Until my recent trip, the only restaurant that I had dined in at Animal Kingdom was Rainforest Café – I decided to go out on a limb here and try something new.
As most of you know, when you get your “staple” restaurants at Disney World, it is really hard to throw something new in the mix; so it was tough for us to try Yak and Yeti!
In my opinion the restaurant is easy to miss. Okay, sure – the building is purple, but in the colorful Asia area of Animal Kingdom EVERYTHING is colorful. Once you do find it and step into the unassuming building, you are transported to something that (we thought) felt like it was straight out of an Indiana Jones movie.
The building is adorned with dark, worn woods and accented with unique lanterns, trinkets, and treasures from old Asia.
Through the dim lighting, we decided on some deeee-licious food. 🙂
For his entrée, my husband ordered the Shaoxing Steak and Shrimp. The cut (skirt) of steak was served with tempura battered shrimp, jasmine rice, stir-fried vegetables and a chili plum dipping sauce.
He said that the steak was tender and flavorful and the shrimp’s light breading added a nice crispness but no significant flavor contribution. The veggies were really crisp and the dipping sauce was phenomenal (especially spread out over everything). His favorite part about this meal was the presentation of it.
I was very upset that Le Cellier removed their Miso-Glazed Salmon from the menu, so I was thrilled that there was a Miso salmon on the menu here! This particular entrée was served with coconut-ginger rice and a baby bok choy and shiitake mushroom stir-fry.
I admit, this was better than what Le Cellier served! The salmon was wonderful – tender and flavorful without any cheap fishy taste. The vegetable stir-fry was very crisp with a savory (and non-salty) sauce. The rice was a grade above bland, but in general that is how I feel about all rice.
Even though we were full from our entrees, we still had to sample the desserts in this unexplored territory…
After reading about the Mango Pie on the Disney Food Blog, we just had to try it! OH MY GOSH —- it was like a silky mango cheesecake. It was incredible! – shortbread cookie crust filled with a tangy, sweet, mango filling. I wish I could have eaten ten of these.
Also, being the cheesecake lover that I am, I decided to give this slice a try. It was silky and dreamy, yes …but didn’t hold a candle to that Mango Pie!
It was very good with its raspberry and mango coulis, but nothing extraordinary if I’m being completely honest.
We absolutely loved Yak & Yeti! The food was incredible and the service was speedy and friendly. This was one of our favorite meals of our entire trip. We liked it so much that we’re thinking about canceling our ADR (Advance Dining Reservation) for Be Our Guest and eating at Yak & Yeti instead. Looks like we need to extend our Disney trips to get all of these new favorite restaurants into the lineup… 😉
Katie works full-time as an engineer in Ohio and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in mechanical engineering through Purdue University. Katie and her husband absolutely love everything Disney and try to work that special brand of magic into every aspect of their life including visiting Walt Disney World multiple times per year.
What’s your favorite dish at Yak & Yeti? Have you discovered a new-to-you Disney restaurant that had unexpectedly good eats? Share with us in the comments below!