Also known as “Yak & Yeti Counter Service,” Anandapur Local Food Cafes offers Asian fusion, quick service meals in the Asia area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
And the “Savory, Heavenly” is a self-description!
Located directly underneath Yak & Yeti Restaurant, Anandapur Local Food Cafes approximates an outdoor market eatery in the Asian subcontinent. Full of fun themeing — just like the rest of the incredible Animal Kingdom Asia section — you’ll truly feel as though you’ve stepped into a different culture.
Once you have your food, travel around the corner to a long seating “alley,” which opens into a huge courtyard full of tables. A beautiful water feature dominates the center of the space making this a very relaxing place to dine — assuming you’ve avoided the crowds. Make no mistake: when the crowds are en force, this place is as congested as everywhere else!
And remember, all seating is outside and uncovered, here. If it’s raining, head for Restaurantosaurus or Flame Tree Barbecue.
This is another spot that offers a menu that varies from the “stereotypical” idea of theme park food.
The Asian fusion menu includes savory-sweet favorites like Sweet-and-Sour Chicken and Orange Beef. A Mandarin chicken salad and Asian chicken sandwich are included in the entrees, and a fun list of sides (pork egg rolls!!) and desserts rounds out the menu. Entrees here run around $9-$10 (pricey for counter service), but you can make a great meal out of the side dishes — many of which you can get for a Disney Dining Plan snack credit.
Not to worry, though; the burgers and fries are still available via the kids menu and a side dish or two!
We had a great experience here; even though it was extremely busy, the ordering process was quick and efficient, and we were out searching for a seat in no time! We dug into our honey chicken with rice and veggies, fried rice, and pork egg roll with a fervor.
We’d been to the Local Food Cafes before, and things haven’t changed much — the food quality is still good, but the price is a bit high. The honey chicken was a definite favorite for me. The fried rice and egg roll could have had a bit more flavor, but there are condiments to mix and match to add flavors.
Another great addition to the Cafes is the specialty drinks window, conveniently located on your way to the seating area.
Stop by the “Quality Beverages” area for some Safai Amber, an Emperor Margarita, or the very popular Yak Attack — a drink found in the Yak & Yeti Restaurant that includes Bacardi Light Rum, Mango Daiquiri, and Wildberry. You can also find a couple of entrees and potato chips here if the front of the house is too busy.
This spot gets high marks in our book. It’s different, decent food that’s not going to break the bank. Consider visiting at an “off time,” so that you’re not managing crazy crowd levels and it can actually be quite a relaxing and enjoyable meal!
It’s also a great spot to wait if you’ve got a Kali River Rapids fastpass — the ride is right across the “path” from the cafes!
Thanks to Shayne Newell for the use of the Yak Attack photo! You can see her full review of Yak and Yeti here!