India Review: 2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

India’s Global Marketplace is a relatively new addition to Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, but features some familiar flavors to Walt Disney World fans. That’s because items here are reminiscent of those found at Animal Kingdom Lodge, particularly at Sanaa, which features “African cooking with Indian flavors.” 

The India booth at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival does not quite live up to the strong reputation of Sanaa–one of our favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World, and one that’s incredibly underrated–but it does come pretty close.

Given that, the India Global Marketplace is a great way to sample flavors that you might deem as intimidating or exotic without gambling on the cost and time commitment of a full meal at Sanaa…

Here’s the full Global Marketplace food menu for India:

  • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (V) (KA)
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice (V) (GF)
  • Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread

Now our photos and reviews of each item…

Warm Indian Bread with Dips – This is your chance to get a mini order of Sanaa’s famous bread service without leaving Epcot. While the naan isn’t quite as good as Sanaa’s, the dips seem like carbon copies, and those are the highlight, anyway.

Well worth a try for fans of Sanaa’s bread service, or those who have to make the trek there and are wondering what the hype is about.

Madras Red Curry – I shudder whenever I see ‘cauliflower’ listed on any menu, as my healthy at-home diet these days consists of an inordinate amount of riced cauliflower. (Seriously, Sarah can hide that stuff in anything. She’s like a riced cauliflower ninja.)

Despite my apprehensions, this red curry is delicious. The vegetables are perfectly cooked, and the curry has a complex flavor–and a bit of spiciness! This one is really good, and even non-vegetarians are advised to give it a try. (Sarah ranks this as one of her absolute favorites of the festival.)

Korma Chicken – Similar to the red curry in spiciness and complexity, the Korma Chicken is also quite good. The meat is flavorful and tender, with a melt-in-your-mouth quality. My only complaint here is that ours was a tad runny, but I feel like that was not the case when we had this last year, so it’s a your mileage may vary situation.

Either way, it’s another dish we’d recommend. It’s the type of complicated and nuanced dish that you either can’t or won’t make at home, and those are among our favorite things to try at the event.

And the drink menu for India:

  • Mango Lassi (Non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Godfather Lager
  • Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
  • Sula Shiraz, Nashik
  • Mango Lassi with Sōmrus Indian Cream Liqueur

Overall, we were really impressed with India. This ranks among my favorite booths at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and it is also in Sarah’s top 5. We are enthusiastic fans of Sanaa, and this is like a ‘Taste of Sanaa,’ so it should come as little surprise that we love it. Even if you’re more of a picky eater, at least give the bread service a try, as that could be the introduction you need to the wonderful world of Indian cuisine!

Check out our Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booth Menus post if you want to see and read more about every menu this year. You’ll also want to read our full Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival Guide before you go to get an idea of what to do, strategy for the festival (yes, you will need a strategy), and much more!

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YOUR THOUGHTS

What do you think of the India Global Marketplace? Have you tried any of the three food items at this booth? What did you think of them? What would you think of Epcot adding a permanent Sanaa-style restaurant to World Showcase? Questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!


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