Earlier in the day, we chose to move up our Advance Dining Reservation from 4:45PM until later in the evening. A quick phone call to 407-WDW-DINE and we were able to re-schedule for 7:30PM.
After utilizing the single rider line at Expedition Everest, we trekked to Asia’s Yak & Yeti and were one of the last parties seated for the evening. (Isn’t Animal Kingdom awesome in the dark?!)
Upon arrival, the upper level was closed off, but the lower dining rooms were still bustling.
At first, we were led to a table right outside the kitchen and nearby the elevator. It was so loud that we couldn’t enjoy our conversation and quickly asked to be seated in a quieter spot.
In the next interior room, we settled at a table that was conducive to dinner conversation and also enabled us to enjoy the restaurant’s decor. (Big kudos to the hostess that assured us that she wasn’t a fan of tables near the kitchen and completely understood our request.)
Our waiter was very informative and fun. We asked questions about how the new My Magic+ payment system was working for the staff. He shared his frustration with weak wi-fi connections; sometimes he has to move around the restaurant to find a better signal!
He also indicated that it’s more difficult taking Disney Dining Plan credits with the new system; although he felt it was much easier to deal with customers paying with their room accounts. The Cast Members at this restaurant were extremely friendly!
Since I love themed restaurants, I was anxious to take in the detail within the walls of this Asian hideaway. The exotic menu foreshadowed the unique dishes we’d find inside the booklet.
While chopsticks were added to our tabletop, we stuck with our silverware skills!
Already fans of the Crispy Honey Chicken served at Anandapur Local Food Cafe (Yak & Yeti counter-service), hubby and son confidently put in their wok-based order. Made with tempura chicken, broccoli, carrots, and honey sauce, this dish did not disappoint.
Mr. 13 ate heartily (including the brown rice) although he pushed his broccoli to the side. Both agreed that the rice was cooked well, chicken was very tender, and the honey sauce had just the right amount of sweetness.
All three of us chose the less aromatic brown rice over the floral scented Jasmine rice.
With Tempura chicken, ginger, garlic, bell peppers, and pineapple, the Sweet and Sour Chicken caught my eye; and I quickly realized that I had made the right choice. The dish was coated with just the right amount of sauce allowing for the flavors of the pineapple and bell peppers to come through as well. Not only would I order this entree again, I’m craving it right now!
After relishing my main dish, I had to opt out of dessert. However, I did taste-test the choices (Mango Pie and Chocolate Cake) made by my husband and son. Both were delicious; the Mango Pie was memorable! Next time, I’ll pace myself so I can dig into my very own piece of Mango Pie. Sigh.
I was really looking forward to the Mango Pie. First, I L.O.V.E. any mango-flavored beverages or desserts. This pie was a stand-out because the mango pureed filling was smooth and creamy, but not too heavy.
And as a strong believer that a pie is only as good as its crust; this shortbread crust was delightfully soft, and not wet or overly crisp. The lightness suited the fruit flavor, and the whipped cream was delectably fresh and airy. Oh, the mango pie then delivered another favorite flavor — raspberry — in the drizzled sauce!!
Intrigued by more favorite flavors — chocolate and raspberry — my son made a selection that I was also interested in trying. This was a chocolate pudding cake with raspberry sauce.
It was very rich and will certainly take the edge off any chocolate cravings. I liked the added raspberry drizzle. Still, this didn’t even come close to the unique taste of the mango pie. Sorry, chocolate cake, I usually adore you. 😉
Mr. 13 attacked the cake with enthusiasm and asked if he could lick the plate clean. Um, no. He would order this dessert again.
Finally, we were delivered our Fortune Cookies with mine stating “You love life very much.” So true.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Yak and Yeti Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Despite the initial seating error (do not sit my family near the kitchen!), the waitstaff was friendly and attentive. I actually felt a more welcoming vibe here than most restaurants that we dined at during our week-long visit to Walt Disney World. This was impressive considering that I had changed our reservation time earlier in the day and we were now dining near closing time.
While the decor and staff were wonderful, the overall applause goes to the well-presented food with refreshing flavors!
What is your favorite dish at Yak & Yeti? If I enjoyed Yak & Yeti, where else at WDW should I try dining? Thanks for sharing your thoughts in the comments below!