We continue from Mosaic Canteen.
Takumi Table joins the ranks of the Festival of the Arts for the second year.
The “Sushi Donut” replaces an item that was potentially a little more authentic in the Chirashi Sushi. The Melting Snow Cocktail and Sapporo are also new additions.
Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped Sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Avocado, and Masago accented with Citrus-soy Gelée and Wasabi on the side – $7.50
This is a fun take on sushi that’s sure to make the dish more popular with Festival goers. There’s a nice ring of densely-packed sushi rice underneath an assortment of raw fish, basically like different varieties of nigiri pushed together to form a circle. Everything is incredibly fresh and flavorful and it offers an opportunity to try several different kinds of sushi in short order. I would have liked more of the Citrus-soy Gelée, which was really only spooned over the two pieces of salmon. It added a nice salty citrus flavor that helped bring out some of the nuance in the fish. Whether it’s an optical illusion or not, it also “feels” like a lot of food for $7.50 and the fact that it’s carefully prepared inside the Food Studio as it’s being ordered is a nice plus. Typically, during other Festivals, Japan sees short to nonexistent lines because the sushi is prepared across the Pavilion and carted over to sit until it’s ordered. The good news is that everything is all the more fresh. The bad news is you may have to wait a few minutes for it.
I really enjoyed last year’s “Chirashi Sushi and Haupia Pearl: Salmon, Tuna and Yuzu Miso with Coconut Tapioca Pudding” as pictured above. It was a beautiful plating with some really interesting, vibrant flavors. I’m sure they’re going to sell far more Donuts, but the flavors are certainly muted and you don’t enjoy that side of Coconut Tapioca Pudding.
Taiyaki: Stuffed Japanese Pastry with Sesame Cream, Sweet Red Bean Paste, and Raspberry Sauce – $5.50
This is a popular Japanese treat and while the fish might look crispy, it’s actually soft and more like a pancake or waffle in texture. The red bean taste is interesting – mostly sweet with the consistency of icing. If you’re not into it, you can sweeten up the profile with the raspberry sauce and whipped cream. I enjoyed trying it, though it’s a now a pricier proposition, up a dollar since last year.
Masu Sake in a Personalized Wooden Cup – $10
These wooden boxes were popular as the sake is ladled out of a giant barrel and placed delicately into your masu. Cast members in Japan are among the friendliest you’ll run into at Epcot and the experience begins by one of them personalizing your box with your name written in Japanese. It’s a fun moment as they then at least pretend to hook you up with an overflowing cup of middling sake. We enjoyed the experience and it’s a good opportunity to interact with cast members.
Melting Snow Cocktail: Sake, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice, and Japanese Calpico – $7.50
This is a sweet, refreshing drink that’s much thinner and more drinkable than past offerings. The nose leans towards sweet peach with the cranberry juice doing a nice job of adding tart fruit that eases the sugar. Any unpleasant alcohol from the Sake is washed away by the other ingredients, leaving a drink that probably packs very little punch for the money. It’s a pleasant, fruity couple of sips, though.
Overall, Takumi Table takes a bit of a step back at this year, but it may be worth a stop if you’re in the mood for sushi. The drinks are fun too.