11/17/13 Update: Menu updated.
Location: Tamu Tamu Refreshments is located on the right as you enter Africa. Kilimanjaro Safaris is straight back and the Wilderness Express to Rafiki’s Planet Watch is further up on the right.
Food Type: Sandwiches, Fruit Salad, Quinoa Salad.
Dining Plan: Yes, some items qualify as snacks and you can put together the usual entree/beverage/dessert meal.
Unique Items: Most entrees are unique.
- There’s rarely much of a wait and service is friendly and efficient.
- It usually operates through Park close.
- It has less obvious dedicated seating to the right and there are plenty of tables across the street at the Dawa Bar.
- The Slow-roasted Pulled Beef Sandwich is unique, fresh, tasty, and a large portion. While not particularly authentic, the Chicken Salad Sandwich is enormous and tasty and the Quinoa Salad is a unique vegetarian dish.
- The Fresh Chips are crispier and more flavorful than the bagged version.
- Limited menu.
- Seating is all outside. You could take your food to Pizzafari, but it would take about five minutes to get there.
- The Milkshake is more like soft-serve ice cream.
Value: Above average. Portions are large, fresh, and higher quality than most.
Reputation: Tamu Tamu Refreshments is overlooked by just about everybody.
My guess is that it’s because the building isn’t particularly welcoming. The window where you order only has two cash registers and you can barely see the cast members’ faces in the small opening that’s surrounded by old-looking-bricks and two garbage cans right outside. Anyway, people who have eaten here review the food well. I don’t think anything they serve is “bad.”
Slow-roasted Pulled Beef Sandwich:
You’re welcome for the interior shot. I realize it isn’t as good as a DISboards.com half-eaten buffet plate, but you realize this website runs on a limited budget, right? Add this as another fine choice at the Animal Kingdom. Unlike the Chicken Waffle Sandwich at Magic Kingdom, where it’s just sweet on top of sweet, the cucumber does a nice job of tempering the spiciness in the beef. It’s also a large, filling portion.
Roasted Chicken Salad Sandwich:
The House-made chips are a lot better here than most places on property and they load you up.
They are spiced with a spice of some variety – I’m not sure what, but it adds a little sizzle of complexity to what is otherwise a mostly mundane potato chip.
The sandwich is quite sizable. I would have liked them to cut it in half. My other quibble is that the shredded lettuce made the sandwich messy. It seemed like stuff was falling out all over the place. There is not a whole lot African about the sandwich in my estimation. I have never been to Africa before and they may very well do chicken salad sandwiches there. The spices are indeed mild. There are a couple bites of fruit mixed in too. I enjoyed the sandwich, but with so many great options at Animal Kingdom, I’m not sure I’d make it my one meal of the day.
South African Quinoa Salad:
Romaine Lettuce, Olives, Feta Cheese, Tomatoes, Chickpeas, and Fried Tofu Hand-tossed in a Light Vinaigrette and served with Pita Bread – $8.19.
As far as vegetarian salads are concerned, this one was on point. Disney tends to douse anything and everything with lettuce in Ken’s Balsamic Vinaigrette, so the use of a light lemon vinaigrette was a welcome change of pace. It really lets the fresh, crunchy ingredients speak for themselves. With the tofu and quinoa, this is also one of the more filling vegetarian salads you’ll likely come upon and the pita bread adds a little heft. Feta cheese was the most pronounced flavor with the vegetables adding body. If you order a “vegetarian” quick service salad, Disney usually just has some poor College Program kid pick off the barbecued chicken. That isn’t the case at Tamu Tamu Refreshments.
Fresh Fruit Salad:
I have not ordered this myself, which is why it’s sitting next to the register. It doesn’t look like it’s much of a value at nearly ten bucks with tax, but I can’t tell if the pineapple around the edges is edible or sectioned for eating. If it is, there may be more fruit than meets the eye. But that’s what it looks like.
There’s a ton of seating across the street at the Dawa Bar and near the entrance to Tusker House as pictures above.
Said Dawa Bar.
There’s also additional tables in a dedicated seating section down to the right of where you order. As you can see, it’s usually more or less deserted because it isn’t particularly obvious and few people dine at Tamu Tamu.
Nothing too exciting.