Can I just tell you how excited I am about the upcoming restaurant, Tiffins, that is slated to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the Discovery Island section of the park? (For those who are unaware, the restaurant is named after a lunch tin used by travelers.) The signature restaurant will feature dishes inspired by African, Asian, European, and American cuisines.
The newest Walt Disney World table-service restaurant is part of the biggest expansion in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and will offer dishes inspired by the world travels of the park’s creators.
Tiffins specializes in the theme of travel which can be seen and felt everywhere you look. When you enter the rustic front doors, you’ll come upon an enormous map of the globe. There restaurant will seat 252 people and will be separated into three different sections – The Trek Gallery will focus on Asia, the Safari Gallery will focus on Africa, and the Grand Gallery will focus on the animals that Disney protects through the Disney Conservation Fund.
Lavish artwork including photograph collages, paintings and sculptures inspired by actual notes and field sketches of the Imagineers who created Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be able to be found throughout the restaurant.
Menu items will take diners to Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Appetizers will include lobster-popcorn Thai curry soup; grilled octopus; salad drizzled with champagne vinaigrette; frog legs tempura, black-eyed fritters; cheese and chicken liver pâte. Entrees includes Berber-spiced lamb chop; pork tenderloin; miso-glazed black cod; pan-seared duck breast and leg confit; Wagnu strip loin and braised short rib; whole-fried sustainable fish. For dessert, enjoy crème brûlée; peanut butter mousse; or a classic ice-cream sundae.
For an additional cost, Guests 21 years of age and up can choose from the renowned wine list—many of which are available by the glass—in addition to assortment of after-dinner liqueurs, dessert wines and specialty drinks.
The restaurant will also feature an adjacent lounge called the Nomad Lounge. One cool thing about the Nomad Lounge is that festive banners will be hung in the center of the lounge, each posing a different question about traveling the world and the thrill of discovery. During your visit, take a few moments to jot down answers to these questions on decorative tags provided by Cast Members. Later, your responses will be hung on a “tag chandelier” suspended above the bar for all to see.
The Nomad Lounge will include small plates and a large selection of beer, wine and mixed drinks. Dishes will include vegetarian summer rolls; Indian butter chicken wings; seared Wagyu beef skewers and honey-glazed coriander-spiced pork ribs.
Guests can enjoy a bevy of beverages including specialty martinis or after-dinner liqueurs such as Bailey’s Irish Cream, Tia Maria and Amaretto di Saronno. Freshly ground coffees like espresso, cappuccino and coffee colada with rum and coconuts, and dessert wines such as Apple Icewine, are also available.
Tiffins and the Nomad Lounge are expected to open in the summer of 2016.