A concern I have expressed in previous writings about Universal Orlando level hotels revolves around their quick service. Now, the quick service provided at the value and value plus (prime value) hotels exceed other options in terms of local theme parks. However, quick service food provided at the preferred and premier hotels at Universal Orlando needed improvement. To be clear, the table (or full) service dining at the higher-level hotel rates as great.
The quick service provided at the top hotels sometimes gets evaluated as slow and overpriced. Some of this issue improved with some new grab and go options at Sapphire Falls. Hard Rock Hotel’s quick service option has improved over the last few years also. Portofino Bay Resort is awesome, but the quick service still remains about same level as before. One of the biggest quick service improvements happened at Royal Pacific Resort in 2020. The Tuk Tuk Market renovation creates a better space and a good quality option for guests in terms of quick service.
Guests now have more options. Based on layout of lobby, the seating area still seems small. Still, the seating area offers a lovely view. Since this is a Polynesian themed resort, quick service options include sushi and stir-fry. If not that adventurous, Tuk Tuk Market sells standard breakfast items, deli sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and even hot dogs. Guests enjoy the dessert tarts (sometime called Tuk Tarts) and gelato.
If a beverage is more your desire, they serve Starbucks coffee. For the record, they “proudly” serve Starbucks. That phrase functions as a code word for:” we do not take your Starbucks gift cards or mobile app purchases.” If you want to use your Starbucks app account and/or a gift card, you will need to visit Starbucks in CityWalk, inside the theme parks, Portofino Bay Resort, or the value or value plus (prime value) on-site hotels. However, for Starbucks fans, coffee from your hotel lobby tastes great either way. Of course, wines and other alcoholic beverages can be acquired here.
Though a slight resort-wide price increase may have happened since my last visit, Tuk Tuk Market sells refillable freestyle cups. These cups may only be used at Royal Pacific. The in-park versions do not work here either. The current price is $9.99 for one day of unlimited refill at your resort. Two days cost $12.99. Three days cost $15.99. However, the best deal is the “length of stay” pricing. If you are staying 4-14 days, the price is $18.99 currently. Even if you find the quick service limited here, the “length of stay” freestyle refill cups offer great value.
The Tuk Tuk Market operates every day from 6am to 11pm. Of course, these hours function as subject to change though. If you get to enjoy a stay at the Royal Pacific Resort, the improved Tuk Tuk Market will add to the quality of your stay. In addition, I express many thanks to Joe from BackToTheMouse.com for all the photos seen in this article. As always, eat like you mean it!
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