There are many things in this life that I obsess over, and two of those things are Japan and good food. When those two things combine, I am one happy girl. I recently dined at Tokyo Dining, a restaurant I hadn’t been to in several years, and my experience was one of the best I’ve ever had at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Because we were eating there with the Candlelight Processional meal package, my parents and I each had three-course meals. Everything was so delicious, though, that I think I would do that on my own as well. Our waitress brought us warm towels to cleanse our hands, and then took our orders. Each time she or someone else on the wait staff came to our table, they thanked us for our patience (even though they didn’t keep us waiting once).
My mom and I both ordered the assorted tempura for our appetizers. It came with one super long shrimp, zucchini, a chicken strip, and a sweet potato. If you’re not familiar with tempura, it is a light breading that has a slightly crunchy outside.
For my main entrée, I had one of the best filets I’ve ever eaten. It was served with sweet potato slices, croquettes (which are difficult to describe, but it’s kind of like mashed potatoes that are breaded), mixed veggies, and brown beef rice (which I am still craving to this day). This plate was full, but I cleared it completely. There was such a nice variety so that every bite brought a new set of flavors along with it.
I didn’t have high expectations for dessert because there were only a few options, each of which involved chocolate or green tea (two things that aren’t high on my list of favorites), but I was pleasantly surprised! I ordered the green tea and vanilla soft-serve twist, and that was very refreshing. If you’re feeling full but you want something to settle your sweet tooth, that’s a great pick. My parents went with the green tea cheesecake, which at first sounded the least appetizing to me because I also don’t like cheesecake, but I think next time I will order it for myself. Its green tea flavor isn’t too strong, and the small portion size keeps it from being too heavy after a big meal. It was also very pretty to look at.
Our waitress really made this meal particularly memorable. She was so adorable and helpful when we asked questions. We spoke with her a lot about her life back in Japan and what she thought of America. The highlight of the meal was when she thanked us for speaking so much with her because people don’t often ask as many questions as we did and we helped her practice her English. Everyone on the staff there took Disney’s promise of guest courtesy to a new level. Because of this, I don’t think you can go wrong by making a reservation at Tokyo Dining for your next visit to Epcot.
Tokyo Dining vs. Teppan Edo
In the past, I frequented Teppan Edo, the hibachi restaurant right next door to Tokyo Dining inside the Mitsukoshi store, but Tokyo Dining may be my new favorite of the two. It is more quiet and calm within Tokyo Dining, making it easier to converse with members of your party, but it doesn’t bring with it the entertainment or chance to meet other families like Teppan Edo does. I really like getting to know the cast members of World Showcase, and because Tokyo Dining is a more intimate setting, it is much easier to talk with the wait staff there. I recommend both restaurants and would suggest that if you haven’t been to a hibachi restaurant (where they cook the food in front of you with entertainment thrown in) to try Teppan Edo first. If you have tried hibachi before, take a chance with Tokyo Dining. I hope you’ll love it as much as I did.