There are so many excellent places to grab a bite at Animal Kingdom that sometimes I have a hard time choosing where to eat!
But recently, I found myself in need of a break (and a little nourishment), so I decided to head over to Tamu Tamu Refreshments.
The counter service walk-up window is located conveniently en route to Kilimanjaro Safaris, making it a great place to stop and rest on your way to (or from) the savannas of Africa!
But did you know that the little unassuming spot is also home to an amazing covered eating area that will transport you? Come have a look with us!
Even though you have to pass the ordering window to get to it, I’m going to start by showing you Tamu Tamu’s lovely seating area.
Just beyond the ordering window, you’ll find a little passage to a covered patio. It’s one of my favorite places to take a break within this beautiful park. And who knew there was this much shade just beyond the walkway!
Part of the patio is protected from the sun by a rustic covering. Fans mounted throughout the space move the air around and make it comfortable. This spot is often quieter than other seating areas in the park because many folks simply just don’t know about it!
The back of the patio is bordered by a wall of carved plaster, and a large “sausage” tree with thick foliage provides shade here.
A sign that appears to be hand-lettered tells of the significant plaster carvings, and beckons you to pay attention to the detail. The fact that the wall “dates from the early 18th century” would explain its condition.
The carved wall wraps around, and you feel like you’re having your snack in a walled garden, or maybe even a temple. And check out the enormous seed pods on the tree!
I’m no horticulturist, but I’m fascinated by the plants and trees that you see throughout Animal Kingdom.
I decided to have a dessert during my downtime. Animal Kingdom serves a couple of different desserts throughout the park at various counter service locations. All of these creations have the consistency of mousse, and come prepared in a plastic glass.
You might recall that we’ve tried a couple of them with varying degrees of like. While I am not a big fan of the Key Lime Pie with its neon green topper of gel, I absolutely adore the Chocolate Mousse, which shares a same presentation (sans weird hair gel stuff, of course).
But today, I decided to sample the Cheesecake, which you can also find at my favorite AK counter-service eatery — Restaurantosaurus.
How would it compare? Take a look…
Cheesecake in a Glass
The first thing that you notice is, yes, indeed, there is a gel on top of this one, too. Why? WHY?! But at least this one does appear to have its color roots in nature. And the raspberry and mandarin orange garnish are a nice touch.
The flavor here is apparently apricot, but I didn’t realize that until after I was told.
Dig into it, and you find the lovely, rich texture of a creamy, no-bake cheesecake. And that’s an important distinction to make. Because if you order this, expecting it to be a slice of baked cheesecake, well — this isn’t that. It’s delicious, it’s just not your standard slice-o-cheesecake.
And for me, the delicious comes in part from the fact that there’s a layer of graham cracker crumbs at the bottom, which make my cheesecake experience (icebox OR baked) complete.
I wish they’d put another layer of graham cracker crust on top instead of that gel stuff.
I enjoyed it. I won’t be kept awake at night dreaming of its awesomeness, but it made for a delicious and different treat stop, and it wasn’t too rich, large, or heavy to weigh me down as I headed for another fling on Expedition Everest!
Tamu Tamu Refreshments continues to earn a spot on our Animal Kingdom meal list for interesting options like their Quinoa Salad and the Slow Roasted Pulled Beef Sandwich. And with the cheesecake offering a solid dessert choice, I think it’s quickly becoming an excellent place to grab a bite.
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Have you tried the cheesecake at Tamu Tamu or Restaurantosaurus? Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts!