Lunch at Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes

Last week, Disney Hipsters Adam and Andrew featured a post about the menu changes at Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes, the quick service counterpart to the table service restaurant. They had always skipped the restaurant due to the lack of vegetarian options (a basket of fries or dessert just don’t count). Thanks to a recent menu revamp, that is no longer an issue.

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Now being offered is a Roasted Vegetable Couscous Wrap (be sure to check out their full review here). It sounded pretty good, and I had put it on my agenda. Matt and I made our way to the park, since, because he is a fan of Teriyaki sauce, he might want to try the new Teriyaki Beef Bowl. I was right. ๐Ÿ™‚

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As you can see in the menu above, there are several new additions, including Korean Stir-fry Barbecue Chicken, the aforementioned Teriyaki Beef Bowl, Ginger Chicken salad, and the Roasted Vegetable Couscous Wrap. Gone are the Sweet-and-Sour Chicken, Beef Lo Mein, and the Mandarin Chicken Salad (former menu below). Uncrustables have been added to the Kids’ Menu.

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In addition to the regular menu, a separate sign advertises Aanya’s Daily Chef Special, which was Chicken Curry. The “Featured Beverage” is Beso del Sol Sangria, which is on their regular menu, and there is no change in price between the two.

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Matt considered ordering the Korean Stir-fry Barbecue Chicken, but ultimately chose the Teriyaki Beef Bowl, which features Marinated Beef, Carrots, Snap Peas, Mushrooms, and a Sweet Teriyaki Sauce served with White Rice.

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Matt does not like mushrooms, so he searched through the dish and put them into mine. There were probably 8 or so hidden throughout. We both noticed the lack of beef in this dish. As the most expensive option, we had hoped for more of the protein that was served. As for flavor, it was okay, though Matt lamented, “I wish this was Beef Lo Mein.”

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We noticed that the rice was loosely packed. It was cooked fine, but the loose scoop makes for lesser overall portion of food than the restaurant has had in the past.

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The Chicken Curry, which I ordered, features Chicken, Yellow Curry, Carrots, Onions, Garlic, Ginger, Tomatoes, and is served with Jasmine Rice. Here too, was a loose scoop of rice. Don’t get me wrong – it’s still plenty of food – but the day of the seemingly endless take-out box are gone.

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The curry was quite flavorful here despite its watery appearance – a far cry from Tamu Tamu Refreshment’s version I had in 2013 (I know, they’re different companies). I personally like spicy (heat) curries, so I added several hot sauce packets from the condiment station. All of the vegetables were nicely cooked. The chicken was primarily, if not all, dark meat. I mixed everything together and ate the chicken and vegetables, but ultimately lost interest when there was primarily just chickpeas, rice, and sauce remaining.

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Overall, our dishes were fine, but nothing that we’d have to order again. Neither of us would be opposed to doing so, though. Matt would have preferred having the Beef Lo Mein, which is now gone, and I wouldn’t have minded just ordering the side of Chicken Fried Rice and an Egg Roll or two (the latter of which has seen a sizable spike in price since summer). It boils down to a “what are we in the mood for” in this scenario.

Is your favorite item from Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes still on the menu? Are you looking forward to a particular new dish?

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4 responses to “Lunch at Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes

  1. I haven’t had much luck at Yak and Yeti counter service. The Asian Chicken Sandwich was the grossest thing I’ve ever had at Disney. The curry sounded good but I’m disappointed by the dark meat. I am intrigued by the wrap though.

  2. I saw a woman sitting nearby and she seemed to enjoy the wrap! I’ll likely still give it a try in the future.

  3. I’m glad to finally see a vegetarian entree option here, but it seems to come at the expense of the other offerings. ” seemingly endless take-out box” – yes, 2-3 people could share one of those boxes!

  4. I wonder if they saw a lot of food waste with guests who didn’t realize how much food they contained. ๐Ÿ™‚