Yak & Yeti Local Foods Café in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Anandapur Asia is a quick service restaurant at Walt Disney World serving Asian cuisine (menu) that combines flavors from China, India and Nepal. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, and offers outdoor seating in a detailed outdoor courtyard. This restaurant goes by no less than three names; the one titling this review is its “official” Walt Disney World name, but it’s also known as Yak & Yeti Counter Service and the Anandapur Local Food Cafe.
Popular menu items include the Mandarin chicken salad, kung pao beef and pork egg rolls. This restaurant participates in the Disney Dining Plan as a counter service credit. It does not accept the Tables in Wonderland card for a 20% discount. As far as value goes, Yak & Yeti Counter Service is neither a good nor bad value on the Disney Dining Plan (see our ranking of the best value quick service restaurants here).
Starting first with theming, Yak & Yeti Counter Service is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, unlike other counter service restaurants, it doesn’t have an indoor seating area. You order from little cashier islands, then pick up your food from a window. That’s the extent of the “restaurant,” which is really just a part of the larger Yak & Yeti Restaurant (hence the name). We typically overlook restaurants like this, as we feel we don’t get as much out of the experience. In this regard, it feels almost like an afterthought. Perhaps that’s just our bias against fully-fledged counter service restaurants.
However, Yak & Yeti Counter Service is a different story. It actually has a rather sizable outdoor seating area, with a lot of detail and a nice water feature prominent. We’ve heard that this seating area is packed during peak times, but it was relatively dead when we visited. I don’t doubt that it does get busy, but when we visited few other guests were around. It was very tranquil.
As for food, Yak & Yeti Counter Service is another mixed bag. We went in with fairly high expectations thanks to easyWDW’s review and DisneyFoodBlog’s review. Our experience wasn’t quite as great as theirs, but it was by no means bad, either. Sarah ordered the Beef Lo Mein and I ordered the Asian Chicken Sandwich. I was disappointed to find my sandwich wrapped up deli style with a bag of Sun Chips as a side. I harp on presentation at Counter Service restaurants, and maybe others don’t see why, but this is a big deal to me. This felt like the kind of sandwich I could pick up from a Wal-Mart deli in Anytown, U.S.A., not a Disney meal.
At Sunshine Seasons, my sandwich would have been served on a plate with real sides, instead of “real world” chips. It also wouldn’t have been more expensive than the $9.99 price here (if memory serves me correctly, it would’ve been cheaper). Again, perhaps this is an entirely personal thing. I just appreciate the “Disney touches” even in dining.
The sandwich itself was actually pretty good. The dressing was really good and the Ciabatta bread, which can easily be dry and tough, was perfect. Still, it was just a typical deli sandwich. Although, in fairness to the restaurant, I probably should have expected a typical deli sandwich given that I ordered a typical deli sandwich.
Sarah’s Beef Lo Mein was slightly over-salted, but the portion was fairly large. Actually, it was huge. She could only eat about half of it and I finished the rest. For $10.99 and no side, it should be pretty large, though. Besides the salt, taste was actually pretty decent. It was comparable to what you might order at a Panda Express or other American “Asian” food chain. It wasn’t overly inspired, but what do you expect for counter service? All things considered, it was pretty good. It was also hot despite us visiting when there were no crowds, so I suppose it should get some points for that.
Overall, Yak & Yeti Counter Service wasn’t too bad, but it just wasn’t a standout or a place I have much of a desire to revisit. It offers menu items that are a departure from the standard, which earns it some praise, but the menu items are nothing exceptional. In some cases, portions are larger than Disney norms, but prices are high and the food isn’t really that great. I won’t give this restaurant an “avoid” rating, because it really isn’t that bad (plenty of people enjoy it), but if you’re only eating at one counter service restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you probably shouldn’t waste it on Yak & Yeti Counter Service. Actually, you should be avoiding all counter service restaurants that aren’t named “Flame Tree BBQ.” If you do more than one meal at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I suppose you could give it a try (I’d take two meals at Flame Tree BBQ!), but I’d really only recommend it for people who have tried everything else and want to check-off every Disney restaurant on their “list.”
Are you a fan of Yak & Yeti Counter Service? If you like it, which menu item is your favorite? If you’re not a fan, why not? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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