*This dining experience took place in April 2018.
Dinner at Yak & Yeti
Yak & Yeti Restaurant is a table service location in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Though it is not owned and operated by Disney (It’s a part of the Landry’s restaurants chain), it has been an extremely popular dining location in the park for many years now. We visited last year after a pretty lengthy hiatus and really enjoyed our meal there. So, we decided to have dinner here before we went to a DVC Moonlight Magic event held in the park.
One of the things that we really love about the Yak & Yeti is the theming. Located in the Asia section of the park, you can see the Asian influence in the restaurant’s decor. In fact, we were told by cast members that many of the items in the restaurant are authentic from specific Asian regions.
There is both downstairs and upstairs seating in the restaurant. We found the downstairs seating to be a bit more hectic than the upstairs seating.
On this visit, we actually did not have a dining reservation, but Brandon’s mom has a Landry’s card, so we were able to get seated within 10 minutes of arriving, which was fantastic.
We were seated upstairs, which was fine by us. While the dining area was a little crowded when we arrived, it got a little calmer about 20 minutes into our dining experience.
As you can see, the seating areas are lovely. We found our table to be fairly spacious too.
Yak & Yeti does not carry an allergy-friendly restaurant per se. They do now offer a gluten sensitive menu, but even with this menu, they made sure a chef came out to talk to me about options.
I was pleasantly surprised by all the options on the gluten sensitive menu that were available to me.
Prior to our meal, we did opt for some drinks. I got a classic gin and tonic, but they have a variety of options for whatever drink you like.
For a starter, I got the Chicken Consomme which came with tofu, scallions, and carrots. This was both gluten free and dairy free. I really enjoyed this soup — it was super light and had great flavor. It’s definitely a dish I’d get again, though I have to admit, I want to try the Lettuce Cups on my next visit.
For my entree, I ordered the Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Chili Plum Sauce, Jasmine Rice, and Steamed Vegetables. I also got a side of gluten free soy sauce too. Like the soup, this dish was both gluten free and dairy free.
While I wouldn’t say this was the best entree I’ve ever had, it was good. The shrimp portion was generous, and I loved the sauteed vegetable blend that included bok choy (one of my favorite veggies). The Jasmine Rice with plum sauce was also really good too.
Everyone agreed that the meal experience overall was quite good. We had excellent service and were really surprised by how quickly we were seated using the Landry’s Card (we actually got one ourselves that evening). The food was also decent, with lots of gluten free options. For the Animal Kingdom theme park, this is a great table service option, especially considering that the other table service locations are either an all-you-care-to-enjoy character meal or signature dining. We will definitely be enjoying a meal here again in the near future.