Welp, we’ve got another great Disney snack for you guys to add to your ever-growing must-eat lists in Disney World!
Landscape of Flavors
Remember last year when we were all “you HAVE to try the cheesy bread at Art of Animation“?
Well the Resort’s food court, Landscape of Flavors, is back with another perfect-for-your-budget-and-your-Dining-Plan treat.
After all, this place has a strong reputation for serving options outside your typical Resort Food Court fare. Most visitors would argue that it has raised the bar for Quick Service options, particularly at the Value Resorts.When All Star Sports End Zone reopened this past December, it was easy to spy some of the areas where it took its cue from some of what’s made Landscape of Flavors such a success.
The Tandoori/Mongolian station, however, remains unique to the Landscape.
And there is something special tucked on the side of the menu that can be hard to spot among the listing of entrees such as Tandoori Shell-on Shrimp, Tandoori Boneless Chicken Thigh, and Mongolian Grill Beef Stir-fry or Grill Fish.
If you look just to right of the menu, you’ll see it: Naan Bread with Dipping Sauce. It’s listed as a $4.99 snack dish, and is also good for a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan.
Much as we want to dive in, let’s start with some logistics. The Dipping Sauces available during my visit were Coriander Sauce, Tandoori Sauce, and Mango Chutney. And here’s the best part: you don’t have to limit yourself to just one. If you’d like to try all three, you can go right ahead!
BUT — here’s a little confusing twist that I have to tell you about. The friendly Cast Member assisting me asked if I wanted the “side of Naan.” I didn’t realize, in that moment, that a “side of Naan” is different from the “snack-serving” of Naan. The side, as it turns out, includes one piece of Naan. The snack portion has TWO.
You know how I learned this? When I brought my dish up to the cash register, the Cast Member rang it up as $1.59. I said, “Oh, you know, thank you, but I think that the Naan is, umm, $4.99?” (I’m not very eloquent when I’m confused. Okay, I’m not very eloquent in general, but I digress…).
I was told the $4.99 price was for 2 pieces, whereas I just got “the side.” Now, don’t get me wrong, I was PUMPED, because… well, HELLO, it’s under two bucks! I understand now that having a side, of course, implies that you are also having a main entrée, so it makes sense that it would cost less. I just misunderstood the terminology in the moment. So, to clarify for you: Side of Naan (1 piece): $1.59; regular Naan Bread (2 pieces) with Dipping Sauce: $4.99. I’m just sayin’.
Frankly, I would have happily paid the $4.99 for two pieces. Because from the very first bite, I wanted more than one piece. Heck, I wanted more than two, because this totally rocked my world.
I mean, have I had awesome Naan before? Yep, sure. But have I had it in a Disney Value Resort Quick Service restaurant under a Cars-themed cloud chandelier?
No. No, I have not. So, let’s get to it!
First, the Naan itself. Ooooh, boy… this is the STUFF. I can tell you it was perfectly thick, soft, and had just the right amount of chewiness, but I’ll let the pictures speak a little bit, too.
Next: the dipping sauces, starting with the Coriander.
This beautifully colored dipping sauce was absolutely delicious. I’m a cilantro person (unlike AJ ;-D), so something like this is almost always a hit with me; but the blend with the garlic and spices was just so, so good.
I don’t know if the kick came from green chili or jalapeno — there was enough of a bite to make me suspect jalapeno. Whatever it was, it was just right.
I would’ve been more than happy to eat the entire piece with the Coriander sauce alone, but I had two more sauces to sample!
The Tandoori Sauce was certainly flavorful with a smooth, creamy texture, and I could definitely taste the variety of spices in the blend with the citrus (though without a bite like the coriander).
Personally, though, I prefer Tandoori sauce in a chicken dish, as opposed to a straight dip. I find that the flavor can be so intense that it’s nice to have something that can soak it in a bit, as opposed to a bread on which it sits.
Last we have the Mango Chutney, and it’s nicely fresh and fruity.
The flavor of the vinegar was noticeable, though not overly-so. It’s the least complex dip of the bunch – just simple and refreshing.
Next time, though, when I go back for more Naan (and you better believe I will!), I’m going to stick with the Coriander. Okay, I may have a bit more of that Mango Chutney, too. Variety is the spice of life, after all!
Is a stop at Landscape of Flavors on your list? Please let us know with a comment!