We added our first signature dining experience to our list. We have to say that Tiffins Restaurant At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park Surprised Us! If you have been here on the blog for a while, you have likely read some of our other dining reviews. By now, you have probably figured out that we are Disney foodies. There is a lot to do, see and experience on a Walt Disney World vacation, but the food experience is really a vacation in itself.
Tiffins Restaurant At Disney’s Animal Kingdom
On our last trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, we booked a late dining reservation for Tiffins Restaurant. Before we dive into the dining review let me share the benefits of making a late dining reservation. Well, first off by late I mean booking a time right at or close to that day’s park closing time.
Choosing a Later Dining Time
On this specific day Disney’s Animal Kingdom closed at 5pm. We booked our reservation at 4:50pm. So why do we do this? Well depending on the time of year, the restaurants usually are not as crowded during this time because most people are already heading out of the park. With less people in the restaurant, it gives you more of a VIP experience. Another reason to dine at this time is it really gives you the freedom to sit back and enjoy your meal. No feeling rushed to get back out and experience the park attractions.
While you are dining, the crowd is heading back to the resort buses, their cars, or other modes of transportation. If you are not a big fan of crowds or waiting in long lines to leave the park, this is another reason to book a late dining reservation. Once you are finished with your meal, coming out of the restaurant into an almost empty park is something everyone needs to experience at least once at each of the parks.
Now, The Good Stuff
Now, let us talk about Tiffins Restaurant. The restaurant itself is themed to celebrate global discovery. Created by the same imagineers and animal experts that built Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Inspired by actual notes and field sketches of the Imagineers artwork, photographs, paintings & sculptures can be found throughout the restaurant. Tiffins Restaurant has three elegant dining rooms honoring Africa, Asia, and some of the world’s most exotic animals. Asia (the Trek Gallery), Africa (the Safari Gallery), animal species found in the park (the Grand Gallery). Please note, this restaurant IS a signature dining experience.
We dined in the Safari Gallery. Tucked away in a corner booth we were able to take in the sights and sounds of this amazing dining room. We started with a signature bread which was gluten friendly with a Red Pepper Hummus, Spicy Coriander Yogurt, Ginger-Pear Chutney as well at the Tacos a plant based Tinga (shredded beef) cheese, avocado & a pickled slaw on a corn tortilla with a squeeze of lime for additional flavor. Of course, we have all had tacos before but these were very unique to the culture and tasted very good.
Dinner for me was the Shrimp & Grits. A gluten friendly meal that had Jumbo shrimp topped with heirloom tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon pepper jam on top of a nice warm bowl of grits. This meal was really good I really enjoyed the flavor of this dish it was also very filling. My husband had the Lobster Mac n Cheese he said it was different but good this was the first time he had tried mac n cheese with lobster added.
We were really too full for desert but because we were celebrating my birthday this trip, we had on our celebration buttons. Our server brought out a special birthday dessert on the house. Passion Fruit Tapioca Créme a Chocolate Crumble, Citrus Fruits, Coconut Crème. This is a gluten friendly dessert and it was super delicious.
My Opinion On Tiffins Restaurant At Disney’s Animal Kingdom
I think this restaurant is more of a choice for a date night or an all-adult trip. Kids of course are welcome (there is a kid menu the menu items are not the usual items you would find at other restaurants). The items here are special and unique to the Tiffins Restaurant. Overall, we enjoyed our experience at Tiffins Restaurant at Disney’s Animal. We will definitely dine at this location again so we can try some of the other amazing dishes as well as dine in the other two dining rooms.
Not hungry for a sit-down dinner? Check out Nomad Lounge located right next to Tiffins restaurant. You can dine on small plates as well as grab a beer, glass of wine or a specialty cocktail. If you are heading to Disney World without a dining plan, click the link to learn some great tips!
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