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Photos and Review Part 3: Spice Road Table Market in Walt Disney World’s Epcot

Today, we’re back with more photos from Spice Road Table, Epcot’s newest restaurant!

Spice Road Table and Shops in the Morocco Pavilion

Spice Road Table and Shops in the Morocco Pavilion

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!

Spice Road Table

Spice Road Table

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.

Getting Your Henna Tattoo is Part of the Fun!

Getting Your Henna Tattoo is Part of the Fun!

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.

Mo'Rockin Stage

Mo’Rockin Stage

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.

Souk-Al-Magreb, Gifts of Morocco

Souk-Al-Magreb, Gifts of Morocco

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!

Spice Display

Spice Display

Behind the curio housing the spices, the back of the round table holds a variety of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food products.

Central Food Display

Central Food Display

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!

Food Display

Food Display

Decorative objects, like a teapot and a tagine, crown the niches at the top, but the rest of the shelves are filled with foodstuffs.

Food Display

Food Display From the Other Side

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.

Tea

Tea

Pouring Mint Tea in Epcot's Morocco

Pouring Mint Tea in Epcot’s Morocco

Varieties of Coffee are available as well along the back wall of the shop.

Coffees

Coffees

For coffee on the go, you may want to pick up a container of Instant Coffee.

Instant Coffee

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!)

Halawa

Halawa

Another Middle Eastern favorite, Turkish Delight, is available in two varieties. You can choose the green box, which features Pistachio as the only nut.

Souk-Al-Magreb Gifts of Morocco Pistachio Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight with Pistachios

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??)

Turkish Delight with Pistachios, Almonds, and Hazelnuts

Turkish Delight with Pistachios, Almonds, and Hazelnuts

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. :-) )

Packaged Mixed Nuts

Packaged Mixed Nuts

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!

Tinned Chickpea Dip

Tinned “Chickpea Dip” aka Hummus

Recreate Spice Road Table’s Hummus and Olive Sampler at home by picking up the Olives here, too!

Olives

Olives

Olives and Cornichons at Spice Road Table

Olives and Cornichons at Spice Road Table

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!

Harissa

Harissa

Chicken Roll at Spice Road Table

Chicken Roll at Spice Road Table

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!

Eggplant

Eggplant

Stuffed Grape Leaves are also available, if you’d like the taste, but don’t want to mess with making them yourself.

Grape Leaves

Stuffed Grape Leaves

Grape Leaf Rolls at Spice Road Table

Grape Leaf Rolls at Spice Road Table

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.

Orange Blossom Water, Decorative Bottles, and Rose Water

Orange Blossom Water, Decorative Bottles, and Rose Water

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.

Olive  Oil Display

Olive Oil Display

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!

Wine Display

Wine Display

Fancy a wine from Greece? No problem! You might try the King of Hearts Red. (Don’t you LOVE this name and label??)

Wine

King of Hearts Red, Greece

How about a nice red from Morocco? Guerrouanne Rouge might fit the bill nicely.

Guerrouanne Rouge Wine

Guerrouanne Rouge, Morocco

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!

Amazigh Red Wine

Amazigh Red, Morocco

The Tsantali Nemea Rouge hails from Greece as well.

Wine

Tsantali Nemea Rouge, Greece

The Angora Beyaz Red from Turkey also got high marks with its more herb-y flavors.

Wine

Angora Beyaz Red, Turkey

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!

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9 Comments

  1. Asuka says:

    I love Halva! Dad used to buy the Israeli kind from the store. He’d get the chocolate sesame kind. It was so yummy.

  2. This is why I love World Showcase, the immersive feeling of being in other countries if only for a little while. Morocco is always one of the best browsing experiences. I think Spice Road Table is a good addition. Thanks for showing us more on what’s new there in the area.

  3. V No Privacy says:

    YES! I ALWAYS think of Narnia when I see/eat Turkish delights. When I saw them in the movie I thought they were, like, meat or something. Now I love them (rose-flavored ones are my favorite, then lemon/orange). I thought I was the only one!

  4. Ashley Wilson says:

    All of these products look really interesting, and most tasty! So, how exactly do you eat Halva? Do you spread it on a pita?

    Thanks for such a comprehensive review of the new digs in Morocco. I can’t wait to try EVERYTHING!

  5. Glory Hoeflich says:

    Every time I hear someone mention Turkish Delights, I think of Narnia and that boy with the powdered sugar all over his face. Too funny….Great review! I might have to take my husband there while the kids are enjoying the resort pool with their granny!

  6. Sam Winston says:

    If you want a taste of the products featured before your next trip to WDW; try a Greek, Lebanese or Middle Eastern store.

    I’ve also seen the Harissa, Turkish Delight, and stuffed grape leaves at the more commonly assessable chain store “World Market”.

    One word of warning tho…canned Hummus, and Stuffed grape leaves are not that great.
    You can sometimes find stuffed grape leaves frozen at Greek or middle eastern market.
    Along with freshly made cookies and deserts.

  7. Essied says:

    These things are so exotic and foreign to me, but also very interesting. I love the Moroccan Pavilion for it’s's beautiful tile work and I will certainly checkout this new section on my next trip.

  8. Colleen says:

    Your blog is a joy. It’s been a very cold and snowy winter here in Indiana so far and reading about my two favorite things — Disney and food! — is a welcome distraction. Can’t wait to check this place out in person. They were hard at work on it when we visited at Christmastime.

  9. Angelina says:

    I really want those decorative bottles to keep my olive oil and balsamic vinegar in at home. I use them so often that they sit on my counter. :)

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