Yak and Yeti Restaurant
I haven’t been there in a while, but I’m pleased to report that this location is still offering great eats for those who want a bit more than pizza and chicken nuggets for their theme park dining.
You’ll find this spot in the park’s “Asia” area, near Kali River Rapids. The decor and backstory are a blast, and it’s well worth wandering around the restaurant a bit to take in all of the imagineering detail after your meal.
The desire to stand and stare, taking in every detail, begins before you ever enter the Yak and Yeti. The striking purple building beckons you to come in and discover more.
Once inside, you start to peel back the layers of the restaurant’s backstory. In a nutshell, a wealthy merchant from Anandapur, Arjun, has fallen on hard times. As a result, he’s turned his regal home into a fine hotel and restaurant. You are his honored guests!
Throughout Arjun’s extensive travels, he’s amassed an impressive art collection. He displays his treasures throughout the restaurant.
Here, a desk stands ready to greet tourists with the key to a comfortable and well-appointed room.
As you walk to your table, check out the relaxed Yak and Yeti Lounge/Bar. This is a great spot to order a full meal or a unique drink if you don’t have a reservation.
Further into the restaurant, you’ll find that tables and chairs are mismatched to continue the eclectic feel. Be sure to check out the light fixtures, too!
Thoughtful detail really does lend to the feel that you’re in a hotel. Too bad we can’t really stay here!
I always have to stop and take in this view of the first floor from the second while I’m looking around. I absolutely love it.
You’ll find seating on both the first and second floor.
DFB TIP: And here’s a little secret for you. On days that feature Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade, book your table around 2:30 or 3:00. When you arrive, request a window view seat on the second floor. That way, you’ll be comfortably seated with a great view of the parade!
But now it’s time to leave the parade behind and focus on the food!
Anandapur, the fictional village in which Yak and Yeti is located, stands at the cross roads of Asian civilizations, so the menu is decidedly Pan-Asian in flavor and influence. You’ll find dim sum and pot stickers, but those who prefer less exotic fare will find an assortment of familiar flavors as well. The burger is supposed to be awesome (can’t believe I haven’t tried it yet)!
The table tent continues the theme, advertising nearby Bhaktapur Market. Yak and Yeti is one of the Disney restaurants that’s bringing merchandise inside more and more often. They also have merch for sale in the lobby… .
The flipside features some of the spot’s most popular appetizers. The Whole Fried Green Beans are a guest favorite, and that Ahi Tuna seems new!
As you’re ordering, considering some of the fun and unique drinks at Yak and Yeti; but remember you’ll be sipping through a paper straw for the animals’ safety.
After perusing the menu, we actually decided to go with the Pork Pot Stickers to start. They looked as good as the pic on the table tent! And they were quite delicious with their crisp outside and savory, flavorful filling.
The garnish offered a nice pop of color, and I’m happy anytime there’s a soy-lime dipping sauce involved in my food.
We also grabbed that awesome dim sum basket, that’s SO so beautiful. Inside are more pot stickers, Shrimp Siu Mai, Cha Su Bao (barbecued pork buns) and Pork Siu Mai steamed on a banana leaf.
Once again, the pork buns and pot stickers were my favorite; but that Shrimp Siu Mai is Pork Siu Mai is growing on me.
We made quick work of our appetizers and moved onto entrees. I chose the Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli, and opted for the steamed brown rice (you can also choose jasmine rice if you prefer it).
I always lurve when my food comes at Yak and Yeti. It’s just gorgeous — all the time!! When the food arrived, I took a moment just to admire my plate. The stoneware really carries the theme of refined rustic.
But then, the food! A colorful, generous portion of sauteed flank steak and crisp-tender broccoli and carrots, all in a savory brown sauce. I guarantee I ate this whole thing — even after the appetizers. The veggies were crispy and cooked just right, and the meat was hot and flavorful. Nothing bland here — not even the rice!
The Shrimp Lo Mein was beautifully presented as well. Heaped high with lo mein noodles, the dish was spilling over with shrimp. My dining partner was very pleased with his choice.
How was I still eating after all of this?!? Clearly I’ve been in training. ;-D I grabbed the New York Cheesecake for dessert!
With its drizzle of mango and strawberry sauce, once again, this is a lovely presentation. It’s the perfect choice if you’re craving classic cheesecake. P.S.: That little ball on top is whipped cream.
Want something a little more in line with the Pan-Asian them? Try the Fried Wontons. They are truly awesome, and although we didn’t order them this time around, I wanted to show them to you anyway.
One fun American twist that Arjun observes: you get a fortune cookie with your bill! I thought mine was particularly appropriate.
No problems there!
Yak and Yeti continues to impress me. In my previous review of this spot, I mentioned that I’ve always had good food and good service here, and that trend continues. The surroundings are incredible, the food is delicious, and the presentation is thoughtful. That signals a win-win-win for me, personally.
And the fact that you’ve got a little-known spot to take in the Jammin Jungle Parade, AND escape the heat, especially during the summer, means that this place really is a gem.
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