9/14/15 Update: Menu updated.
Kabuki Cafe is located in the Japan Pavilion to the left of the large Pagoda. You’ll see it on your right as you exit the rest of the Pavilion and make your way to the United States Pavilion or on the left walking to Japan.
It replaced the old Kakigori stand in July of 2011.
Kakigori and Ramune:
Kakigori is the clear favorite and just about what everyone orders. For the uninitiated, it’s basically a shaved ice treat, traditionally flavored with syrup and condensed milk. You’ll recognize it as very similar to a traditional sno-cone from the county fair. It’s one of my favorite snacks because it’s nice and light. One can only rationalize so many Cloudberry Horns from Kringla Bakeri og Kafe each week. Other than high fructose corn syrup and sugar, the Kakigori doesn’t have much to it other than ice.
Here’s what I ordered – a rainbow kakigori and a Ramune (Japanese Soda). I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the Ramune, but I was thirsty. I was somewhat displeased when it turned out to be just over six ounces. I was a little more displeased when I realized there were six steps to opening it. I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered a carbonated beverage that came with an instruction manual any longer than one step.
This is what you have to do:
1. Take off the plastic wrap around the lid.
2. Remove the top.
3. Punch out the opener from the top.
4. Place the opener at the top of the bottle and press down firmly.
5. “Drink with the indented neck side facing down to trap the marble.”
6. Enjoy the drink.
Yes, there is a marble involved. Apparently, when you “press down firmly” in step 4, you are pushing the marble down into the beverage. The marble is then caught in a sort of reservoir in the middle of the bottle. There are odd slits at the mouth of the bottle and it’s indented on all sides, making step 5 somewhat confusing. Apparently, the marble is to block the flow of liquid out of the bottle should you spill it. But keep in mind the bottle is glass. If you drop it, it will shatter. I suppose if you gently knocked it over, maybe the marble would protect some of the 6.76 ounces of liquid inside. At $3.25 a bottle, the marble must be some kind of insurance. Personally, I would prefer that you keep your marble and charge me 50 cents less. That way, I can afford to buy a new one for every seven bottles I consume and we can hope I only knock one out of every eight bottles off a cliff. It’s sort of a fun beverage though and they run about $2 in a regular grocery store, so $3.25 isn’t exactly highway robbery in the grand scheme of things. And it is very authentic Japan and somewhat rare to find in stores, unlike a lot of the other beverages around World Showcase (looking at you, Jarritos). If you want to make a kikigori at home, they use this machine – http://www.snowie.com/shavers/shaver_3000.html. It’s sort of fun to say – “The Snowie 3000.”
Curved “Bite Size” Nigiri topped with Tuna, Salmon, and Shrimp.
The three bite size nigiri with ginger and wasabi.
Pricing is in line with what you’d receive up the stairs at Katsura Grill. The nigiri here are merely okay. It’s potentially a quick snack that’s on the healthy side of things, but it isn’t going to sustain most people for very long.
Edamame and Green Tea Matcha Latte:
The edamame are an appropriate portion for about four dollars and arrive with a sprinkle of salt. Not the best, but it’s an interesting snack that will take a while to eat and is easily shareable.
This is a “frozen beer” that’s available from the Kabuki Cafe and Tokyo Dining Restaurant in the Japan Pavilion. The beer is Kirin Ichiban and the “frozen” aspect comes from a sort of whipped beer topping that tastes like beer. It’s really pretty gross. So much so, that I opted for a straw to bypass the foam. Yes, you can take away my alcoholic blogger card. Since it costs about as much as a regular Kirin Ichiban, you might as well try it if you’re going to buy one anyway. The topping is supposed to keep the beer colder for a longer period of time. Disney Parks Blog gushed:
“The guests were apprehensive, but very curious,” says Miller. “But once they try it, they often come back for another and bring their friends – it definitely makes the beer colder and keeps it colder longer, which is a good thing in the Florida sunshine.”
Yeah, I’m guessing they often don’t do that also.