11/17/13 Update: Menu updated.
Location: To the left of Kali River Rapids in the Asia section.
Food Type: Asian
Dining Plan: One Quick Service or One Snack
Unique Items: Most everything.
- Large portions.
- Freshly prepared food.
- Tasty, unique entrées.
- Convenient location near Kali River Rapids, Maharajah Jungle Trek, Expedition Everest, and Flights of Wonder
- An entrée and side of egg rolls should be plenty for two to share. Chicken Fried Rice is a huge portion and a snack credit.
- “Anandupar Local Food Cafes” is almost as fun to say as Restaurantosaurus.
- Seating is limited, outside, and mostly in the sun.
- You could argue the Honey or Sweet & Sour Chicken is “just chicken nuggets with sauce thrown on them,” but that’s basically what Americanized Chinese food is – fried chicken nuggets with sauce.
- Yak & Yeti is not operated by Disney and service friendliness can be hit or miss.
- During peak meal times, it can take 15 to 25 minutes to order and pickup your food, all in the sun.
- Usually closes at least an hour before the rest of the Park. Check your Times Guide if you’re planning dinner.
Value: Above average. The entrées are reasonably priced and one entrée and a side should be plenty of food for two to share. On the Dining Plan, you can easily spend $16, making it a good value as well.
Reputation: When Yak & Yeti first opened, I was excited to try it. There are few new restaurant openings at Disney World and this sounded like it would be great. Unfortunately, at the time it really wasn’t. The Honey Chicken consisted of a few chicken nuggets with the tiniest dollop of sauce. Luckily, Anandupar has done better for itself and this counter service has improved since then. Portions are now larger and the amount of sauce is just right. Unfortunately, the seating hasn’t improved and most of the tables are directly in the sun. This makes Yak & Yeti an uncomfortable place to sit when the weather heats up or when it’s raining. It may be better to seek out other seating arrangements. The food is similar to the Yak & Yeti sit-down restaurant and costs a fraction of the price. Overall, this is a worthy counter service if you’re in the mood for a Panda Express like experience.
The Honey Chicken is the same lightly battered, deep-fried chicken that you’ll receive with the Sweet and Sour version. Only the Honey version is less sweet and overpowering. It adds a nice sweetness to the chicken and the rice underneath it. It’s a large portion and well worth the pricetag, since this is what you’ll be paying for virtually any other Disney entree.
This was another winner in my book. Served piping hot, it’s a large portion. We’ve got some seemingly fresh/crunchy onions and peppers mixed in with your prototypical fried chicken nuggets and sauce. There wasn’t a lot of pineapple, but with the mostly sweet sauce, it wasn’t missed.
Beef Lo Mein:
This is the best thing I’ve had at Walt Disney World in quite a while. And I’m not just saying that because I took a three week “vacation” in December. It was “literally” put in the box hot from the stove. Steam was “literally” rising off it after I opened the box. A lot of beef, noodles cooked perfectly, vegetables with just the right crunch. I was thoroughly impressed and left fuller than most quick service meals. A hearty recommendation.
Asian Chicken Sandwich:
I had no idea what to expect from this one, but was happy to see it had more than just two pieces of chicken on it. There isn’t much Asian to it other than a sesame-flavored relish of some sort. It was good, but not great. It’s a nice alternative to your standard salad if you’re in the mood for something cold, as I was. I don’t think I would go out of my way to order it again though. Not bad. But I don’t think it’s going to top anybody’s favorites list with so many alternatives. One consideration is that it’s extremely portable coming inside of a pre-packaged container with a side of Sun Chips. On the other hand, it’s pre-packaged with a boring bag of chips.
Pork Egg Rolls:
These are actually pretty good, if not a lot greasy. Being deep fried and full of pork, they have considerabe “weight” to them and you should find them to be quite filling. They’re a lot more food than the Summer Rolls down the street, but also much less healthy.
The banana pudding was a large portion – fairly standard for this sort of thing. It has a simple wafer sticking out of the top, some sort of crumbs on the bottom, and a chunk or two of banana somewhere in the middle of it all. It was a little different. A nice choice if you really like bananas, but it’s very banana-y if you don’t. It was almost too much for me. But I persevered for the good of the website. It’s a nice choice if you’re looking for something cold. Personally, I would shy toward the Frozen Lemonade.
Despite having 56 grams of sugar, the Frozen Lemonade is quite tart. It was a bit of a hassle to eat it because there was so much of it and it was so cold. The Lemonades are available at various carts and kiosks around Disney World, so it isn’t anything particularly special. But it’s probably a better choice for dessert than the pudding or cake, especially when it’s hot.
Unfortunately, seating is Yak & Yeti’s biggest problem. All tables are outside and most are not well shaded. It can get incredibly hot here in the afternoon when it’s crowded and the sun is out (as it usually is in Florida). There are tables across from the cashier area, but those aren’t well shaded either. The closest air-conditioned seating is at Restaurantosaurus or Pizzafari, neither of which is within a five minute walk. Try to get here around 11am if possible to find lower crowds and a lower temperature. Otherwise, it is a pretty location, though not as nice as Flame Tree Barbecue.
Yak & Yeti offers a few relatively unique packets of sauce. You’ll find soy sauce, low-sodium soy sauce, Duck Sauce, Panda Mustard, and hot sauce, along with mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise.