We’re heading to Harambe Village in Animal Kingdom’s Africa. Tamu Tamu Refreshments is our stop today, so we can check out the entirely new menu!
It’s easy to stroll past Tamu Tamu on your way to Kilimanjaro Safaris, because this unassuming little spot blends in so perfectly with its surroundings.
There are a few clues, however, as to what is available to passersby:
And the best part of the atmosphere is arguably a hidden gem. A lot of people aren’t aware of the gorgeous and peaceful outdoor seating area tucked behind!
Chunky wooden tables and chairs are complemented by rustic plaster walls and artwork. It’s truly unexpected!
But I’d mentioned a new menu, so let’s dive in!
I was truly surprised to see the all-new offerings, especially since the Pulled Beef Sandwich had been a hit. (I must admit to being sad over the loss of that gorgeous fresh fruit bowl on the menu, and will continue to look for it at Bradley Falls whenever it is open!)
The menu is now offering three primary entrees: Slow-cooked Chicken Curry, Vegetarian Curry, and Roasted Chicken Salad.
I was also intrigued by this display of all three items on the ordering counter (placed from left to right in order of their listing on the menu). I think this is a great idea for guests to see what each entrée looks like, and perhaps be inspired to try something new!
My immediate inclination was to try either of the chicken dishes. I love Chicken Curry, but I was also tempted by the description and display of the Roasted Chicken Salad (“Diced Chicken and Dried Fruit blended with Mild African Spices served with Tomatoes, Pita, and Apple Slices”).
Ultimately, though, I went with the Vegetarian Curry for two reasons: first, I thought our vegetarian readers might appreciate a review. Animal Kingdom, I believe, has truly tried to make strides in its vegetarian offerings.
And second, approximately seventeen of my last twenty meals have involved leftover Thanksgiving turkey, so maybe it’s time to lay off the poultry a bit, no ;)?
I carried my entrée right over to the table beside this lovely tree. It’s such a peaceful spot.
The Vegetarian Curry features tofu for protein along with an array of veggies including butternut squash, carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, and onions. It’s served over jasmine rice with two slices of pita bread.
Maybe this sounds silly, but when I picked up my dish to move it around for pictures, I was struck by how heavy it was. They definitely didn’t hold back on the portion size! It’s quite generous — I don’t think the angle of my picture displays that so well, but perhaps you can get an idea from the major veggie pile.
The flavor, though, is what surprised me most about this dish. I was expecting a lot of kick from the curry, but since I tend to favor yellow curry, I’m less familiar with red. While it really wasn’t as spicy as I’d hoped (and perhaps that’s more appealing to those who shy away from spice), the rich flavor of the tomato-base with herbs made up for that. I loved how I could taste the curry with every bite, but could still identify the flavors of each vegetable – it was savory, but not overpowering.
I’ll outright admit that I’m not well-acquainted with tofu – like, at all. I’d like to share this with readers who — like me — tend to avoid it: it blends right in with the veggies, taking on the flavor of the curry, primarily.
The tofu, along with the portion-size and the wonderfully-prepared sticky jasmine rice, made this meal super filling.
What I appreciated the most about this dish was the way I felt after I finished: happily full, without feeling stuffed.
Like I said, I was surprised to see a new menu here, but I think the new selections fit so well in Animal Kingdom, known for its unique beauty and the way it completely transports you to different places and cultures. It will be interesting to see if and how more changes evolve in this truly unique eatery.
What are your thoughts on the new Tamu Tamu menu? Please chime in with a comment below!