Epcot was without a doubt our most visited park this year during our Disney trip. Why? Because of the food!
The fact that there are so many different types of food at World Showcase is what kept us coming back. Before leaving on our trip, we made reservations for three different dinners here: one in Mexico, one in Japan and the third in China. Out of those, our first stop was China on our second night of the trip.
We dined at the Nine Dragons Restaurant which is located right inside the China Pavilion.
Before we went in, we took in the Reflections of China show, which is shown in a room where you stand and the screen surrounds you in 360 degrees, and we also took a look around the small Chinese museum in the same area.
When we finally arrived at Nine Dragons, we were seated right away, thanks to our reservation, and our waiter was a man who had spent most of his life living in China, but who had been working in this particular location since the 80′s. He was very attentive and extraordinarily polite as a waiter. I have no complaints about the service here.
I ended up getting the veggie stir fry, which was a little on the small side. When it arrived, I thought to myself “I’m still going to be hungry after this”, but despite that fact, it was very tasty and I cleaned my plate. It came with big chunks of eggplant, which is something I really haven’t seen before in a Chinese stir fry. I also got myself an iced chai tea, something I never order (I usually stick to water, diet coke or something alcoholic when I’m out at restaurants), but since our plan came with a free drink, I decided to try it out.
Our second visit to Epcot brought us to Japan. D especially loves Japanese food and Japanese culture, so there was no way we were going to miss Japan on our trip.
We ate at Teppan Edo, which was kind of like a hibachi-style dining experience. We were seated at a big table with two other parties and were treated to a show of the chef cooking our meals on the grill. I was not even the only vegetarian at our table that day! Nice surprise.
Luckily they did have one veggie option, and our waitress was also kind enough to ask both us vegetarians at the table if we minded if our meals were cooked on the same grill as the meat. Very considerate! We both said we didn’t mind, but I do wonder what would have happened if one of us had said yes. Would they have cooked our food at a different table, then brought it to us?
I got a little nervous at first when the chef started cooking, because everyone got a small helping of veggies as a side dish with their meal and that was put on all our plates first. I wondered if that would be all I was getting? I found out in about 10 – 15 minutes that it wasn’t. Phew! The veggie dish came with udon noodles and lots of veggies. But the real star of this meal was the dessert: chocolate ginger cake. The middle was a ginger cream and the top was a chocolate frosting/glaze. Delicious.
Our final Epcot meal took place at La Hacienda de San Angel in Mexico – the one I had been most excited about as Mexican food is my absolute favorite.
We had eaten a quick serve meal in Mexico during our last trip that we also revisited for lunch a few days prior to this particular meal that had the best salsa (sooo hot and spicy), and it turned out they used the same salsa at this restaurant. I was excited.
This restaurant did not have any vegetarian options whatsoever on the menu – however, I wasn’t worried because I had picked up a valuable tip from our travel agent before we arrived: if you’re a vegetarian or have any special dietary need, they will accommodate you at Disney no matter where you go. So, when the waiter came over, I asked if there was anything vegetarian I could have and he offered me two different things that were not listed: veggie tacos and veggie enchiladas. I went with the tacos:
They were SO DELICIOUS, especially with some of that spice salsa on top. And the serving was so big I couldn’t even think about finishing them (very rare for me!). I was so incredibly full afterward.
As you can see, we got to sample a whole lot of really interesting cuisine while we were in Epcot this year, and should we go back for another trip someday, we’ll probably try out another several countries.