Review: Yak & Yeti Restaurant
Recently my husband, daughter and I decided to give Yak & Yeti Restaurant a try. We went to the sit down venue, not the counter service option. We had a 2:30 lunch reservation. We arrived a couple of minutes late but did not have to wait long. It was not overly busy when we were there.
The host took us to the second floor of the restaurant. He asked if we wanted to take the stairs or the elevator. He was friendly and we were seated at a nice table near a window. There was a good view of the park guests below. We did not wait long until David, our server, arrived at the table. He went over some of the drink options, including some that are non-alcoholic. Since none of us drink we appreciated that. We said that we just wanted water and he told us that he would give us a minute to look over the menu.
He returned soon after with the waters and asked if we had any questions. Since my daughter and I are ovo-lacto vegetarians I asked about the Vegetable Lo Mein. I’m glad that I did, David explained that it is usually made with an oyster sauce but they do make a vegetarian version. My daughter and I decided to split that. It comes with or without tofu and so we decided to have them add it. David suggested adding the Wok-Fried Green Beans as a side, promising that they are “100% vegetarian”. We decided to take him up on his suggestion. After much pondering over the menu my husband decided to go with the Ahi Tuna Salad. A minute or two later David brought us some extra plates because he knew that we would be sharing.
It wasn’t long until our food was ready. My daughter and I both liked the Vegetable Lo Mein. It is a dish that we order fairly often and this was better than most. The vegetables included carrots, bean sprouts and green onions. The serving size was more than generous, plenty for us to share. The tofu was the best part of the dish. It was cubed and cooked to perfection, definitely worth the extra cost. The highlight of the meal for us, though, was in the other dish. The Wok-Fried Green Beans were incredible. They were crispy and not greasy at all. They came with a dipping sauce that was slightly sweet but it wasn’t necessary. They were perfect on their own.
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The Ahi Tuna Salad was not what my husband expected but he didn’t complain. It was huge, piled high like a pyramid. The tuna was around the edges with lettuce and the typical Asian vegetables in the middle. It was topped off with chow mein noodles. He enjoyed all of it except for the small amount of seasoned extra tuna on the side. It was a dish that was filling and he would order it again. The meal for all three of us was so filling that there was no room for dessert.
Overall the experience was a good one. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with Asian art and statues. The walls are lined with pictures, there is not much empty space. The staff was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. This has already become one of my favorite full service restaurants in any of the parks. One thing that was also nice is that the restaurant makes an effort to be environmentally friendly. Two examples are that the straws were made of thick paper (think lollipop sticks) instead of plastic and the napkins were not bleached.
F-Food- Excellent. The food was full of flavor and cook just right. I would go back just for the Wok-Fried Green Beans, they were that good.
A-Atmosphere- Nice. The restaurant is in the Asia section of the park and they take the theme seriously. It was a bit warm upstairs where we were seated, I heard other diners mention that as well.
S-Service- Fantastic. David was one of the best servers that we have ever had. He answered our questions, checked on us without being overbearing and was a nice person in general. He had a great sense of humor as well. The rest of the staff was also friendly.
T-Tips- This is a great place to have a late lunch or an early dinner. You will avoid the crowds and the portions are generous enough that you will not be hungry again for a long time.
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