Disney Dining Review: Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe, Is This Quick Service Worth the Stop?

We all know the best quick-service location lives at Animal Kingdom, Satu’li Canteen, but we aren’t talking about that restaurant today. Today, we are grabbing a quick bite to eat at Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe and seeing if it’s worth the stop.

This quick-service dining location is next to the Yak & Yeti table-service restaurant, which is owned by Landry’s, and they also have ownership of this quick-service. Here, they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Today, we are grabbing lunch. I do want to come back and try the breakfast because it seems like it could be good.

For this review, I will break it down by location and food. Let’s get started!

Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe – Location

This walk-up window is located in the Asia section of the park near Kali River Rapids. All the seating is outdoors, which isn’t great during the summer but can be lovely during the cooler months.

We tried to find a table with some shade, but it felt impossible since the area was busy. We got a table that was near the restrooms, and the sun eventually moved over and started beaming down on us. The only pro that came out of this was that our food stayed warm.

I don’t dislike the area. It fits the theme of this section of the park, and there are some covered areas. It is just a very busy spot between 12 pm and 2 pm, but after the lunch rush, it gets calmer.

Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe – Food

The menu at Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe is filled with Asain fare, like teriyaki beef bowls, egg rolls, fried rice, and more. The dishes range between $14 to $17, which is standard for quick-service restaurants.

I ordered the Honey Sesame Chicken ($14.99), tempura chicken, fresh vegetables, honey sesame sauce, and white rice. This has always been my go-to order at a local Asian restaurant, so I was really excited about this. Unfortunately, I ended up getting disappointed. In my opinion, it lacked flavor. I kept saying that something was missing, but I couldn’t figure it out.

The dish’s chicken was reminiscent of chicken nuggets, and they just happened to have honey sesame sauce. The fresh vegetables on the plate were zucchini and one single piece of a carrot. It was sad.

Craig ordered the Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich ($15.99), fried chicken breast, kimchi slaw, and honey heat sauce. He was not very impressed with his first bite, but it eventually grew on him. He first pointed out that the kimchi slaw was definitely not that. It seemed like it was just lettuce, carrots, and cabbage with some sauce.

At the end of the meal, Craig concluded that the sandwich would be impressive if it came from a fast food chain but not from Yak and Yeti. Even though it was decent, he said there was something about it that didn’t click, and hopefully, it was just an off day.

Ryno ordered a seasonal offering that wasn’t on the menu but was on a board near the cashier. He got the Orange Chili Chicken ($14.99), tempura chicken, peppers, onions, orange chili sauce, and white rice. His portion of rice was definitely larger than mine; I was jealous.

Ryno enjoyed the dish but thought it was bare-bones because there wasn’t a lot of chicken. He did like the sauce on the chicken because there was a hint of spice. Ryno said the meal was a safe bet because it was not offensive but not exciting.

Overall Thoughts

We didn’t love this quick service, but we all think this is a good spot for non-adventurous eaters or if you need to grab food and keep moving. In my opinion, Satu’li Canteen is still the best quick service at Animal Kingdom. I would much rather spend $15.49 on the chili-garlic shrimp bowl than on the dish I got here. There are other quick service options in the park, like Flame Tree Barbecue, Restaurantosaurus, and smaller walk-up windows that serve delicious food. I highly suggest checking out those other restaurants.

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