= Cara's Favorite
African-inspired breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet with Donald and Friends.
One of Disney’s more interesting buffets, Tusker House offers a wide variety of healthy fare, an emphasis on whole grains, and many vegetarian choices, all with an African twist. Accompany your meal with a nice glass of South African wine and save room for the plethora of savory desserts served in tasting portions perfect for trying just a bite of everything. Better yet, Donald, Daisy, Mickey, and Goofy are on hand to spice up the atmosphere.
African, Asian, and Latin-inspired cuisine. Lunch and dinner.
Finer dining has come to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Tiffins sits at the entrance to Pandora: World of Avatar with a not only a more sophisticated menu but Nomad, a much-needed-for-this-park, indoor-outdoor lounge overlooking a peaceful waterway.
Inside are three dining areas: Trek Gallery with its Asian influences; Grand Gallery, the largest filled with carved wood poles and walls of folk art from indigenous artists from around the world; and Safari Gallery celebrating Eastern and Southern Africa. What the restaurant’s artwork represents are the various places the Disney Imagineers visited on their quest to create the Animal Kingdom park; therefore, as a reflection of this, the menu is global and exotic.
The house bread served on arrival is a wheat focaccia accompanied by olive oil and pomegranate-molasses dipping sauce. Moving on to the first course, the lobster popcorn Thai curry soup is delicious but quite rich in terms of spices. Most can’t resist anything with the word “lobster” in it, although there was literally only one piece in the entire bowl. The sprinkle of “popcorn” is actually popped sorghum and there’s a smidgen of lime-basil emulsion, much like a pesto. Another starter to consider is the complex apple-walnut salad with heirloom apples, candied walnuts, and apple cider vinaigrette, but, of course I love anything with bibb lettuce as an ingredient, and the addition of celery hearts and endive added to the flavor of a delicious salad. Or try the sustainable seasonal fish crudo, thinly sliced and served almost raw with a dousing of lime and a sprinkle of smoked sea salt. Topped with a roasted corn and tomato salsa, sashimi lovers will go wild for this South American version.
A daily sustainable fish—this time branzino—is prepared crispy fried in a light batter and served on a somewhat gritty tasting, fermented and curry-spiced black bean sauce. Scattered atop the fish is a crispy green papaya salad. For dinner the fish is served whole so an exciting presentation for sure. Better yet is the slightly spicy chicken breast rubbed and marinated in chermoula, a Moroccan herb sauce, served with light and fluffy couscous and dabs of harisssa-spiced yogurt.
At lunch opt for the Taste of Tiffins offering a “pick 2” entrée choice for a special price, perfect for when you just can’t make up your mind on what you would like to try.
Asian cuisine. Lunch and dinner.