Continuing a look at my favorite restaurants in Walt Disney World's theme parks as heard on Episode 17 of The Disney Exchange, I'm going to take us to the Asia section of Disney's Animal Kingdom where you'll find one of the most beautifully themed restaurants in all of the World, Yak & Yeti.
Not only is the themeing superb, the food is amazing as well. Y&Y is a very strong contender for favorite restaurant.As with almost everything in WDW, Yak and Yeti has a back story.
Yak & Yeti is a house owned by a wealthy merchant who has fallen on hard times. To supplement his income, he has converted his home into an establishment that well-to-do travelers might seek out in India. It is filled with items collected by the owner and his family on their travels throughout Southeast Asia.
You can spend plenty of time just looking at all the incredible items scattered throughout.
My favorite dining area is on the second floor. We request a table by the window overlooking the courtyard, making it a great place to people watch as you enjoy your meal.
My wife and I ate here during it's opening week in 2007, and the food quality has not slipped a bit in the ensuing years.
On one of our most recent trips, my wife and I both ordered the same dish, the Chicken Lo Mein - Lo mein noodles, carrots, cabbage, green onions and bean sprouts.
Yes, you can get Chicken Lo Mein at any Chinese restaurant, but this is the best either of us has ever had! Perfectly cooked chicken, noodles and vegetables. I could go for some right now!
On past trips we've had the Baby Back Ribs – slow-roasted ribs, hoisin BBQ sauce, chicken fried rice, sweet chili slaw: $25.99.
The ribs are very tender, and the spice tangy, but by no means overwhelming. The fried rice is amazing.
Crispy Mahi Mahi - filet of mahi mahi, Japanese bread crumbs, Cantonese sweet and sour sauce, jasmine rice, stir-fried vegetables.
The mahi mahi is crispy on the outside, yet light, flaky and juicy inside. The chili sauce is lightly spicy and the vegetables are always fresh.
Duck with Anandapur Glaze – roasted half duckling, orange wasabi glaze, jasmine rice, stir-fried vegetables.
The duck was delicious, and the sauce a perfect compliment.
Yak & Yeti is owned by Landry's Inc., which also owns the Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex Restaurants located at Walt Disney World, and they do not accept the Tables in Wonderland Card, but do give a 10% to Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members at lunch and dinner.