled during the nachos? That things is the bomb. It introduced the warmth that you would count on from the inclusion of wasabi, and the creamy coolness that you would be expecting with it becoming an aïoli. It was delightful. And the sushi quality Ahi tuna was fresh and fulfilling. Every thing was topped off by a fresh new Asian slaw. I was amazed by how much I appreciated this dish.
We then moved on to the more entrée-ish selections for our food: Sweet and Sour Chicken ($21.99), Lobster Garlic Noodles ($34.99), the Lettuce Cups ($18.99), and the Hen Tikka Masala ($25.99).
John ordered the Sweet and Sour Hen, and whilst I’m not generally going to lean in that course, I did appreciate the dish. The chunks of rooster breast ended up substantial and big. It was properly ready, and I relished what I experienced.
Paul’s alternative was the Rooster Tikka Masala, which brought the flavors and warmth amount that you could expect from a curry. All over again, I’m not likely necessarily pick out a curry-centered dish although I’m at Yak & Yeti, but I relished what I experienced. It was warm and comforting. And any dish that arrives with Naan bread receives a bonus point or two with me.
Amy chose the Lobster Garlic Noodles, which finished up remaining a bit disappointing. The lobster in the dish was insignificant in portion and dimensions. And a noodle-dependent dish that is $35? That’s pretty insane. I would not advise acquiring this entrée as I just really do not believe that the worth to be there.
I chose the Lettuce Cups, which is technically a shareable meant for two folks. The dish arrived with minced hen breast, julienned carrots, contemporary bean sprouts, a bunch of contemporary cilantro, and a pretty Saigon Hoisin sauce. The lettuce cups themselves were being incredibly fresh new. If you’re somebody who enjoys creating a dish and actively playing with your food items just a little bit, you are heading to adore this. I are not able to strain how wonderfully new every thing was.
The minced chicken breast, though on the lookout dry when it arrived at the desk, was in fact just about anything but. It was ideal, and that minor bowl of chicken seemed to just preserve on giving and offering. There was ample for every person to have some. The brightness of the bean sprouts and cilantro only aided to elevate factors. If you have had a incredibly hot and sweaty park day (and who hasn’t experienced a single of people in Animal Kingdom?), this might be the best dish for you. It will not leave you sensation overly stuffed or major. The only point I would ding it for is the value $19 for a breast and a half or so of hen and a bunch of fresh veggies is a little bit egregious in my reserve. That being explained, I would buy it yet again. Fingers down.
For dessert, we made a decision to attempt the Mango Pie ($11.99) and the Fried Wontons ($12.99). There ended up a few of individuals at the table who experienced never experienced the wontons, and I’m sorry, but as much as I’m concerned, you simply need to test them when you’re at Yak & Yeti.
I experienced by no means tried the Mango Pie prior to. I know that the edition of the Mango Pie that’s sold at the Yak & Yeti Nearby Meals Cafe counter service subsequent doorway to the cafe has a little bit of a cult subsequent, so I experienced a feeling the desk service’s model would be fantastic. It was. It was chilly and creamy and a very little brilliant. I would’ve enjoyed a bit extra mango flavor, but for what it was, it was fantastic. It was served with diced strawberries and mangoes and a couple of fruit-centered sauces on the aspect.
These Fried Wontons? Awesome. The honey vanilla drizzle (which ended up staying very additional than a drizzle on our plate) is excellent plenty of to bottle and sell on its personal. I would purchase it. The vanilla ice cream is delightful, and the fresh pineapple and the product cheese-filled wontons are extremely great. I know, I know. Cream cheese-filled wontons may perhaps not be what you assume of when you think of dessert, but for the appreciate of all issues sweet, make sure you give them a test. And then enable me know what you imagined. Warm and toasty and merely excellent.
Yak & Yeti, for the reason that of its backstory and theming, is divided into distinctive rooms and nooks and crannies. I was so happy that we ended up seated in the upstairs, considerably minimal-slung room that overlooks the principal route main into the Asia section of the park. It’s a awesome, vivid, and personal room.
Though we had a tabletop filled with meals, I know that there are so quite a few things left for me to attempt on the Yak & Yeti menu. If you have a go-to most loved, please allow me know in the remark area below. I would enjoy to test one thing new the upcoming time I’m there!
And be sure to keep an eye out for the Disney Dining channel evaluation vlog. I’ll be absolutely sure to drop it down below when it is printed. 🙂