Tangierine Cafe

by josh on November 30, 2012

10/4/14 Update: Menu updated and items added.

Location: In Morocco across from Spice Road Table. Note that it isn’t “Tangerine” like the fruit, but “Tangierine” like the country Tangier.

Food Type: Moroccan meats and vegetarian items.

Dining Plan: One quick service credit and some items count as snacks.

Menu:


Tangierine has a separate coffee and pastry bar in the back corner that few people visit.

Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports11/tangierine.jpg.

Unique Items: Everything.

Advantages:

  • A lot of bang for your quick service credit with $14 and $15 entrees.
  • Some of the highest quality, most unique quick service food at the theme parks.
  • “Interesting” without being “weird.”
  • While more expensive than most other meals, portions are larger.
  • Usually plenty of seating, though most tables are outdoors.

Disadvantages:

  • It might just be bad luck, but service has always been indifferent at best.
  • Expensive.
  • May not appeal to everyone.

Value: Above average.  While expensive, the food is very good and portions are large.

Reputation: High.  Tangierine Cafe is a favorite of many looking for food that’s a little different.

Food Choices:

Chicken and Lamb Shawarma Platter:

Excellent, as usual.  It’s a nice choice if you’re looking to share because of the quantity of food and the fact that you can easily attack it with a couple of forks.  Sometimes splitting those Pork Sandwiches isn’t pretty.  While the price is a couple dollars more than most of the other options, I’ve always felt that it was worth the extra coin.  And on the Disney Dining Plan it’s closer to a no-brainer.  The meat is shaved off of vertical roasters and then placed delicately on your plastic plate.  Topped with a tzatziki (think cucumber) sauce, all of the meats are excellent.  The lamb is my favorite, but the chicken offers a bit of variety.  The bread is fresh and pairs nicely with the hummus.  I could do without the tabbouleh, but it certainly isn’t terrible.  There’s only a couple of bites anyway.

Mediterranean Sliders:


I enjoyed the sliders.  The chicken was uncharacteristically dry, to the point where it was difficult to swallow.  But everything else was just as it should be.  Rather than overpowering the flavors of the meat/felafel, the onions provided a nice crunch.  The tahini sauce referenced is (obviously) made with tahini, which is a sesame seed paste.  I’m not sure what it would taste like without it, but the sauce didn’t seem to add much flavor to the dish.  The tabbouleh and lentil salad are also nice cold accompaniments to the sandwiches.  If pressed, I would probably order the Chicken and Lamb Shawarma Platter over the Sliders.  It seemed to be more food, but this was a nice way to sample the menu’s major items too.

Kefta Sandwich


This is the Moroccan Kefta Sandwich – Seasoned Ground Beef, Grilled and served with fresh salsa and fries – $10.99. It turns out to be sort of a Moroccan hamburger with diced tomatoes on a thick, dry roll. The beef was cooked to death and the fries were among the worst I’ve had anywhere. You may have better luck – it would have been nice to be able to switch out the fries for a more interesting side.

Falafel Wrap


This was better, but the falafel was overcooked, dry, and crumbly. Non-vegetarians should stick to the shawarma.

Baklava

While frozen and defrosted, Moroccan baklava is a nice introduction into the nutty world of layered filo dough.

Tangierine Cocktail

Knowing full well I was about to be ripped off, I ordered the $8.99 Tangierine Cocktail, which is a short pour of triple sec underneath half strawberry/half tangerine non-alcoholic slush. Refreshing, but a waste of money.

Sangria and Mimosa

The mimosa is straightforward featuring about two ounces of cheap sparkling wine topped with two ounces of orange juice. The sangria is a worse value proposition, offering about three ounces of cheap Spanish sangria for too much money. Drinks are best purchased elsewhere.

Seating

Try to time a meal when Mo’ Rockin and the Belly Dancer are performing on the promenade.



{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jo December 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

We always eat here before the fireworks. Unique and good food. The kids love dancing along with the belly dancer when she is on. Loads of food on those shwarma platters.

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Lee March 2, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Do they no longer serve the meatball platter with rice? It’s my daughter’s favorite lunch!

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Ezra October 7, 2014 at 4:41 am

I’ve never tried this place, but I love restaurant marrakesh, which is reasonably priced, especially at lunch, and beautifully themed. It’s definitely worth a try, even for non-adventurous eaters. And, by the way, sorry to be obnoxious, but tangier is a city, not a country. Thanks for the great reviews!

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