Monday, December 2, 2013

Yak and Yeti

At Disney, the imagineering department makes sure that a ride is never just a ride; that a resort room is never just a resort room; or that a restaurant is never just a restaurant.  Animal Kingdom's Yak and Yeti restaurant is truly not your average table service location.  It has a story.


As you enter, you are transported to Anandapur in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains - and the home of Arjun, a wealthy merchant who has fallen on hard times.  Arjun has turned his lavish home into a hotel and restaurant - Yak and Yeti.  All the decor and artifacts throughout the hotel were collected by Arjun in his travels throughout Southeast Asia.



For this visit we had lunch reservations.  I like to arrive early so that I can really have a chance to look at all artifacts that Arjun has collected.  The restaurant has a really cozy feel with a series of rooms both on the main level and up the stairs (there is an elevator for those who need it).



We like to sit upstairs by the windows - we have a great view and it's fun to people watch.  If you'd like, you could even schedule an early dinner here and have a fabulous (and air conditioned!) seat to watch the Jammin' Jungle parade.


 Food wise, the general flavors of Yak and Yeti are pan Asian.

First - I ordered a Yeti Blast.  There is an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version.  It's like a giant slushie with lime, mango, and strawberry flavors.


We decided to have appetizers - trying the pot stickers and the wok fried green beans.  Oh.My.Word.  The green beans come with this sweet Thai chili dipping sauce - so so good.  I am always a sucker for pot stickers and wontons - so these are a must do every time for my family.  And now.  The wok fried green beans are a must do!



For entrees we had the Malaysian seafood curry (which they can make extra spicy for you if you want!) and the Shaoxing steak and shrimp.



And then for dessert there was mango pie and chocolate cake with raspberry sauce.  Now, I am a firm believer that fruit does not equal dessert.  And that chocolate should not mix with fruit.  So, when I asked them to substitute the raspberry sauce for chocolate sauce it was no problem - and our waitress said that it's actually a pretty common request.



Yak and Yeti is one of our favorite tables services at Disney.  The themeing, the decor, and especially the food make this a stand out!  So...how about you?  Have you had a meal at Yak and Yeti? 

Katrina

5 comments:

  1. I have the SAME view on desserts! Fruit is NOT dessert and should not interfere with desserts like chocolate deliciousness!

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  2. We ate here in Oct and loved it. I especially loved the decor inside.

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  3. I have heard nothing but good about this restaurant and I am dying to try it when we go in December.

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  4. We are going to Disney World in 2015 and this looks like a place to go to. Thanks for the info.

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  5. We absolutely loved the food here on our visit a few years back!

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