Well, yesterday brought the news that the debut of Animal Kingdom’s Rivers of Light evening spectacular won’t be taking place on April 22nd after all. (According to Disney Parks Blog, they anticipate releasing more information regarding the show and further nighttime activities coming to Animal Kingdom in mid-to-late May.)
Last week, Disney shared some details regarding the story inspiring the upcoming dining locations. And now, more light has been shed on what we can expect to see on the menus.
The theme celebrating travel leaves the menu open to cuisine from around the globe. Starting with appetizers at Tiffins, look for a Lobster Popcorn Thai Curry Soup with Basil and Peanuts (reflecting Asia and Africa), and Marinated Grilled Octopus (reflecting Europe), a Sustainable Fish Crudo (reflecting South America), and a Salad of Roasted Baby Beets and Goat Cheese with walnut granola and a sun-dried cherry vinaigrette (reflecting North America).
Entree selections will continue the focus on international fare, with a Berber-Spiced Lamb Chop with Mustard Greens, Lentil Stew and Mint Chutney for African cuisine, and a Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with Huitlacoche Tamale, Hominy Succotash and Red Mole Sauce for South America.
A Miso-glazed Black Cod with Forbidden Rice in Steamed Bok Choy with Turmeric Sauce will be representative of Asia, while a Grilled Head-on Shrimp with Tomatoes, Roasted Fennel, Olives and Sea Urchin Butter Sauce will represent Europe. The primary vegetarian dish will be a Roasted Market Vegetable Curry with Quinoa, Zucchini and Lime Chutney, focusing on Asian flavors. A New York Strip Steak or Beef Short Rib with Potatoes will offer a more familiar option for guests as well.
The beverage menu will be likewise varied, with handcrafted cocktails and beers focusing on Africa, Asia, and South America. Non-alcoholic options will include exotic-fruit-flavored lemonades, premium loose teas from Africa and Asia, and coffee made with beans from Colombia, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.
Master Sommelier and Food & Beverage Concept and Development Director for Disney Parks Brian Koziol shares: “With a focus on South American and South African wines, the beverage program is very special – we don’t have another one like it at Disney.” Also, “The program will focus on environmentality: producers that focus on sustainability, organic wines, and bio-dynamic viticulture.”
Nomad Lounge, which will be adjacent to Tiffins, will have 55 indoor seats and 46 covered outdoor seats for guests who will be able to select from a half-dozen small plates including a Vegetarian Summer Roll, a Seared Wagu Beef Skewer, Honey-glazed Coriander-spiced Pork Ribs, Indian Butter Chicken Wings, and Chicken Liver Pate with Chutney. A dish of Seasonal Fish Balls with Shishito Peppers and House-made Head Cheese will also be on offer. Look for the beverage menu at Nomad Lounge to be similar to that at Tiffins.
Looks like some pretty unique fare for a theme park restaurant to me! But I’d like to know what YOU think of the menu…
What are your thoughts on the dishes named so far for Tiffins and Nomad Lounge? Please let us know with a comment!