Explore the exotic surroundings and untamed flavors at Tiffins; Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park‘s first and only Fine/Signature Dining destination. Located down a once-quiet walkway to the entrance of Pandora- The World of Avatar, this restaurant possesses a touch of “animale” for the romantic types. Locate the romance in this Tiffins restaurant review.
Tiffins Restaurant Review
The dining experience begins with the decor, or art installation as it struck me. Decorated with actual mementos collected in Africa by the Disney Imagineers as they designed this park, you could easily spend a half hour exploring the walls before you sit to eat. The Grand Gallery is punctuated with exquisitely carved poles from Bali (moved from the former Camp Mickey Minnie). Its Lantern Wall, with lighted elephants and monkeys, is a nod to the upcoming Rivers of Light
|The Grand Gallery|
Adventurous palates will appreciate the more exotic menu at Tiffins. Named after the midday meal in India and Nepal, and the steel food containers, or tiffin boxes, used to transport the rice, vegetables, and spicy meats, these courses are decidedly more upscale.
The menu is an unexpected fusion of African, Asian, and Latin flavors, and the featured tastes reminded me of my still-favorite restaurant on property, Jiko.
|Tiffins Signature Bread Service Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with Pork and Masa Tamale!|
As with most of the other Walt Disney World Resort Signature Dining locations, Tiffins offers an extensive wine list with wine flights, and in keeping with its theming, features many wines from South Africa and South America. Specialty Beverages (Lamu Libations caught my attention) and draft and bottled beers (the Kungaloosh Spiced Excursion Ale Draft and St. George Lager from Ethiopia are on my “To Do” list) are likewise not the norm.
Derived from the English slang tiffing, “to take a little drink,” perhaps the most romantic spot at Tiffins is the adjoining Nomad Lounge. From what could easily become my new favorite “drinking hole,” you overlook the newly-complete bridge to Pandora. Pick a waterside table for two, or a comfy couch for eight, and explore the myriad of “food and drink beyond the ordinary.” Trek to this spot as the lights go down and the lanterns come up. If you are not sold on the menu (or the price) at Tiffins, trying the small plates here. I think you will fall in love too.
While this restaurant and lounge in Discovery Island does represent the road less traveled, for me it was well worth the trip. (Of course, with Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park continues to grow and change. It’s pretty busy now!)
Disney Dining Plan: Two Table Service credits
Tables in Wonderland: Accepted
Grab your sweetie and go “wild” at Tiffins restaurant!