We all know Morocco in Epcot has some of the best offerings for vegans. So it’s no surprise that both of the table service restaurants here do a great job of catering to vegans. Recently Bridget and I had lunch here to get a refresher on it. She had never eaten here and it had been about 5 years since Corey and I had. It wasn’t that we didn’t like it when we went in 2013, so I have no idea why it took this long to come back.
Bridget and I were able to snag a day of reservation for lunch. We got there around 11:15, our reservation was for 11:30. We don’t think the restaurant opened until 11:30, as no one else was there to check in. Once it was time for check in, and we had thoroughly cooled down in the air conditioning, we spoke with the hostess who then took us to our seats. There was only one other couple in there when we were seated.
We spoke with our server and told him we were vegan, he seemed a little confused but once I said “peanut allergy” in regards to my son, he said he’d grab a chef. He quickly came back with a chef who we explained that we were vegan and the peanut allergy. When we went here in 2013 we had an incredible appetizer that is listed on the menu out front but was not listed on the lunch menu. We asked him if he could make us that appetizer, as this was the real reason for eating here. He had no problem with that and said he would make the Vegetable Couscous vegan for us, I believe it typically is prepared with butter.
While we were waiting for our appetizer, we got to enjoy our fancy Moroccan specialty drinks. Bridget opted for a Oasis Mimosa and I had a Sahara Splash. While we were waiting, our server returned with some bread and asked if we wanted it, I jokingly said “only if it’s vegan!” His response was “oh no it has dried milk.” Bridget and I looked at each other confused as he walked away with it. I don’t know if he was just on auto pilot with bringing bread or if he thought we didn’t care about milk. Either way, he was rather odd on several occasions during our lunch.
We received our appetizer which was Moroccan Salads for Two. This appetizer alone is worth going here and getting as your own meal. It comes with falafel, roasted eggplant salad (baba ganoush), hummus, tabbouleh and crispy pita chips. The falafel here is much like the one from Tangierine Cafe.
The crispy pita is literally the best thing here. It is fresh and so crunchy and full of flavor. Unfortunately I had to forfeit 90% of mine to little dude. The hummus and baba are super creamy and have great flavor. The tabbouleh here is pretty much the same as Tangierine Cafe too. Nice and tangy and full of parsley.
Our entrees were very simple but also very good. The Vegetable Couscous comes with potatoes, carrot, chickpeas and zucchini. It’s nothing amazing, but it is a great fresh dish with legumes!
Once we were done eating and trying to pay our server was no where to be found. At this point there was maybe 5 other tables of people eating lunch. It took almost 20 minutes to pay and leave after we finished eating. For an empty restaurant, you’d at least expect better service.
I don’t know if I would go back again anytime soon. The food is good, our service was okay. I would definitely recommend going here just for the appetizer and skipping the entree, if I’m being 100% honest.
Review from June 2018.