is one of Epcot’s World Showcase Counter Service classics thanks to delicious and authentic eats.
However, this beautiful Pavilion can be overlooked in regards to dining, even while showcasing great food in beautiful surroundings with Restaurant Marrakesh, Spice Road Table, and again, the spot we’re visiting today — Tangierine Cafe. It’s understandable, though, that when groups (especially families with little ones) travel together, the Pavilion offering possibly the most different flavors from what the majority of the group may be used to might be the easiest to pass.
Still, no matter what your or your traveling companions’ flavor preferences might be, I can think of few people who can argue against Baklava. Buttery and flaky puff pastry filled with honey and nuts (walnuts, cashews, or pistachios, while we’re at it), you’ll find a few varieties tucked into the pastry case located past the primary ordering counter at Tangierine Cafe.
You’ll have to go on a hunt because the pastries are located in a small alcove of sorts beyond the main ordering area. They’ll be on your left when facing the entree ordering stations. Your search will be rewarded with the view of a case full of items like Chocolate or Tangerine Rolls (or Roulades), Semolina Cookies and Almond Pastries alongside more standard muffins and cookies.
But Baklava remains the star offering, presented in the varieties previously mentioned above: Walnut, Cashew, Pistachio, and… why, what’s this I spy with my little eye? A Chocolate Honey Baklava, right there on the top row!
The presentation differs from the more typically featured triangular Walnut Baklava (the variety usually served at the Morocco Booth during the Food and Wine Festival). The Chocolate Honey Baklava is rolled like the Cashew version, only it’s larger than the three “minis” you receive with the Cashew.
In this instance, the crisp, flaky dough is topped off with milk chocolate and honey.
The sweet layer inside is filled with chopped nuts tossed in the honey-syrup mix.
The finishing touch is a few more sliced almonds that taste terrific with the honey. With this version, the chocolate lends an additional hint of sweetness to a dessert that doesn’t typically place emphasis on sweet. If Baklava is one of your staple Epcot snacks, the Chocolate Honey option gives you a chance to shake things up a little bit!
Due in most part to the puff pastry, Baklava isn’t a fill-you-up kind of snack or dessert. For $3.25, what you’re getting is a chance to enjoy an authentic taste of unique flavors and fun textures that still allow you to save some room to keep snacking your way around the Showcase!
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