Today, we’re back with more photos from Spice Road Table, Epcot’s newest restaurant!
The table service spot has been enjoying rave reviews from our staff and guests alike since its soft opening on Saturday. Business has been brisk, and we have enjoyed bringing you photos and reports of many of the menu items!
But Spice Road Table is only part of the story. When the new restaurant debuted, it was part of a newly renovated and expanded waterfront presence in Morocco.
Returning is the popular Art of Henna, where guests can have their very own temporary henna tattoos applied.
The entire front portion of the Morocco Pavilion has undergone a bit of a shift-around since Spice Road Table moved in. The Mo’Rockin stage, home to the popular Moroccan live band that plays here throughout the day, has moved to the other side of the walkway.
Also returning is the waterfront gift shop. Souk-Al-Magreb, Gifts of Morocco is your one-stop shop for authentic Moroccan clothing and other items. But it’s also a fantastic find if you’re looking to recreate some of the flavors you just experienced at Spice Road Table.
Today, we’re taking a little look around this interesting spot to get a look at all the Mediterranean delicacies that you can head home with as souvenirs!
Souk-Al-Magreb, Gifts of Morocco
Enter Souk-al-Magreb via the door from the World Showcase Promenade, or or you can take a stroll through the shop directly from Spice Road Table. If you come through the front door, the first thing you’ll see food-wise is this wonderful little display of spices in tagines. I kept thinking that the collection would cost a small fortune in the Spice Route Days!
Behind the curio housing the spices, the back of the round table holds a variety of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food products.
A nearby collection of shelves displays additional food and beverage items. Don’t worry…we’ll get up close and personal with many of them in just a second!
Decorative objects, like a teapot and a tagine, crown the niches at the top, but the rest of the shelves are filled with foodstuffs.
Many guests love the Mint Tea and delicious Coffee available in the Morocco Pavilion. Tea drinkers may enjoy browsing the selection of Ahmad Teas. Twinings Mint Green Tea is also available at the top of the display.
Varieties of Coffee are available as well along the back wall of the shop.
For coffee on the go, you may want to pick up a container of Instant Coffee.
This display of Halawa sent me running for my food dictionary! At first, I thought it was hummus. But after doing a little research, I found that it’s actually a sweet confection.
While Halawa (or Halva) can take many different forms (and spellings!) in the countries that produce it, this one is made of sesame oil and sugar, with no added nuts. (Editor’s Note: This is one of AJ’s Dad’s favorites!)
Another Middle Eastern favorite, Turkish Delight, is available in two varieties. You can choose the green box, which features Pistachio as the only nut.
But if you prefer a little more nut variety, choose the red box. This version contains Pistachios, Almonds, and Hazelnuts. (Am I the only one who thinks of the Chronicles of Narnia when I look at these boxes??)
Speaking of nuts, you can also get bags of various kinds. I also spied some flavored Pistachios here. They come from California, but I guess the Disney food folks thought they fit the theme. (We won’t get too persnickety, or we might have to raise an eyebrow at those British teas. )
If you want a taste of the authentic stuff, try the Hummus featured in tins here. Sure, you can get hummus at your local grocery. But c’mon. This one is the real deal!
If you enjoy the spicy kick of the ketchup that’s featured with the Harissa Chicken Roll, look no further than this display. Zip your condiments right up with the addition of the spicy, chili-based paste. It’s also great on your falafel!
From Greece, you can enjoy Eggplants in Tomato Sauce. This is a vegetarian dish that’s very popular throughout Turkey and Greece, and the actual name, Imam Bayildi, actually translates to “The Priest Fainted”! It’s an interesting story. I’ll let you discover it.
In the meantime, I’m going to lobby hard for it to make an appearance on the Spice Road Table menu as another vegetarian option!
Stuffed Grape Leaves are also available, if you’d like the taste, but don’t want to mess with making them yourself.
If you enjoy the distinctive floral flavors of some of the sweets available in Spice Road Table or at the Juice Bar, check out this display of Orange Blossom Water and Rose Water. The decorative bottles are gorgeous, too.
In addition to everything I’ve shown you, there were also Spice Blends that may be just what you’re looking for when you decide to cook your own Mediterranean feast at home.
Around the corner, there were also large collections of two other important items at Spice Road Table — Olive Oil and Wine. Several Olive Oils from different countries of origin are on display for purchase.
While all of the food items are seriously fun to explore, perhaps the most interesting items available here are the Wines!
As promised in all of the lead-up to Spice Road Table’s opening, the hot new place for Tapas serves wines from the throughout the Mediterranean region.
But even cooler? If you fall in love with the wines you sample in the restaurant, several are available by the bottle to take home!
Fancy a wine from Greece? No problem! You might try the King of Hearts Red. (Don’t you LOVE this name and label??)
How about a nice red from Morocco? Guerrouanne Rouge might fit the bill nicely.
One of our friends had the chance to sample the Amazigh Red from Morocco as part of Spice Road Table’s Red Wine Flight, and said that it was very good — light-bodied, and very approachable. This has been available the Morocco pavilion for years, though!
The Tsantali Nemea Rouge hails from Greece as well.
The Angora Beyaz Red from Turkey also got high marks with its more herb-y flavors.
It’s a little curious that there are no White Wines available in the shop at present. I’m sure folks who enjoy the White Wine Flight will be looking for them! Maybe we’ll see varieties shift around a bit when warmer weather gets here.
So there you have it! Even more reason to head over to Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion and check out all that’s new with the opening of Spice Road Table and the adjoining shops.
Will you be procuring ingredients to recreate your own Taste of Marrakesh at home? Leave a comment and tell us what you’re most excited to see here!