To kick off my year of Disney, I went on an adult only trip with some of my girlfriends from the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Every year, the panel plans a get together and it’s always tons of fun. This trip, actually, turned into a trip of firsts for me. The first time changing resorts at 2 a.m., the first time I fell trying to get on a Disney bus (how embarrassing) and the first time I’ve eaten at Animal Kingdoms’s Yak & Yeti. At least one of those things turned out well, ha!
Located near Expedition Everest, sits Yak & Yeti Restaurant. It is both a quick service dining location with seating outside or you can venture inside the restaurant to have a table service meal. My friends and I did not have a dining reservation but before we ordered quick service, we slipped inside and asked the hostess if there was any availability. It was right around noon and to my surprise we got seated right away! That has never happened to me at a Disney restaurant and we were all pretty excited because none of us had eaten there before.
As soon as we were seated our server popped over to take our drink orders. Yak & Yeti has a really fun cocktail menu. Our table ordered:
- Rickshaw Rickie – Skyy Vodka, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, Muddled Oranges, Limes and Sprite
- Yak Attack – Mango Daiquiri, Don Q Cristal Rum & Wildberry Flavors
- Kiwi Kimono – Parrot Bay Coconut Run, Vodka, Midori Melon Liqueur Fresh Kiwi and Sweet and Sour
I thought each of the cocktails were very tasty. Our server recommended the Rickshaw Rickie as it’s the most popular cocktail on the menu. The girls who ordered this were slightly disappointed in the flavor. The muddled orange and lime flavor really didn’t come through. It reminded my of a vodka water with a hint of sprite. Not the best. The Yak Attack was the typical frozen daiquiri, sweet and slushy. It would hit the spot on any warm Florida day. I ordered the Kiwi Kimono and I think it won best drink on the table. It was fruity and sweet without being overpowering. This reminded me of a tropical version of a Midori Sour. The coconut toned the sourness down just enough where I could have easily ordered another one to sip on during lunch!
After our impromptu cocktail time, we ordered lunch. The menu boasts a variety of options each with an Asian flair, enough to please even the pickiest of eaters. Our table got a variety of items:
- Ahi Tuna Nachos – Sushi grade Ahi, Asian slaq, crispy fried wontons, wasabi aioli, sweet soy glaze
- Dim Sum Basket – Pork pot stickers, shrimp siu mai, cha su bao & pork siu mai steamed on a banana leaf with soy lime dipping sauce
- Chicken Tikka Masala – Boneless chicken marinated in yogurt and freshly ground herbs cooked in traditional masala sauce, jasmine rice and garlic naan bread
- Crispy Honey Chicken – Tempura chicken, sugar snap peas, carrots and honey sauces with brown rice
I’m not kidding you when I say everything was delicious! It was such a surprise for us especially coming from a restaurant that’s kind of tucked away and forgotten about. Wow, wow, wow, was the food good! I ordered the Crispy Honey Chicken and devoured my whole plate (which was a big portion, let’s not talk about it mmk). The honey chicken was wonderfully flavored, sweet and crispy just like it should be. The sugar snap peas were actually my favorite part, they were seasoned and cooked to perfection. The brown rice was a nice addition and tied the whole dish together. This would be a great choice for people who aren’t in love with Asian flavors or for kids who want something more than the kids menu has to offer. My husband and daughter would have loved this! I sampled the Chicken Tikka Masala and instantly wished I would have ordered it. It was spicy in all of the right places. This dish is more for the lover of spices and heat. I loved that it was served with naan bread to soak up all the saucy goodness in the bowl. The other two ladies split the Dim Sum Basket and the Ahi Tuna Nachos. Both were large portions and it was plenty of food for sharing. I’m not the biggest fan of the Ahi Tuna but these were delicious too. Just the presentation is a show stopper, this is a huge plate of nachos. The tuna itself is the highlight of this dish and there is plenty of it, you are getting your money’s worth here for sure.
The restaurant is beautiful and fits in so well with this area of Animal Kingdom. Every Cast Member we came in contact with during our meal was attentive and super nice, just what you would expect. If I didn’t love Tusker House breakfast so much, this would be my go to spot at Animal Kingdom. I am excited to take my family here, I know they will love it too. And after a full belly, why not head over and ride Expedition Everest – – seems like a good idea, right?!