Tangierine Cafe: Flavors of Medina is a Global Marketplace in World Showcase during the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World. In this Global Marketplace review, we’ll look at the menu prices, share food photos, and offer thoughts on what is–and is not–worth your money.
For those who are unfamiliar with it, Tangierine Cafe was a counter service restaurant in World Showcase’s Morocco pavilion. When the parks reopened last year, the location was open for a few days before closing as its operator faced financial woes. After a relatively brief saga, Walt Disney World took over ownership of the pavilion, its retail and restaurants.
Since then, Walt Disney World has overhauled the menu of Spice Road Table, the relatively new table service restaurant on the waterfront. More noticeably, Imagineering has gone through Morocco, making a variety of aesthetic and design changes. While some fans initially feared the “cartoonification” of this beloved pavilion, that has largely not been the case…
To be sure, there has been a degree of Disneyification to Morocco, and there’s a bit more Aladdin than before. However, the changes have largely been positive, with richer details added to some of the pavilion’s newer elements, along with some overdue attention to the grounds and features of Morocco.
These improvements now extend to Tangierine Cafe: Flavors of Medina…
While its direct predecessor was an excellent counter service restaurant, prices had gone up over the years and some menu additions were questionable. Nevertheless, Tangierine Cafe was great. We still miss it and hope that someday it’ll be a counter service restaurant again (near term, that seems unlikely given some of its modifications).
Another apt comparison is its indirect predecessor: the Morocco booth at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival (and other events) That had been a train wreck for the last few years, annually among the worst booths at every Epcot event. The operating participant had raised prices while cutting quality and portion sizes at the Morocco booth, with the Spicy Hummus Fries being a prime example of this.
This might be a surprise twist that no one saw coming, but this Morocco booth is better and cheaper under Walt Disney World management than under the prior third party operator…
Here’s the food menu for the Tangierine Cafe Flavors of Medina Global Marketplace:
- Fried Falafel Pita with Tahini Sauce (plant-based item)
- Grilled Kebabs with Couscous, Tomato-Onion Salad and Garlic Aïoli
- Lemon-Garlic Chicken
- Moroccan Spiced Lamb
- Harissa-marinated Beef Tenderloin Tips
- Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Zaalouk and Zhoug Dips
- Pistachio Cake with Cinnamon Pastry Cream and Candied Walnuts
Tangierine Cafe Flavors of Medina Beverages:
- Fresh Orange Juice (non-alcoholic)
- Fresh Blood Orange Juice (non-alcoholic)
- 3 Daughters Brewing Fig Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
- Bold Rock Ginger Turmeric Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA
- Woodchuck Cinnamon Nutmeg Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT
- Fig Cocktail with White-Cranberry Juice and Fig Vodka
- Cider Flight
Now our photos and reviews of each item from the Tangierine Cafe: Flavors of Medina Global Marketplace at the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…
Lemon-Garlic Chicken Grilled Kebab ($5.75) – There are three grilled kebabs, each of which are served with couscous, tomato-onion salad and garlic aïoli.
The chicken is a winner from a taste and quality perspective, as it’s tender and nicely seasoned. Portion size was a bit disappointing, but that could’ve just been poor luck. Given the rest of the menu, we’d consider this skippable.
Harissa-marinated Beef Tenderloin Tips Grilled Kebab ($5.75) – Same thing, but with beef.
The portion size here was larger, and it’s a more interesting dish with better texture, but the quality seemed slightly lower with the meat being a tad tough. Were this at just about any other booth, we’d probably be singing its praises, but the Tangierine Cafe menu is stacked.
Moroccan Spiced Lamb Grilled Kebab ($5.75) – Again, same idea here with the sides, just swapping out the meat for lamb.
Without question, this is the best of the bunch. I’m always partial to lamb, but even setting that aside, this is definitely the best of the trio. Tender, juicy, flavorful–exactly what you’d expect. Highly recommended.
Fried Falafel Pita with Tahini Sauce ($5.25) – This is the plant-based option at Tangierine Cafe: Flavors of Medina, and it’s a good one.
The Morocco booth always does a pita, and in the last several years, it’s price jumped to $8-9. This offers a price reset back to a more reasonable level. The falafel here is absolutely fantastic, with an exterior crunch giving way to a warm and soft center. Flavors are nuanced, with the perfect amount of seasoning. The only minor quibble is that the pita itself seems low quality as compared to the fantastic falafel. Still highly recommended.
Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Zaalouk and Zhoug Dips ($5) – One of our favorite off-property restaurants near Walt Disney World is Bosphorous Turkish Restaurant. They do something similar to this that is literally one of the best breads we’ve ever eaten.
This is not quite on that level, but it’s shockingly good. The bread is airy but doughy, and easily tearable. It’d be good enough to enjoy on its own, but the accompaniments enhance it even further. Speaking of which, the hummus, zaalouk, and zhoug dips are all relatively ordinary–each one of them is mild–but they’re “good enough” that this is still something we highly recommend.
Pistachio Cake with Cinnamon Pastry Cream and Candied Walnuts ($4.75) – Imagine the best possible version of a cake with the aforementioned description/ingredients, and that’s what this is.
The pistachio cake has a delicious core flavor that’s taken to the next level with the distinctly cinnamon cream. The moist and light cake works really well with the light spice of the cinnamon and candied walnuts. Refreshing, delicious, and once again highly recommended.
Overall, Tangierine Cafe: Flavors of Medina is a huge winner at the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. While I’m a bit disappointed that the location seems intended for food booth use beyond just this event, it’s tough to argue with the menu quality and value for money here.
Although this is the first new Global Marketplace we’re reviewing from Epcot’s 2021 Food & Wine Festival, it is one of the very best. We did over a dozen booths on the first day, and this is among the highlights. Notably, it is also seasonally appropriate. For some reason, Walt Disney World opted to feature “hot & heavy” menus at many of the new booths. Given that the first phase of this event in Florida runs from July through September, that was a curious decision. Tangierine Cafe: Flavors of Medina doesn’t have that same issue. These are some great summertime options, and it also helps that Tangierine Cafe has indoor and shaded seating!
Check out our Global Marketplace Booth Menus & Photos for the 2021 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 2021 Epcot 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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