Troubadour Tavern offering a completely revamped ‘Tale of the Lion King’ Menu
The Troubadour Tavern at Disneyland is now offering a completely revamped menu in honor of ‘Tale of the Lion King.’ Troubadour Tavern is adjacent to Fantasyland Theatre where ‘Tale of the Lion King’ recently debuted.
Chef Natalie Willingham led the charge in bringing this African cuisine-inspired menu to life. “I wasn’t very familiar with African cuisine, but I did a lot of research online, looking at various African menus, and bought a few African books to do comparisons between everything,” Chef Natalie said.
“I looked at food around the continent [of Africa],” shared Natalie. “I was very interested in what kind of crops and staples they had readily available. From there, I just tried to make sure that the items that I utilized were concepts that could be easily understood in the U.S. while still telling the proper story.”
Along with African culture, Chef Natalie and her team were heavily influenced by the story and imagery of “The Lion King;” from elements such as the texture of the Chicken-coconut Curry Sweet Potato to the print and colors of the Hakuna Matata Sweets and the orange and yellow signature sunrise depicted in the Pride Rock Punch. Though it was a challenge to start all dishes from scratch, she enjoyed incorporating these elements with an authentic lens and purpose for guests.
“I want to make sure that regardless of who you are and wherever you’re coming from, you’re enjoying the food and drinks and listening to the story or watching the show,” Natalie stated. “I want you to feel as though they both coincide, and I hope you feel like you are actually in the story or even that you are momentarily transported to Africa.”
Chef Natalie’s personal favorite item on the menu? The Cardamom Cold Brew! As a coffee lover at heart, introducing a cold brew –– inspired by African coffee traditions –– that was easy to consume and flavorful in taste was a true treat for Chef Natalie.
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