Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to some uniquely themed lands including Asia, Africa, and Dinoland. Each section of the park boasts its own attractions and dining locations that reflect the theme of the area and offer up some options that guests cannot find anywhere else. One of my favorite full service dining locations in the park is Yak & Yeti Restaurant which is nestled in Asia on the pathway that runs between Africa and Dinoland. With a rich attention to detail, delicious food, and some great views, this restaurant is sure to please every member of the family. Here are five things that you will love about Yak & Yeti Restaurant!
5. The Décor
Yak & Yeti Restaurant is a Nepalese themed setting with a rich and unique backstory that the servers will share with guests while they are being seated. The owner of the restaurant is said to have traveled all across Southeast Asia on travels with his family and all of the artifacts and props in the restaurant were collected along the way. The décor combines a mix of wall art, statues, carvings, paintings, portraits, and so much more making it an eclectic and interesting collection to observe. Before leaving after finishing a meal, be sure to walk around the entire restaurant and check out some of the amazing details and artifacts that make it truly unique!
4. The Food
During the owner’s travels, in addition to collecting items he also collected ideas for the menu. The cuisine is pan-Asian with a collection of popular dishes from all over Asia. Appetizers include Ahi Tuna Nachos, Wonton Soup, Firecracker Shrimp, and Pork Pot Stickers to name a few. Some of the unique entrees served at Yak & Yeti Restaurant are Coconut Shrimp, Seared Miso Salmon, Lo Mein, Korean Beef, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken, and Kobe Beef Burger. For kids, the menu offers up a traditional Cheeseburger and Mac and Cheese as well as more adventurous options like Teriyaki Chicken Breast and Tempura Chicken. With so many delicious options to choose from, Yak & Yeti Restaurant is one of the best places to eat in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
3. The View
Some guests might not realize that Yak & Yeti Restaurant is actually two levels! The downstairs dining area is beautiful in its own right, but the upstairs level offers some unique touches that make it worth requesting on a visit. Arrive early for a reservation and ask to be seated upstairs near the windows. Tables located along the windows there offer views of the walkways outside the restaurant and the surrounding area of Asia. Combined with the décor, the view can’t be beat!
2. The Drinks
Yak & Yeti Restaurant serves the usual non-alcoholic beverages in addition to some unique and creative cocktails. The Pink Himalayan mixes gin, grapefruit juice, passion fruit, lemon grass flavoring, and salt to create a sweet and sour cocktail to sip on. Those guests looking to go tropical can also try the Tropical Daiquiri which combines rum with either strawberry, Pina Colada, mango, or berry flavoring for a fruity and exotic libation. With so many yummy drinks to try, Yak & Yeti Restaurant is a great place to enjoy a cocktail alongside a delicious meal.
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1. Fried Wontons
Dessert at Yak & Yeti Restaurant is serious business, with options including Mango Pie, a trio of Sorbet, Chocolate Cake, and New York Cheesecake. But the star of the dessert menu is the Fried Wontons, which are so delicious that a trip to the restaurant to sample them alone is worth it! The wontons are stuffed with cream cheese and fried, making them the perfect combination of rich and crunchy. They are then served on a skewer with fresh pineapple alongside vanilla ice cream. As if that were not decadent enough, a honey-vanilla sauce is then drizzled over everything, taking this dessert to the next level. The Fried Wontons are seriously one of the best desserts in Walt Disney World and can only be found at Yak & Yeti Restaurant!