Next up at this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is the Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen, which is in World Showcase’s Mexico pavilion. In this review, we’ll share photos of every snack and dessert item on the menu, and offer our food reviews & tasting notes.
The thing I like about Taco Bell is that there are no pretenses about the place. No one walks in thinking, “I’m going to explore the rich culinary traditions of Mexico.” And if for some reason they do, that’s totally on them. Taco Bell is a known quantity at this point. It’s a place you visit to further punish your body after a night of partying or when you’re in the mood for their test kitchen’s latest culinary abominations. It’s not good food, but it’s good fun.
What does that have to do with a review of the Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen? This, and every other recent Mexico booth at Epcot festivals, is basically the anti-Taco Bell. Food masquerading as something more than it is, bland as can be, and uninteresting to boot.
Here’s what’s on the food menu at the Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen for 2018:
Enchilada de Pollo con Mole: Chipotle Chicken in a Corn Tortilla topped with Mole Negro and garnished with Shredded Oaxaca Cheese and Sesame Seeds
Tamal de Camarón: Corn Tamal stuffed with Guajillo-marinated Shrimp topped with Mole Rojo and Shredded Cotija Cheese
Arroz Con Leche: Rice Pudding with Cranberries
Now our photos and reviews of each item…
Enchilada de Pollo con Mole – If you’re looking for a slightly cheesy, vaguely corn tasting dish with chicken, choose this.
Tamal de Camarón – If you’re looking for a slightly cheesy, vaguely corn tasting dish with shrimp, choose this.
Arroz Con Leche – This is actually good. It’s basically the same dish from Food & Wine, except with cranberries in place of the mango. I liked it then, and I like it even more now.
The rice blended with the coconut milk makes for a creamy pudding that retains its texture and a good consistency. The cranberry topping pushes it over the edge as the tart plays well with the milkiness. It’s a refreshing dessert especially good for warmer days, or if you’re sick of Yule Log.
Here’s the Las Posadas alcohol menu:
Cerveza Mexicana Artesanal: Allende Mexican Craft Ale served with a Floater of Kahlúa
Noche Buena Margarita: Libélula Joven Tequila, Cranberry and Lime Juices and Agave Nectar topped with Lime Foam and Sprinkles
La Posada Margarita: Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Horchata-Cinnamon Liqueur, and Agua de Horchata topped with Cinnamon
Out of the twelve Holiday Kitchens, the one in Mexico ranks #11. What’s more impressive than that it rates so poorly is that somehow another booth is actually worse than this! I’m sure you’re all on the edge of your seats to find out which one, but you’ll have to stay tuned for that big reveal…
What do you think of the Las Posadas/Mexico Holiday Kitchen? Have you tried any of the food items at this booth? What did you think of them? Do you agree that Mexico is a consistent disappointment at Epcot’s festivals? 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!