*This gluten free dining experience took place in February 2020. It includes information about dairy free options, as well as a review of fish/shellfish free, peanut free, cabbage free, hazelnut free, and chicken & turkey free options.
Dinner at Yak & Yeti
Yak & Yeti is our go-to table service restaurant located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. While not owned and operated by the Disney Company, we’ve been pretty impressed over the years by this Landry’s restaurant. Recently, we stopped by for dinner with one of our friends and to redeem my $25 Landry’s Select Club birthday reward.
Because we’ve been to Yak & Yeti a lot, I do have a ton of reviews on the blog where I go into a lot of detail about the theme. In this review, we’ll take a look at it briefly.
Set in the Asia section of the Animal Kingdom, Yak & Yeti is perfectly themed and fits right into the fictional village of Anandapur. I especially love going here at night because it just looks so beautiful during this time of day.
On this visit, we were with a friend, so I admit I didn’t take a ton of photos. I don’t think I’ve ever photographed the lobby area much. But, here it is. As you can see there weren’t very many people there — making it the perfect photo opportunity. I do love how the theming starts from the moment you step inside the restaurant.
We were seated on the first floor (the restaurant has two floors for seating), near the staircase. It was a little busy in this area, but as we enjoyed our meal, the restaurant did clear out quite a bit. I love the unique tables and chairs throughout Yak & Yeti.
The restaurant is beautifully designed and decorated. I absolutely love the staircase to the second floor and the second floor seating area especially. Being seated so close to the stairs was definitely an interesting location to dine at!
Because Yak & Yeti isn’t owned and operated by the Disney Company, they do not offer a traditional allergy-friendly menu. They do, however, have a gluten-sensitive / allergy-friendly menu. I highly recommend speaking directly to a chef any time you dine here, as many of the dishes on this menu may not be safe for those with celiac disease or those with allergies.
On this visit, we chatted with a chef who talked through the options. Since Brandon and I have eaten here a lot, we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted, which made it easy to discuss. Thankfully, I have found the restaurant to have a good amount of Asian-inspired options that are gluten free if you ask a chef about them.
On this visit, I didn’t want anything super heavy. So, I decided to get the Atlantic Salmon which is grilled, brushed with garlic ginger butter and served with jasmine rice and sautéed seasonal vegetables. I was also able to get gluten free tamari on the side too. This dish is gluten free but contains dairy with the butter. If you’re dairy free, the chef can omit the butter on the salmon — everything else is dairy free.
Overall, I thought this was an excellent dish. It was exactly what I was craving that night. Nothing too heavy, but flavorful. The salmon was just slightly overcooked, but the flavors were great. I especially loved the sauteed vegetables, which were super yummy and well-cooked. This is definitely a dish I’d get again.
Brandon just about always gets his go-to — the Beef Stir-Fry. It is made with rice noodles and gluten free tamari, so it’s actually gluten free and dairy free on top of being fish/shellfish free, peanut free, cabbage free, and chicken & turkey free.
I’ve had variations of this dish too, and both Brandon and I are huge fans of this stir-fry. The chefs have been great at customizing the dish as needed too. I usually get bok choy in my stir-fry, but since it’s a member of the cabbage family, they omit it for Brandon’s. And, as you can see, they made sure in this version that Brandon had plenty of carrots, green onions and beef to round out the dish.
We always really enjoy our meals at Yak & Yeti. While it may not be everyone’s favorite, we like it a lot for the variety of options we get and for something different. It’s not that easy to get good gluten free Asian inspired fare out at a restaurant, so I really appreciate the offerings at Yak & Yeti. It’s definitely a location we liked to visit when we can, and we always feel the chefs that we’ve encountered there have been excellent at accommodating our special dietary needs.
Have you been to Yak & Yeti? What did you enjoy when you dined there?