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The Yak and Yeti Restaurant - Animal Kingdom
A lovely time to arrive at Animal Kingdom is at opening time. The traffic is reasonable at that time of the morning and many of the characters are at the front of the Park only too ready to sign autographs and have their photos taken.
When you enter the Park be sure to get your copy of the Park Guide. This will give you a map of the Park as well as the times of the shows and the appearance times and locations of the characters Meet and Greet throughout the day. Usually early in the day we go to Camp Minnie Mickey where Mickey and Minnie can be found. This is also a nice shaded area if the day is very hot.
Last time we visited Animal Kingdom we went to the Yak and Yeti restaurant, which is located in Asia, for lunch. We arrived slightly before the normal lunch hour to beat the rush and were lucky enough to get a table on the outside porch. This is a big two storey restaurant and the atmosphere and attention to detail was incredible throughout the restaurant, it is very well done and we felt transported to a different place. I have been told but do not know if it is true that the Yak and Yeti is run by the same company that runs the Rainforest Cafe and the Downtown Disney Dinosaur restaurant.
Our youngest girl chose from the children’s menu and she had Vegetable Lo Main. This was served with a choice of carrot sticks, applesauce cup and chicken fried rice. She added milk which came with a souvenir cup. The whole meal must have been good because it was soon gone and an Ice-Cream Sundae ordered!
The rest of us started with pork pot stickers and pork eggrolls. The pot stickers were very good and served attractively. The eggrolls were equally good but people who don’ t like a lot of spice might not enjoy them as much as they had a lot of black pepper in them. They were served with a delicious chili plum sauce.
For lunch we decided to share several dishes as we would at home. We ordered a bowl of fried rice, maple glazed tamarind chicken, crispy honey chicken, and the crispy mahi mahi.
The rice was great nothing like we would get in a Chinese back in the UK. My Mother did not have the Mahi Mahi as she is not a big fish lover but the rest of it thought it was good. We were all disappointed in the Crispy Honey Chicken as it was more like chicken nuggets with a sweet sauce. However the Maple Tamarind Chicken was delicious. The chicken was served fan-style and the meat was very moist. The marinade gave the chicken a beautiful red colour a bit like tandoori chicken with a wonderful flavour.
We had enjoyed our meal and did not have room for a desert yet they looked very good and included Mango Pie, Chocolate Brownie Sundae and Fried Wontons. We vowed to leave room for them on our next visit!
After we left the restaurant we had a stroll through the Y and Y store which has a vast selection of merchandise.
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