Puerto Rico’s kiosk for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is host to a fantastic use of space. With all of the other kiosks set on the sides of the walkways, it feels like a destination. A destination that could use some more tables, but a destination nonetheless. I only was able to try Puerto Rico this past weekend, and little did I know how much I had been missing out!
Disney did a really nice job with the area. The kiosk itself is simple, but it has a nice feel being sectioned off from the main path. It’s a feeling you don’t obtain with kiosks elsewhere in the Festival – Not even in Brazil with it’s little seating area, or Germany for that matter. I think that I would prefer to see less kiosks overall but each with a nice setting. Despite how busy it is, there is a calm and less rushed sense here.
Of course, all of the food sounded delicious, so we tried one of everything!
I was most excited for the Ensalda de Carrucho. Conch Salad isn’t found much on WDW property, if at all. I’m trying to picture menus, but you’re going to find chowder or fritters as its method of delivery.
Tucked underneath the Conch Salad itself is some white rice, but conch is truly the main event here. This salad is bright with its diced peppers, onions, and tomatoes. There’s a great acidity from vinegar and the cilantro is refreshing, especially on these hot and humid days we’ve been having. I’ll definitely be ordering this again before the Festival ends.
Matt was interested in the Carne Guisada con Arroz Blanco. He tends to love any dish resembling stew, and this was no different. There were several pieces of hearty, tender, slow-braised beef in a simple, yet flavorful, tomato broth.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this makes another appearance for us either. Unfortunately, there isn’t a recipe for it in this year’s cookbook. I’d definitely make this at home, and think it would be easily adapted for a Crockpot dinner (especially once we start getting fall weather here!).
The Puerto Rican-grown Rice was fine, but I didn’t taste anything different from the rice in my pantry.
The Tostones were good, but I would have liked them more if they were served hot. When it comes to plantains, I prefer them in chip form, but this hearty portion had a nice flavor. The Mayo Ketchup was an accompaniment I’d not had with plantains before, and the savory nuance played well with the slightly sweet Tostones. There is definitely enough of this dish to share!
The Flancocho. I think Matt would have taken my hand off if I got in his way of eating this. 😉 This will likely make the cut along with the Carne Guisada and Ensalada as a dish we order again. The chocolate cake on the bottom was moist, the custard was not too sweet, and the caramel was just plain delicious. You know I’m not big on desserts, but I really liked this one.
Overall, Disney did a fantastic job with Puerto Rico. The dishes were simple but delicious, and there isn’t anything – foodwise, as least – we wouldn’t order again. Well, we probably won’t get the Tostones again, but by no means because we didn’t like them. I’m sure most of you attending the Festival already have this kiosk marked since it’s new, but be sure to use the money you might have spent on say, the Berliner in Germany, and put it to more delicious use here. 😉
We’ll keep you posted on updated reviews from Puerto Rico as the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival continues. What have you tried from the kiosk, and what did you think? What are you looking forward to trying?