We’re traveling to Animal Kingdom’s Asia to show off a couple new items on the Yak & Yeti (Anandapur) Local Food Cafes menu!
Not to be confused with the Yak & Yeti Table Service restaurant next door, Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes is a Quick Service option for adventurers on the go! Some items — though not the ones we’re checking out today — are even served in the most adorable Chinese food carry-out boxes.
As expected with Animal Kingdom, the restaurant is beautifully themed. This Indian market blends in perfectly next to the Maharajah Jungle Trek with advertisements for “local” companies, fruit stands, and a cool assortment of seating options.
The first thing you’ll likely see are the long lines, but as the arrow on the sign suggests, there’s plenty of room around the corner!
So don’t let this deter you…
After receiving your food, just follow that arrow and you’ll find A LOT of different seating options, from tables under cover (roof or umbrella) to those out in the open — for days when you want to take in plenty of sunshine.
This little guy found a seat at my favorite spot near the water fountain!
With the restaurant being a few steps from away from the Kali River Rapids attraction, the uncovered seating could be a great place to have a snack and dry off after getting completely soaked.
Now that you’ve found your seat, let’s talk about what’s new to EAT!
Yak and Yeti Local Food Cafes is known for having unique food in a great location. The Honey Chicken remains a fan favorite and the Roasted Vegetable Couscous Wrap was a rather nice surprise when it showed up on the menu. I also love that you can get Egg Rolls and Chicken Fried Rice as DDP snack credits here.
So here’s what’s weird: Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes has always been a spot to visit if you’re craving something outside of your typical burgers and fries. And…alas…the two new entree additions to the menu on my last visit were a Cheeseburger and Hot Dog — both served with fries! Hmmmm.
There is, however, a bit of a twist with the focus on Kobe beef for the new American Kobe Beef Cheeseburger and American Kobe Beef Hot Dog. Let’s start with the Cheeseburger.
Served with thick-cut, well-seasoned fries (that I loved!), the burger is topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Asian pickles. The pickles were VERY thinly sliced – so thin that they don’t really add much flavor, but they do add a nice crunch and slight vinegary taste. The dipping sauce on the side is a sesame soy mayo, which I thought was great! It was more salty than sweet, but still had a mayo-like consistency. I thought the mayo and Asian pickles lent a unique flavor to the burger, so it still falls a leeeeeetle bit outside the norm…I guess.
Of course I was most curious about the Kobe beef patty, which I found to be thicker than the typical Counter Service park burgers, and of better quality. Plus, it was very juicy and flavorful!
This particular burger is pricey at $14.99, but fortunately the meat is noticeably bigger and definitely better. I just wish they wouldn’t cook it to medium-well.
Next up is the American Kobe Beef Hot Dog. It’s served on a fluffy brioche bun and has some customizable options beyond the normal condiment bar.
It’s a bit difficult to read on the menu (even in person), but you have three options for toppings: plain, Banh Mi, or Kimchi. I opted for the Banh Mi! The Kimchi dog is served with Asian Slaw and Korean barbecue sauce. The Banh Mi dog has the same Asian slaw, but also features the Asian pickles that are found on the burger and a chipotle mayo.
Like the burger, I thought the quality of the Kobe hot dog was noticeably better than your run-of-the-mill hot dog – it had a very natural taste and it was less salty than a regular hot dog, too. They didn’t go overboard with the chipotle mayo, so it added just enough spice, flavor, and creamy texture to the meal.
This one is also pretty pricey at $13.99, but you do get a bit of extra quality. The price seems more justified when I think about those delicious fries that come with it.
Buuuuuut….it’s still a pretty freaking expensive hot dog. So expensive that you could actually get a few table service entrees for less. So think hard before you indulge.
Even though these new options aren’t super exciting, it was fun to have a few different ways to customize two American staples. If you’ve spent years shying away from this beautiful spot if you’re not particularly into the Asian fare it typically serves, now might be your chance to stop by Local Food Cafes and experience it for yourself.
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