In my brief theme park food blogging career, I have begged editors to let me write about nachos. I appreciate nachos, I grew up in southern USA. I trained in athletics and went to seminary in Texas. My concept of nachos reflects a “Tex-Mex” bias. In the Orlando area theme park resorts, nacho thinking should exceed just Mexican style nachos. You can find all types of nachos. For example, Ahi Tuna Nachos may sound non-traditional. Yak and Yeti, a Landry’s restaurant, offers some impressive looking and tasting nachos with an Asian zing.
Yak and Yeti’s large menu might overwhelm some guests. Please, do not let that discourage you from the quality table service restaurant. The appetizer selection, even with a reduced menu since park reopening in July 2020, has something for everyone. The menu describes some appetizers as sharable for two. Personally, I have ordered a supposedly sharable appetizer at restaurants before only to be presented with a tiny portion of food. My personal disappointment was obvious in those cases.
No one of sound mind and body would describe the Ahi Tuna Nachos at Yak and Yeti as small. Now, these nachos rival the size of the Volcano Nachos at Margaritaville at Universal Orlando CityWalk. They are described on the menu as “sushi grade Ahi tuna, Asian slaw, crispy fried wontons, wasabi aioli, sweet soy glaze.” This sharable appetizer costs $18.99. For a small group trying to enjoy Animal Kingdom on a lower budget, this appetizer could serve as a light lunch for 2 or 3 people. With a price point under $20, that will stretch your budget quite well.
If you are wondering, these nachos exceed simply being normal theme park food. For example, the tuna passes the freshness test. In addition, the tuna portion size surpasses standard expectations. Of the ahi tuna nachos offerings at area theme parks, this tuna wins in terms of overall flavor.
For these nachos, they use fried wontons in lieu of traditional tortilla chips. The flavor of the wontons suits this dish well. The overall presentation with the wontons works well. Now, some guests report the fried wonton are thicker now. Perhaps, this may be due to keeping them sturdy for nachos purposes. Guests who claim this say flavor of wonton chips is slightly lower quality. These reports lack consistency in that criticism, however. One thing we know for sure is the fried wontons avoid becoming soggy.
In addition, the wasabi aioli provides a nice kick to this Asian themed appetizer. If you are highly sensitive to spice, you should avoid these nachos. However, most people will enjoy the Asian seasoning. When combined with the slaw and other portions of these nachos, the combination is superb.
If you have not guessed already, these nachos serve as a great value for numerous reasons. Truly, the price point in combination with portion size eases anybody vacation budget. Also, the flavoring and aroma of this appetizer ranks high in terms of in park table service dining. May I suggest on your next trip to Animal Kingdom that you consider these nachos at Yak and Yeti.
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