The other day I figured I’d change things up at the park and allow our Instagram followers to choose some of the things we did via our Insta-Story. One of those things was what we’d have for lunch. I gave the option of Mr. Kamal’s or Harambe Market in Animal Kingdom, thinking Mr. Kamal’s would win because french fries. To my surprise Harambe Market won, which meant I got to eat there for my first time.
Harambe Market is located in Animal Kingdoms Africa section. The theme is an open air market and you can catch the train going by when it’s in service. The menu is very meat heavy but they do have a Roasted Vegetable Bowl. They recently redid this menu so I was excited to see what was in the bowl.
When I got to the register I asked the cast member if I could speak with someone about my sons allergy and us being vegan. Instead she gave me an allergy menu and said the bowl was vegan. I noticed the Roasted Vegetable Bowl was not listed as safe for milk allergies (which usually means not safe for vegans either). When I asked her she said she didn’t know why it wasn’t safe, so I again asked to speak with a manager or chef, so she went to get one this time.
This situation was a little frustrating since we wasted time by not getting someone the first time, the chef came over to speak with me and told me I couldn’t have the sauce since it contained dairy. The old menu said it was topped with a yogurt, the new one just says salsa. He said I could get the bowl without the yogurt and it was vegan, I confirmed about the rice as well. I attempted to order a bowl and an additional side of rice for my son (since the only kids options are meat and an Uncrustable). I paid and went to the pick up window.
My food was ready immediately, which is rare for us. I noticed my bowl looked half full and there was a giant pile of rice in another container on the tray. I asked the cast member if the bowl was the normal portion and she said yes, looking quickly I assumed the rice was mixed in and left to find a table.
After sitting down I see that I was not given an additional side of rice, even though I explained wanting extra rice two times, but just rice on the side. (After looking at my receipt I notice I was not charged for an additional side). Honestly this was fine because it was a ton of food, I had plenty of rice to add to my bowl and for my son to eat as well.
The Roasted Vegetable Bowl was full of sweet potatoes, zucchini, cauliflower, and chickpeas. It had a lot of heat to it, which I assume the yogurt helps keep cool. If you aren’t a big spicy fan, skip this.
The vegetables were all a good texture and the spice was great. The whole bowl was delicious and the cilantro rice was very good. This is a dish I will absolutely be getting again. I posted this on Instagram today and a cast member said it was supposed to come with a small salad too, I don’t know why they didn’t give me that. I looked up other reviews from blogs about the new menu and noticed the bowls with meat have a salsa but no yogurt and the various vegetarian bowls have no salsa but have the unadvertised yogurt on them.
As a whole I really enjoyed this dish. So thank you Instagram for encouraging me to try this and not just eat french fries for lunch. Lastly, this location allows for mobile ordering. It has the option to “remove salsa” but I don’t know if that would actually take off the yogurt, so I recommend ordering it in person.
Review from February 2019.