Theme park aficionado Carlye Wisel has dined at her fair share of Disney properties, but claims the restaurant she and the Consumed crew visit in this episode — Tiffins Restaurant, inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando — is the very best meal to be had at any of them. Less than a year old, Tiffins is located at a fairly isolated end of Animal Kingdom, near what will soon become the park’s newest area, “Pandora: World of Avatar.” But with the Asian and African decor, three dining rooms, and more upscale menu, it’s clear Disney is hoping it will become a destination in its own right.
Tiffins is Animal Kingdom’s first foray into “signature” dining (read: fine dining, a category Disney labels as priced between $35 and $59.99), and the menu is fittingly higher-end. Chef de cuisine David Njoroge cooks up Wagyu beef, house-made charcuterie, and whole fried Florida Keys yellowtail snapper, which is served to look like it’s swimming, teeth-bared, across a bed of forbidden black rice. Could Tiffins be the culinary escape every ragged amusement park-goer dreams about? “If you care about food even the slightest and you don’t come here,” Wisel notes, “you didn’t do Disney right.”