Disney Dining Review: Yak & Yeti in the Animal Kingdom. Let me break the 4th wall of working with Disney and getting invited out to cover an event. They feed you! If they do not directly have a dinner set up or a buffet going, they give you a gift card to find a place inside the park to eat. So technically, we did not pay for our lunch at Yak & Yeti, Disney World did. Food always tastes better when it is free, so please keep that in mind during our review.
Here in the town of Anandapur lives a rich merchant, Arjun, who has fallen on hard times and has turned his large home into the Yak & Yeti Hotel. The hotel is the kind of boutique hotel that wealthier adventure travelers might seek out in India. While travelers rest at the hotel, the owner and other families reside there. The décor, as well as the furniture, at Yak & Yeti is an amalgamation of mismatched artifacts Arjun has collected through his years of travel in Southeast Asia.
…and we are off to the races! That last paragraph is just the beginning of one of the best-themed restaurants on Walt Disney World Property. With top-notch food to go along with the theming. We had a simple lunch, of appetizers that were shared, and the Kobe Beef Burger.
- PORK POT STICKERS Pan-seared or steamed, soy lime dipping sauce $11.49
- PORK EGG ROLLS Chili plum dipping sauce $11.99
- KOBE BEEF BURGER 10 oz. grilled American Kobe beef burger, sesame-soy mayonnaise, crispy fries. Topped with a choice of shiitake mushroom & scallion compote or Asian slaw for $22.99 – We chose gouda cheese and mushrooms.
We also tried the Chicken Fried Rice.
Our food was exactly what we wanted. The pot stickers were cooked perfectly, crunch on the bottom, and were soft around the top. The sauce was really good. The egg rolls came out wonderful, with that nice crispy deep-fried crunch and pork filling, the plum sauce though is really good.
I will say, the Kobe Beef Burger has turned into one of my top Disney World burgers now. So well cooked, good flavor to the beef, did not need a ton of toppings to hide the beef flavor. In fact, the mushrooms and the gouda cheese enhanced the beef flavor. This is a must-try on anyone Burger’s to-do list.
What sets Landry’s Yak & Yeti apart is the theming. From the moment you set foot inside you can almost feel the Joe Rhode stamp of approval. In the center of The Hotel is the full-service Yak & Yeti Restaurant, which features local Pan-Asian cuisine.
The sights, sounds, aromas, and energy in the courtyard are a beacon for villagers eager to meet, eat, and socialize as they move through their day, and for travelers moving to and from their adventures. Local families have built up warangs, or food stands, around the hotel. These quick-service restaurants, or Local Food Cafes, feature Asian cuisine that guests can enjoy in the exterior courtyard.
Quick Tip, if you plan to eat here, get a Landry’s card. For a one-time fee of $25.00, you will not have to make advance dining reservations. You can walk up and will be seated within 10 minutes at the next available table.