Just returned from 4 days in Disney World, gleaned a lot of great advice from the boards prior to my trip, thought I'd share a few observations.
We had limited time to book reservations prior to our trip, as it was for a conference at the last minute. Also, my husband is vegetarian, so that always throws us a few curveballs.
The first night we wanted something easy and quick and went to Paradiso 37. I had a delicious citrus salad that was definitely the highlight. Liked the wide range of menu options and service was good, prices were reasonable. Nothing notable except the salad, really.
We had reservations at Sanaa at the Kidani Villas the following evening. We shared the bread sampler and salad sampler, choices of three types of breads, three types of dipping sauces and three salads, and these were all excellent, especially a chickpea, cucumber and tomato salad and the mango chutney with paneer paritha and naan. I ordered the Tandoori Chicken with multi grain pilaf and kind of oddly, the sauce came on the side for dipping (a kind of Disneyfication I assume?) My husband thought his entree could have used a flavor boost, but overall we were pleased with our meal here. It would be fun to see more of the animals during the day for lunch. Prices were very reasonable. Nice to half 1/2 carafes of wine.
I had planned for us to go to Raglan Road the next evening, but we were taken to Portobello by the boss. Definitely nothing to write home about here and VERY expensive for the quality, although if you expect to pay for large portions, than this is justified, I suppose. I did not need nearly as much pasta as was in my bowl! Roasted garlic with bread was nice. I was not expecting anything amazing here.
Thursday we went to Restaurant Marrakesh in Morrocco at Epcot. We shared two appetizers, a mediterranean salad plate with falafel, hummus, tabouleh and babbaganoush and goat cheese and crispy pitas. The falafel was excellent, as was the Morroccan beer and belly dancer! We also shared an entree of roasted vegetables with coucous that could have been seasoned much better, but I suspect is another example of Disneyfication. Fun atmosphere and an enjoyable dinner. Somewhat spendy if you don't share an entree!
An absolute must not miss, in my opinion, was Jiko. This was our final dinner and everything was fabulous. We enjoyed African beers, the Crispy Savannah rolls with sweet corn and goat cheese were heavenly, as was the kalamata olive flatbread. The server offered a vegetarian menu to my husband after politely asking if either of us had food allergies or were vegan or vegetarian (wish more restaurants would do this!) . He chose a tofu dish not on the regular menu upon the recommendation of the server, which he thought was excellent, spicy and flavorful. My maize crusted wreck fish with tomato burre blanc was crispy, flaky and beautiful. We definitely would love to go back here. No room for dessert! The service was excellent and the atmosphere very fun at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Lunches were forgettable. As I was by myself during the day, I usually chose a salad or sandwich from counter service places such as Columbia Harbor House, Backlot Express, Pizzifari and the Patisserie in France. I was deeply saddened that we could not get into Le Cellier for the cheddar beer soup! We did not have the Disney Dining Plan, fyi. Frequently we were allowed to be seated earlier than our reservation, which was very nice.
Thanks for all the recommendations!
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