Dining in World Showcase, Spice Road Table

This review reflects our experience in May of 2015.

Have you wanted to experience Moroccan cuisine in the comfort of Disney World? Lucky for you there is a Morocco pavilion in Disney’s Epcot! Morocco features three places to eat that include two table services and one quick service. Spice Road Table in a table service restaurant found along World Showcase Lagoon and offers a perfect viewing area for Epcot’s evening fireworks show IllumiNations.

When Spice Road Table opened in early 2014 it was considered a quick service sit down. Recently they switched Spice Road Table to a restaurant that accepts ADR’s, advance dining reservations, with this change they have expanded their menu. The menu previously only featured small plates, appetizers and drinks. The new menu now contains small plates, entrees, desserts and drinks.

View of Spaceship Earth from our table
View of Spaceship Earth from our table

When we arrived to Spice Road Table we didn’t have a reservation, the restaurant was not busy at the time and we were able to be seated. Spice Road Table features two main dining areas, one inside, where we were seated, and one outside on a patio. Had it been later in the evening for an IllumiNations viewing we would have requested the patio seating.

Previously we have tried the Rice Stuffed Grape Leaves and the Hummus and Imported Olives plates. Since they now have full entrees we requested to speak with a chef about what our other options would be. Chef Alex came out and told us we could get the Mediterranean Vegetable Platter with some changes. This dish features hummus fries, grape leaves, babaganoush, olives and pita bread. He told us the hummus fries contained egg so he would see if he could get us some couscous from Tangierine Cafe to replace them. We agreed to this and ordered the Vegetable Platter.

Mediterranean Vegetable Platter
Mediterranean Vegetable Platter

A few minutes later our plates came out and looked delicious! Chef Alex was able to get us couscous which we were very happy about.

Babaganoush and Hummus
Babaganoush and Hummus

The babaganoush was the shining star of this plate. It was the best babaganoush we had ever had. The perfect amount of smoky eggplant taste with a perfect consistency. If we could have just bought a tub of babaganoush for dinner, we would have.

Rice Stuffed Grape Leaves
Rice Stuffed Grape Leaves

The couscous was delicious as it always is from Tangierine Cafe. In the couscous you will find sliced olives, chickpeas and citrus. The grape leaves were nice and tangy with a bit of sweetness from raisins.

Spiced Pita
Spiced Pita

When you get the Vegetable Platter you get a few small pieces of pita bread. We knew this wasn’t enough bread for the amount of hummus and babaganoush we had so luckily they offer more pita when you run out. Make sure to ask for more so you can thoroughly enjoy the babaganoush and hummus.

Hummus and Olives
Hummus and Olives

We really enjoy Spice Road Table, most people over look it because of the price of the food. It is pretty pricey to eat a whole meal here. Small plates are roughly $10 and the vegetable platter is $22. But if you’re planning to share before dinner or just enjoy some Moroccan wine with a great view this is a great spot to eat and hangout.

Would we go again?
Yes, we are aware that it is expensive but the food is delicious!

Price?
$$$

Corey & Melissa

Sunset on the Savanna, Dining at Sanaa

This review reflects our experience in May of 2015.

Animal Kingdom Lodge boasts views of a Savannah and African inspired lodging. Animal Kingdom Lodge is split up into two main buildings, Jambo House and Kidani Village. Each building offers a unique view of the savannah as well as different dining experiences. Sanaa is an African inspired restaurant found in Kidani Village. This small restaurant makes you feel like you are dining under tree canopies while you sit level with the savannah.

Sanaa Vegan Menu May 2015
Sanaa Vegan Menu May 2015

Sanaa offers a full vegan menu, you just need to ask your host or server when you are seated. The menu features multiple appetizers, the bread service (although it is slightly modified), multiple entrees and desserts. This is a great option for vegans traveling with non-vegans or who are just looking to eat a whole lot of delicious food!

Chana Tikki
Chana Tikki

We decided to indulge and get an appetizer with our meal. We opted for the Chana Tikki over Samosas. The dish came with three small patties with a sauce. The chickpea patties were pretty good, they weren’t overly flavorful, but we really enjoyed the coriander chutney that came with it.

Indian Style Bread Service - Vegan
Indian Style Bread Service

Next we opted for the bread service. We had been told from many people that one of the best parts of Sanaa was the bread service. The bread service for vegans is a little different.For starters Sanaa’s bread isn’t vegan, to replace the bread we get falafel chips. Additionally the standard plate comes with 9 sauces, the vegan version is only 8 as the 9th is a yogurt based dip. The dips included hummus, chutneys, pickled garlic and more. We were given a 9th dip that was just super spicy, which is typically cooled down the yogurt based dip.

Vegetables and chickpeas in goan curry sauce and Vegetable Wat
Vegetables and Chickpeas in Goan Curry Sauce and Vegetable Wat

When we picked our entrees for dinner I asked the server what the seasonal greens were. She told us that they were the same as the vegetable wat. That being said we opted to both try a different chickpea dish. Corey went with the Goan Curry and I went with the Chickpea Wat. The Goan Curry was our favorite, with a mild coconut curry flavor.

Chickpea Wat
Chickpea Wat

The Chickpea Wat was really good. It was full of vegetables, tomato sauce and had a nice spicy kick to it. Not anything like some of the dips during bread service, but enough heat to warm you up.

Vegetable Wat
Vegetable Wat

The Vegetable Wat was the same as the chickpea but, surprise, without chickpeas. The vegetables in it included onions, zucchini and leafy greens. The basmati rice had a lot of lemon zest on it, a little too much for my liking.

Our Sanaa Feast
Our Sanaa Feast

We really enjoyed Sanaa. We also ate way too much. Everything we had was delicious and it was reasonably priced for the amount of food we got. We highly recommend this restaurant to vegans and pretty much anyone, it’s that good.

Would we go back?
Yes! Lots of vegan options, great atmosphere, delicious food!

Price
$$

Melissa & Corey

50’s Prime Time Disappointment

This review reflects our experience in May of 2015.

Located along Echo Lake in Disney’s Hollywood Studios you will find a fun and funky restaurant. 50’s Prime Time Cafe takes you back in time to the, as you would guess, the 1950’s. Here you enjoy your meal in Mom’s kitchen fit with classic televisions and funky decor. We have enjoyed 50’s Prime Time in the past but not so much this time.

Where did Sissy's Vegetarian Meatballs go?
Where did Sissy’s Vegetarian Meatballs go?

Previously there was an option on the menu here that featured vegan meatballs. When we arrived we were unaware they had been removed from the menu. Much to our disbelief we asked our waitress where “Sissy’s Vegetarian Meatballs” had gone, she informed us that they had just rolled out a new menu just days before because of the addition of the Allergy-Free menus.

She brought out an Allergy-Free menu for us and told us she would grab a chef for us to speak to. We noticed there was now vegetarian meatballs on the allergy menu but they didn’t say they included egg allergies. After minutes passed and she had walked by our table several times she informed us she would try to grab a chef again. After she left Chef Michael came out and informed that they did in fact use egg for the new meatless balls.

50's Prime Time Cafe Allergy Menu
50’s Prime Time Cafe Allergy Menu

While speaking with Chef Michael I asked about vegan milkshakes as we have previously gotten them here. He told us they could no longer do them because of the allergy concerns and cross contamination. I asked about a coke float and he agreed to do that. We talked about our options for our meal and he mentioned some sort of layered vegetable Napoleon. He asked which vegetables we would like and went on his way to the kitchen.

A minute after he left us our waitress returned with a different chef. He didn’t seem too happy to be talking to us and was being very pushy. We had informed him that we had just spoken to Chef Michael and he kept asking us what we wanted to eat. He then told us the meatless meatballs contained egg then said they did not. This made us feel very uneasy because he just seemed like he wanted us to eat something on the menu and not have to make anything else. We finally convinced him that we were taken care of and he left.

Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce
Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce

Our food finally came out and we were incredibly disappointed. We had just spent $20 per person on something a toddler would eat. We had spaghetti with a little bit of tomato sauce with green beans and carrots on the side. Now we understand they can’t make a lavish dish with a ton of vegetables because they can only make food with what is in the kitchen, but again, this was a disappointment. The pasta was boring, the veggies weren’t seasoned.

Vanilla Tofutti with Coca Cola
Vanilla Tofutti with Coca Cola

I also received a coke float with Tofutti vanilla ice cream. Luckily I got this otherwise I would have left even more disappointed. Corey opted for a special allergy-friendly brownie sundae which he said was very good. The brownie was more like a cake slice and the dessert saved his meal for him too.

Chef's Special Chocolate Brownie - Allergy Menu
Chef’s Special Chocolate Brownie – Allergy Menu

We spoke to Chef Michael about some potential items for vegans since the meatballs are no longer vegan friendly. We really hope they will come out with a new vegan item here but until we see a change on the menu we will not be back. No milkshakes and no vegan meatballs means no eating at 50’s Prime Time Cafe for us.

Would we go back?
Not until we see a vegan friendly change, this was not a great experience.

Price?
$$

Corey & Melissa

Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party

No visit to Magic Kingdom is complete without a breathtaking fireworks display to cap off your evening, however, it becomes less magical when you are tired, hungry, and it’s crowded! The Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party is a magical way to experience the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular while enjoying delicious desserts and beverages and without fighting for a great view.

We first heard about this elusive, seasonal experience and thought it would be a great way to celebrate a wedding anniversary. This was in 2012, and at the time the price came to around $40 per adult. This included an unlimited dessert buffet with hot and cold beverages, plus a reserved table under the covered patio at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant, which sits at the entry of Tomorrowland. You are also able to walk up to the railing and view Wishes, right under the spot where Tinkerbell magically floats through the air. There is a disclaimer that room at the railing isn’t reserved or guaranteed, but it seems that no one had trouble viewing the display.

Paul with his dessert plate
Paul with his dessert plate

All of this sounds great, but what about vegan options? When we called Disney dining reservations we noted that we were vegan, and were assured that our special diet could and would be accommodated. We had no idea to what degree, and were pleasantly surprised!

Upon arrival, we checked in, and someone announced that the vegans had arrived (!). A cast member came over and explained that we would be receiving a special plate of treats, and also walked through which items on the buffet were vegan. They basically included fruit and most beverages (coffee, hot and cold tea, sodas, water). We were escorted to our table, which was nicely decorated with Mickey confetti, and waited for our plates to arrive.

Dessert Plate
Dessert Plate

We were blown away by the selection: sorbets, three types of cake, cookies, strawberry roses and grapes. The plate was huge and we both started to dig in, when the cast member explained that we were each going to have our own, and that the second dish was still being plated. The quality of each item, particularly the cake, was incredible, and the berries were very fresh. The cookies were definitely pre-packaged, but still tasty.

Dessert Plate
Dessert Plate

We enjoyed our large array of treats and then stood at the railing to enjoy Wishes with other Dessert Party guests. Truly a magical evening!

FYI: I have read on several websites that this experience is being re-imagined and also re-named the Wishes Dessert Party (better name, in our opinion!). The price is also currently 53.24 for adults, including tax.

Would we go back?
Yes, for a VERY special occasion!

Price:
$$$$ (over 50 dollars for dessert, whoa!)

Tara & Paul

Bier und Kraut, Biergarten

This review reflects our experience in May of 2015.

Germany may be one of the most popular pavilions in Epcot’s World Showcase, mostly because of the beer and pretzels. In the German pavilion there are a few shops, beer carts and food. Most importantly in the Germany pavilion is the local Biertgarten. Biergartens in Germany are very popular and are full of music, friends and food.

Biergarten used to be one of my favorite places to eat with my family prior to becoming vegan. The last few years have not felt right without the entertainment inside Biergarten so we decided on our trip in May 2015 to give it a try as vegans. We booked our reservation for lunch as it is about $10 cheaper than the dinner prices. Our reservation was for right when it opened so unfortunately we were unable to see the live entertainment as they don’t start until after 1pm.

Biergarten Inside
Biergarten Inside

Upon our arrival we told our hostess of our vegan diet and she marked our ticket for the server. Since Biergarten is a German restaurant, you get seated German style, AKA with strangers if you don’t have a party of 8 to fill the table. Once we were seated with our table-mates the server told us he would let a chef know to show us the buffet.

A few minutes later the chef came out, we told him we were vegan and he said that we were pretty limited on the buffet. As he walked us through what we could and could not eat we felt that there was plenty for us to eat!

Cabbage, Beet Salad, Green Bean Salad and Tomato Salad
Cabbage, Beet Salad, Green Bean Salad and Tomato Salad

There is a salad bar that offers lettuce and a few toppings as well as some dressings. Next to the standard salad was a selection of other salads. Here we could eat tomato salad, green bean salad, beet salad and cabbage. The tomato salad may have been one of the best things I’ve eaten in Disney World. It was definitely vinegar based which made it tangy and we think had mustard seeds in it. The green bean salad was pretty good, the beans had been blanched and had a nice crunch to them.

Fresh Pickles
Fresh Pickles

Next he said we could eat the fresh pickles and breads. There was a basket that featured small rolls and pretzels.

Potato Wedges
Potato Wedges

Continuing down the buffet line he said we were okay to eat the potatoes. The potatoes were pretty good but not anything special. They were pretty much the standard potato wedges you find at buffets throughout the Disney parks.

Cooked Green Beans
Cooked Green Beans

Next in line was the cooked green beans. I enjoyed these more than the green bean salad since they were cooked.

Rice With Peas
Rice With Peas

When the chef said we wouldn’t be able to eat much we were expecting to just have a lettuce salad and some beer. But he just kept leading us down the line and we were more and more impressed with our selections as he went. He told us we could eat the rice with peas. It was just a basic white rice with peas so this was a nice addition to the vegetables we could eat.

Sautéed Veggies and Red Cabbage
Sautéed Veggies and Red Cabbage

Finally we hit the end of the buffet and the last two items we could eat. Here we found sautéed vegetables and a red cabbage dish. The red cabbage dish was delicious.

1/2 Liters and Buffet Round One
1/2 Liters and Buffet Round One

We were incredibly impressed with the selection of food we could eat here. The food was absolutely delicious. This was a unique experience as a vegan because there is a ton of meat on the buffet. But almost all of the “side dishes” on the buffet were vegan as is. The one thing I wish we could have gotten was a vegan dessert after watching the rest of our table return with dessert plates piled high.

Prost!

Would we go back?
Absolutely. Although next time we’ll plan accordingly to see the live music and so I can make Corey do the chicken dance.

Price
$$$ (Prices vary from lunch to dinner so be sure to check dining times)

Corey & Melissa