11/15/13 Update: Menu updated.
Location: You’ll find Kringla in the Norway Pavilion across from Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.
Food Type: Sandwiches, pastries, and goodies.
Dining Plan: One quick service credit for the sandwiches and many of the treats are snack credits. On the Dining Plan, you can order a sandwich, salad, pastry, and fountain beverage.
Unique items: Most everything.
- The pastries are amazing almost across the board and most are priced cheaper than the pre-packaged Disney cakes.
- Norwegian girls (and boys!).
- School Bread.
- Small, but usually sufficient dedicated seating in back.
- Service is usually quick, but it’s so small that the line may be out the door when Epcot is busy.
- No indoor seating.
- Limited selection of entrees.
- When it’s busy, waits can be long because the quick service is so small and it doesn’t take more than a couple large sandwich orders to back things up.
Value: High. The pastries are very good. It’s a lot of the food on the Dining Plan with plenty of dessert options as well.
Reputation: Stellar. You’re not going to hear a lot of negativity about Kringla.
Some of the case treats:
The Norwegian Club – Toasted.
With Ham, Turkey, Bacon, and Jarlsberg and Muenster Cheese with Fresh Tomatoes, Sliced Red Onion, and Lingonberry Mayonnaise on Toasted Multigrain Bread. Excellent as usual with fresh, high quality ingredients. The longonberry mayonnaise livens up what would otherwise be a fairly rudimentary sandwich, though the bacon also adds nice flavor. A very filling sandwich even without a side dish. You can add a nice side salad or cup of fruit for an additional $2.00. On the Disney Dining Plan, you’ll probably want to order that since it’s included as your “entree.” The combo is listed on the sign behind the counter, but not on the menu they may hand you when you enter the quick service.
Ham and Apple Sandwich and Rulekake:
The Ham and Apple Sandwich is a personal favorite and I opted to add the Rullekake because it’s fun to mispronounce. The sandwich is somewhat basic in that it’s mostly cheese. The “twist” is the apple chutney, which provides a sweet complement to an otherwise ordinary sandwich. Kringla toasts all of their sandwiches fresh after you order, so you’ll always come away with a hot, crisply toasted meal. The sandwich is highly recommended and a steal at price point. Cut it in half and you have two hearty snacks. The rullekake wasn’t particularly special in my opinion. Everything here is more than just fine, but the rullekake didn’t strike me as anything particularly special – just kind of a sweet, bland cake with jelly.
Salmon and Egg Sandwich:
This thing gets good reviews somehow. My future wife Stacey over at TouringPlans.com likes it. Party Through The Parks likes it. Disney on Wheels likes it. Melanie from the comments section of this website likes it. Which makes me seriously wonder if the world is going crazy. To be fair, I wasn’t expecting to like this as I don’t particularly care for this kind of smoked salmon. Because the texture is disgusting. The bread was either extremely chewy or extremely stale. Or both, as the two aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. On one hand, it’s a “light option.” On the other hand, it’s not a lot of food and isn’t going to fill most people up. Like I said, I don’t like lox/smoked salmon, so you can probably just ignore this review and listen to Melanie.
Roast Beef Sandwich:
The Roast Beef Sandwich – Toasted.
With Roast Beef, Jarlsberg, Tomato, and Caramelized Onions Served on Ciabatta Bread. Jill, the moderator of the Transportation Forum, was nice enough to take me out to lunch at Kringla. This sandwich looked to be just as good as mine, with a hefty portion of roast beef topped with a nice slice of cheese. With the massive amount of bread, it was probably even more filling than the Norwegian Club. That’s one thing about the ciabatta bread that I don’t always like. So much bread.
Potato Flatbread with a Sweet Cinnamon Butter. It’s a nice choice if you’re looking for something a little lighter and potentially full of fewer calories than the cream puff or School Bread. You do get two for the price, which makes it inexpensive and easy to share. Highly recommended, though it’s not particularly sweet if that’s what you’re expecting.
The best for last. The bread is spongy and full of a sweet vanilla custard. Think of a cinnamon roll without the cinnamon layers. It’s topped with a dusting of coconut, which doesn’t necessarily have an off-putting flavor if you don’t particularly care for coconut. My favorite snack at Epcot.