Kringla Bakeri og Kafe
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Location: You’ll find Kringla Bakeri 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 qualify as snack credits.
Pull up the full Kringla Bakeri menu at DisneyWorld.com here.
Unique items: Most everything.
- The pastries are better than their standard Disney counterparts almost across the board.
- School Bread.
- Small, but usually sufficient dedicated seating in back. Plentiful curbside seating around the Pavilion.
- Service is usually quick and efficient.
- 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 for the same or less money than you’d pay for the standard Disney counterparts.
Reputation: Stellar. You’re not going to hear a lot of negativity about Kringla, although most people skip the entrees.
Kringla Bakeri Food Choices:
A cast member will offer to toast your sandwich, which is always a good call.
Kringla Bakeri serves the sandwich with Ham, Turkey, Bacon, Jarlsberg and Muenster with Fresh Tomatoes, Sliced Red Onion and Lingonberry Mayonnaise. The lingonberry mayonnaise livens up what would otherwise be a fairly rudimentary sandwich, though the bacon also adds a salty, meaty flavor and additional crunch. It makes for a filling sandwich that shouldn’t weight your visit down too much.
Ham and Apple Sandwich and Rulekake:
The Ham and Apple Sandwich is a personal favorite and I opted to add the Rulekake 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 another 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 the sub-$10 price point. Cut it in half and you have two hearty snacks. The rulekake wasn’t particularly special in my opinion – just kind of a sweet, bland cake with jelly. It may not be on the menu when you visit as Disney has switched out a lot of its traditional treats for those based on the Frozen franchise.
Salmon and Egg Bagel:
The Salmon and Egg Bagel is popular with the smoked salmon crowd, as you might expect. It sits on top of an Everything Bagel with two slices of egg and red onion on top of that Out of sight are the tomatoes and herb cream cheese underneath. It’s a little bit more authentic than the other sandwiches here and a rare opportunity to enjoy quick service smoked salmon.
On the entree front, Kringla is a good choice for a quick, no nonsense meal, but nothing here “feels” particularly Norwegian. Split two ways, a sandwich would certainly do enough to tide you over for something more interesting.
Kringla Bakeri Baked Treats
Lefse is 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 some of the larger and more expensive desserts. They’re also a lot less sweet than some of the cupcakes and other sugar bombs that Disney seems intent on serving at most of its other locations.
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. It’s definitely worth adding one to an order to share and you may come back again and again.
Kringla often offers items in its case that aren’t advertised online or on the printed menus.
It’s easy to peruse what’s available inside, particularly now that it’s remodeled.
I’m sure there’s another Frozen sequel right around the corner.
Often, the line for the beer cart outside Norway is long. Inside, Kringla serves several of the same beers on draft, typically to much shorter lines. If things look bad outside, head into the bakery, and you’ll probably come away with something else that may be just as tasty.