Tangierine Cafe is a counter-service restaurant in the Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion. With so many food options throughout World Showcase, Tangierine Cafe stands out by serving Mediterranean fare. The exceptional food mixed with the Morocco Pavilion’s beauty makes the restaurant a fan favorite. Tangierine Cafe does take part in the Disney Dining Plan as a counter-service credit but doesn’t currently accept any discounts. We recently dined at Tangierine Cafe and this review will include a review of the food, photos and our thoughts on Tangierine Cafe’s value.
World Showcase can be the most crowded area in Walt Disney World but I’ve always felt as if the Morocco Pavilion is still left underappreciated. Perhaps it’s the way Morocco is laid out with a winding alley and shops that guests have to follow. Instead of being open like the Italy Pavilion, Morocco takes a bit of exploring to enjoy.
That may lead to it being underappreciated but it also leads to it being one of the most beautiful areas in Walt Disney World. The architecture, specifically the brickwork, is gorgeous. The shopping and food are both unique to Walt Disney World, making the area distinct and different.
Tangierine Cafe fits in with Morocco, residing at the very front of the pavilion. While there isn’t much seating indoors, the vaulted ceiling and beautiful detailing around it give the restaurant some character. The walls are a muted orange and ceiling a light blue, again fitting in with the rest of the Pavilion. Guests order at the counter and you can watch many of the cast members prepare your food.
As I mentioned, there isn’t much seating inside but the tables do extend outside the restaurant, which offers a beautiful view. We were at Tangierine Cafe at a fairly busy time of year and there were plenty of seats open, both inside and outside. Like the pavilion as a whole, Morocco’s popularity, or lack thereof, work in guests favor as far as seating availability. While the restaurant seems to have a following and I’ve never heard anyone say a bad thing about it, I’ve also never seen a long line form here. Maybe it’s due to the food being a little out of people’s comfort zone? That would be my guess.
Speaking of the food, here’s a look at the menu. All of the entrees fall in the $14-$18 range and the wraps (gyros) are between $10-$14. All of the platters, wraps and specialties take part in the Dining Plan.
For my entrée, I went with the Shawarma Lamb Platter. This comes with Lamb served with a side of Hummus, Tabouleh, and Tangierine Couscous Salad with fresh Moroccan Bread. I thoroughly enjoyed the lamb, as it’s juicy and full of flavor. The dressing on top adds a little zing to the meat. I’m not a huge Hummus fan, but this had good flavor. The salad was purposefully bitter but a little heavy on the dressing and onions for me. On the opposite side of the spectrum, I did like the couscous as it was light and flavorful. The pita bread was a winner and especially good paired with the lamb.
Melissa went with Lamb Specialty Wrap, also known as a gyro. I have no idea why they call it a specialty wrap as opposed to a gyro? Maybe someone smarter than me has the answer. Anyway, this was our preferred entrée. All of the ingredients (lamb, lettuce, tomato, onion and dressing) worked really well together. The lamb was again the star, with it not being overly salty and very tender. The dressing, close to ranch, balanced the flavor of the meat. We both love pita bread so this was a winner, as well.
The gyro came with a side of Couscous and Lentil Salad. Both of those were fine, although not particularly interesting. The gyro was filling and both entrees could be shared if you wanted to follow it up with a dessert or extra snack.
Tangierine Cafe’s prices are pretty run of the mill when it comes to Walt Disney World counter-service. All of these options come with a good amount of food and none of the plates are over $20. While it isn’t an amazing deal, it pretty much falls in line with all other prices. Throw in that the food is better than nearly all of Disney World counter-service options and that makes Tangierine Cafe a good place to go. Since the prices fall in line with most of WDW, this is a fine value on the dining plan. The Shawarma Platters especially are a good value on the Dining Plan.
Overall, Tangierine Cafe is one of the best counter-service restaurants in Epcot. The food is delicious, prices are fair and the environment fits in with the rest of the Morocco Pavilion. If you’re looking for an easy place to try something new or are a fan of Mediterranean food in the first place, Tangierine Cafe is one of the best places to go in Walt Disney World.
Overall Rating – 9/10
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