8/29/14 Update: Menu updated and items added.
Location: 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 and .
- The Slow-roasted Pulled Beef Sandwich is unique, fresh, tasty, and a large portion. While not particularly authentic, the Chicken Salad is a nice change of pace and the Quinoa Salad is a unique vegetarian dish.
- The Fresh Chips are crispier and more flavorful than the bagged version.
- Only Dole Whip location at Animal Kingdom.
- Limited menu.
- Seating is all outside. You could take your food to Pizzafari, but it would take about three 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:
This had a prettier presentation than this picture seems to insinuate. Despite having a similar description, the mild African spices were so mild that they were nearly nonexistent. It tasted like a pretty standard chicken salad, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It was filling without being heavy and paired nicely with the fresh pita bread.
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.
The classic Dole Whip, the world’s most popular reconstituted-from-a-powder non-dairy treat.
There’s a ton of seating across the street at the Dawa Bar and near the entrance to Tusker House as pictures above.
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.