Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe is of course the quick service arm of Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Asia and near the entrances to Kali River Rapids and Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Otherwise, you probably know Yak as the ho-hum Asian fast food option at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which recently added “American Kobe Beef” hamburgers and hot dogs. You can subject yourself to that rant and review in this post, if you’re unfamiliar with my take on the meaning (or lack thereof) behind American Kobe. We’ll get to some other lunch/dinner menu changes in a moment, but the quick service recently added breakfast served between Park open and 10:30am. Here’s the menu:
It seems like just about every Animal Kingdom establishment has taken a shot at serving breakfast over the years. Most recently, Restaurantosaurus in DinoLand tried a waffle bar. A few years ago, Pizzafari served all sorts of breakfast options including breakfast pizza, breakfast burritos, breakfast croissants, and a whole lot more. That was after transitioning from a more limited menu that included items like the Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata. Breakfast there ended with Starbucks opening up just down the road in 2015.
These days, there are perhaps more options than ever. Above is the $6.79 “Hot Breakfast Wrap – Egg, Sausage, Spinach, and Goat Cheese” from Kusafiri Bakery in Africa, where you can also pick something out from an assortment of pastries. I really liked the Wrap – fresh, hot, and full of stuff with a nice tang from the goat cheese and plenty of egg and spinach.
Creature Comforts serves Starbucks’ reliable assortment of reheated breakfast sandwiches. While they are unlikely to change your life, they’re also around six bucks and easy to order alongside a quick pick-me-up beverage.
Satu’li Canteen entered the fracas with Pandora’s opening at the end of May.
The updated menu is available here. In addition to offering a more inspired menu than many of the other fast food options at Animal Kingdom, Satu’li should be convenient during breakfast hours for anyone that’s starting their day in Pandora or has a FastPass+ before breakfast service stops at 11am. Mobile order via the My Disney Experience app also means you can argue over what you want to order while in line for Na’vi River Journey and skip the line once you’re ready to eat.
On the table service front, you’ve got Rainforest Cafe serving entrees that are far more sizable than anything you’ll find elsewhere at prices that are typically only a couple of dollars higher. Full menu here with breakfast seatings available between 8:30am and 10:10am.
Tusker House is the popular character meal in Africa.
I don’t typically review a lot of in-Park breakfast options because I consider them to be a waste of precious morning touring time. Certainly, there are times when you’re looking to take it easy and a 10am Rainforest Cafe breakfast might make sense. But taking a half hour to eat breakfast at Satu’li Canteen means waits will just be that much longer at whatever attraction you’re heading to after eating. Waits typically build in the morning, so you’re going to wait longer at DINOSAUR at 11am than you would at 10:30am. And that may be just fine if you have a limited number of things you’re planning on doing. And if you can do breakfast around 10:45am at Satu’li in particular, that does give you a full 100+ minutes to enjoy short waits at other attractions before taking what may be a much-needed break. The following review is from the morning of July 25, 2017, when I arrived at the entrance at 7:15am. So by 10am, I wouldn’t have said no to Rainforest Cafe’s “Pie of the Viper” – whatever that might turn out to be.
Anyway, I didn’t start this post with a history of Animal Kingdom breakfast in mind, but Yak & Yeti’s offerings are so horrific that I thought I would lay out some other, potentially much better, options.
As a reminder, here are Yak & Yeti’s adult breakfast entrees. Three of these are served on English Muffins, two arrive inside of tortillas, and then the Bacon and Egg Sandwich is surrounded by toasted challah bread.
This is the $9.99 “Breakfast Burrito – Eggs, American Cheese, Chorizo, Peppers and Onions. Served with Hash Brown Bites.” The burrito is wrapped unceremoniously inside of a thick, largely flavorless, room-temperature tortilla. It might have been hot at one time, but despite everything being pre-made, the burrito still sat there on the tray for a full ten minutes while we waited for our drinks and Hash Brown Bites to be plated/cupped.
To call this an atrocity is probably hyperbole, but there were no redeeming qualities. The tortilla is thick, bland, and offers little more than taking flavor away from anything that might have a hint of taste. It’s also folded over a couple of times, so while the burrito initially “feels” plump, there’s significantly less stuff inside than you might expect. The powdered eggs were mushy, runny, and insubstantial. I’ve actually managed to capture the single piece of green pepper. That’s why they pay me the big bucks. I didn’t see or taste any onions. The “chorizo” was crumbly sausage with any possible flavor masked by the overwhelming nothingness of the thick tortilla. As far as prison food goes, it’s probably passable, but any $1.50 frozen burrito from your grocer’s freezer aisle is going to taste better than this. I’m not sure there’s a worse way to spend ten dollars on food at Animal Kingdom.
Actually, there is, because you could order the $9.99 “Sausage and Egg English Muffin – Eggs, American Cheese, Sausage on a toasted English Muffin. Served with Hash Brown Bites.” This is served straight out of the microwave in the same aluminum-esque wrap as the burrito and other sandwiches.
When they say “American cheese,” I think they’re actually referring to “off-brand cheese product.” This variety of Kraft Single is actually a guilty pleasure of mine – I don’t really mind it at all – but here it was served as goopy and slimy as it was lacking in real cheese flavor. And for ten bucks, I think you could reasonably expect a slice of something more substantial. The egg is served as a pre-cut square on top of the “sausage” that is probably better-described as distantly-pork-flavored fat. The texture was as gummy as the fake egg. The English Muffin, which you would hope would have a crispy quality coming out of the toaster, was limp and soft. Not what you want to wake up to in the morning.
The Hash Brown Bites, that are available separately for $3.99, weren’t bad. But they did suffer from a greasy quality and were a bit heavy on the dry herb flavor. Considering what may be a sizable wait, I don’t see the seven pieces being worth the money or the time.
The $8 Fruit Salad is pre-packaged in a plastic container and didn’t look like a tremendous value for the money.
You might wait a few minutes for the Watermelon Salad from Flame Tree Barbecue – still not a great value, but the balsamic against the fruit is really addictive.
Overall, there’s little positive to say about Yak & Yeti’s breakfast offerings. The fact that the menu is only served until 10:30am probably makes a visit inconvenient otherwise, and the all-outdoor seating isn’t particularly comfortable in the morning humidity.
On the lunch/dinner front, Yak & Yeti has switched out what was an “Asian Chicken Sandwich” for an “Asian Chicken Wrap.” It sounds like it’s served on the same tortilla as our breakfast burrito, which doesn’t sound promising.
But it does replace this pre-packaged sandwich served with a side of Sun Chips. So we’ll see how the replacement fares.
A “Vegetable Tikka Masala” replaces the above, which was the “Roasted Vegetable Couscous Wrap.” There wasn’t a whole lot to it and the flavor was pretty gross, so the replacement is probably an improvement there, too.
Yak & Yeti has also introduced a “Chicken Fried Rice Side” that’s a dollar less than the non-side. Only the side is good for a snack credit, which probably means a reduction in quantity for what you get on the Dining Plan.
I’ll try the new entrees along with the two interesting-sounding desserts on the next go-around or whenever I’m ready to light $30 on fire. Whatever comes first.