Review: India 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

India is a new Marketplace for 2017. You’ll find it in between China and Refreshment Cool Post/Germany.

The menu is not a major departure from other items that we’ve seen in the past.

Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips – $4.75

That’s it in the middle. This is similar to a miniature version of the Bread Service over at Sanaa, where you receive five breads and nine accompaniments for $15. The Pickled Ginger and Mango Chutney tasted like direct copies of Sanaa, while the Coriander Pesto “felt” a little more oily, at least in execution. The bread is probably out of a grocery store bag, but it was appropriately soft and did a nice job of transporting the delicious accompaniments. If you’re heading to Sanaa, I’d probably save the $4.75, but if you’re looking to get your fix without leaving Epcot’s borders then it may be worth the investment. It would be nice if a little more bread was provided.

Taste: 6/10

Value: 4/10

Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice – $5

I was really impressed by this one and recommend it even for those that don’t strictly eat vegetarian. The vegetables were cooked just right so there were a variety of different flavors and textures mixing in with the mildly spicy, peppery curry sauce along with some garlic and coriander nuance. The rice was cooked just right too and did a nice job of soaking up what the vegetables couldn’t. Very good and an example of what this Festival is all about.

Taste: 8/10

Value: 7/10

Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread – $5.25

This was another flavorful, well-executed dish. Korma is relatively involved and Disney managed to hit all the high notes with a deliciously complex sauce full of garlic, curry, cardamom, nutmeg, brown sugar, and a slew of other flavorful ingredients. There’s plenty of excess sauce for the naan, which tastes even better here than in the bread sampler. Very good.

Taste: 8/10

Value: 7/10

Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake with Chocolate Coconut Mousse – $3.50

We’ve got another winner here – the cake had a delightfully light body and was packed full of earthy pistachio flavor backed up by the decadent chocolate mousse with some hints of coconut to round out the bite. Pick one up if you’re otherwise stopping.

Taste: 8/10

Value: 8/10

Mango Lassi – $4.75

This was an incredibly refreshing non-alcoholic drink with a creamy texture and a really bright, fruity mango flavor. Nearly five bucks is rough, but it’s par for the course here at the Epcot. It would taste great with a shot of vodka.

Taste: 9/10

Value: 5/10

Kingfisher Lager – $4

Store Price: 13.2 cents/ounce

Festival Price: 58 cents/ounce

Value: Poor

Kingfisher is “okay” but paying the equivalent of $8 for a 12-ounce serving is pretty rough. Add a cup if you have the inclination, but there are better choices. I’m not 100% sure if Disney is serving the Indian version or the one brewed in Saratoga Springs, New York. But I would guess it’s the domestic version.

Overall, India does a lot of things very well and should be a major stop on your walk around World Showcase.

Comments

  1. Ashley says

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write such descriptive posts for each booth and food item! This will be my first time getting to go to Food and Wine this year. Your pictures and detailed descriptions are helping so much to narrow down the overwhelming list of options. Your site and Bricker’s are the only ones I can find that actually put work into the specifics. You are a true hero and a Great American!! :)

  2. John says

    Honestly, Indian food was just made for something like Food & Wine. Flavorful, easy to prepare in big batches, simple to present, and something most people in the US probably don’t eat alot. I’m bummed they didn’t have this booth last year – I would have loved everything at this booth.

  3. MTC says

    I thought both main dishes were akin to what I make at least once a week at home with jarred sauce from the international aisle of the grocery store – nothing really special. To each his own, I suppose.

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