We recently had the chance to eat at Japan’s Yakitori House in Epcot — a spot I consider to be one of the most relaxing counter-service eateries in the World!
Maybe it’s the wonderful cast members there, maybe it’s the setting up on the hill — away from the hustle and bustle of the World Showcase, maybe it’s the outdoor garden seating with the waterfall and the lanterns, maybe it’s a combination of all of this, but Yakitori House — even when it’s busy — seems serene to me.
It’s a very small restaurant and has just a few tables indoors and outside, but the nearly hidden location (I guarantee that thousands of Epcot visitors don’t even know it’s there) up on the hill in the Japan pavilion means that this is not considered one of the highly frequented counter-service spots, although it is a favorite of many Disney vacation veterans.
As you were probably expecting, the menu here is not outlandish; it’s designed to appeal to the masses.
You have a few teriyaki and tempura options, some sushi (including a beef roll, interestingly), a ginger chicken salad, and a few more items. Drinks include Kirin beers, sake, plum wine, green tea, and the regular sodas and soft drinks. Unfortunately — and oddly! — I can’t find much on the menu for vegetarians besides a side salad!
We sampled the Tonosama Combination, with teriyaki chicken, sukiyaki beef, tempura shrimp, and steamed rice; and a “special” of the day, teriyaki beef with steamed vegetables and white rice. We also ordered a green tea, as my husband is pretty much hooked on the stuff! This version was really green, however, and cloudy. Not what he’s used to, but not bad. Both entrees were excellent (for what they were), and absolutely worth the money ($8.99 and $10.99 respectively). The teriyaki beef was definitely the winner for both of us, so be sure to scope out the “specials” of the day when you’re there.
This might be one of the better counter-service value in Disney World as far as I can tell. Interesting good food, large portions, and excellent atmosphere — always a winning combination.
Have you been to Yakitori House? Let us know if it was a winner for you or if you’ll choose to spend your counter-service credit elsewhere. Also, if you’ve been, share your menu recommendations in the comments section below!