9/14/15 Update: Menu updated and items added.
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 better than their standard Disney counterparts almost across the board.
- 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, although most people skip the entrees.
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 lingonberry 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 – just kind of a sweet, bland cake with jelly.
Salmon and Egg Sandwich:
The Salmon and Egg sandwich is popular with the smoked salmon crowd. It sits on top of a piece of bread with two slices of egg and red onion on top of that. It’s a little bit more authentic than the other sandwiches here and a rare opportunity to enjoy quick service smoked salmon.
Roast Beef Sandwich:
The Roast Beef Sandwich – Toasted.
With Roast Beef, Jarlsberg, Tomato, and Caramelized Onions Served on Ciabatta Bread. There is probably too much bread, even with ample toppings. You may want to eat it without the top piece of bread. It’s otherwise a sizable, straightforward sandwich.
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.
A cult favorite, 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.
Rum Cake with Custard and Almond Meringue topping. The Verdens’ recipe has changed a bit over the years, but the cake underneath remains airy and light with a faint rum flavor. The custard adds a bit of sweetness and the meringue has a nice crunch with a mild almond flavor. Like any lifestyle blogger, my go-to here is School Bread, but just about everything from Kringla is delicious.