Vulcania is a buffeteria-style restaurant in the Jules Verne-inspired Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea serving Chinese food. This review and overview covers both the ambiance and cuisine of Vulcania. In terms of backstory and theme, Vulcania is the converted mess hall that serves Captain Nemo’s hardworking crew.
Vulcania was “originally” a geothermal station carved out of the the side of Mount Prometheus. It’s unclear whether the geothermal station is still active and the mess hall just shares space with it, or if it has truly been converted; given that stuff lights up and moves around, I’m inclined to say it’s a dual space for Captain Nemo’s workers.
The effect is incredibly convincing, with the order area having a cold, industrial feel and the indoor seating area looking like it’s literally carved out, with support beams holding the whole place up and parts of the geothermal station littered throughout the restaurant . This isn’t just a light layer of decorations tacked onto a restaurant and called a geothermal station converted into a mess hall, this is a geothermal station converted into a mess hall. Like most of Mysterious Island, it is the intersection of nature and man, with large transformers, power devices, and man-made walls supporting the dining area that has been cut out of the rock.
In addition to the indoor seating areas flanking each side of Vulcania, there is also an open air seating area at the edge of the restaurant that looks out onto Mysterious Island. Since Mysterious Island was our favorite/second favorite land in Tokyo DisneySea and it was right around sunset, we opted for the open air seating.
Here are a couple photos of the order area and seating area:
In terms of food, we thought Vulcania was excellent. (Worth noting is that we’ve only dined here once, but we tried numerous menu items.) An average “American-sized” meal at Vulcania is going to cost more than an average counter service meal in the United States Disney theme parks, but the food quality is also significantly better at Vulcania. If this were a restaurant at Walt Disney World, its cuisine would probably be fairly compared to a low to mid-end table service restaurant in terms of quality.
In case you’re unfamiliar with buffeteria-style, think back to grade school lunch, where you’d walk through a line and pick certain items (price a la carte) to make up your meal. There are also a few “sets,” which are essentially combinations of appetizer, entree, and dessert that come together at a more alluring price than a la carte. We did a lot of sets at Tokyo Disney Resort, but in this case, we went a la carte.
Here are a few photos of what we had:
Overall, Vulcania is not to be missed. Even if you’re not a huge fan of Chinese food, you need to at least have a dessert or something here if you’re in Tokyo DisneySea (if you’re not very adventurous, go with the fried chicken with char sui and egg (second photo down), which is delicious). This ranks as our #1 buffeteria/counter service restaurant at Tokyo DisneySea in terms of theme and ambiance, and #2 in terms of cuisine.
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What do you think of Vulcania’s theme? If you’ve dined at Vulcania, what did you think of the food? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts in the comments!