Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina Review – 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

    New to the 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina. Treat your senses to traditional Moroccan cuisine, like grilled kebabs and a falafel pita.

    The Tangierine Cafe has returned for the first time since COVID-19 shut down the parks and is Disney’s first stab at using the space after taking over the entire Morocco Pavilion following financial woes of the previous third-party owner.

    Fried Falafel Pita – $5.25

    Served with Tahini Sauce

    We’ll start with a delicious option and new twist on the ever-popular Falafel fries. Yes, while the falafel fries are not on the Festival menu, they are available at the nearby Spice Road Table Lounge.

    Ok, back to the falafel at hand. A firm crunch gives way to a soft falafel interior that reminds us of the fries version. This is a nice offering that hits the mark on this otherwise favors carnivores.

    Grilled Kebabs – $5.75 each

    Served with Couscous, Tomato-Onion Salad and Garlic Aïoli

    • Lemon-Garlic Chicken
    • Moroccan Spiced Lamb
    • Harissa-marinated Beef Tenderloin Tips

    Lemon-Garlic Chicken

    Each of these kebabs are purchased separately, and there are definitely some good offerings, and one to avoid at all costs.

    The lemon-garlic chicken falls in the good column thanks to wonderful flavoring and a perfect cook. Tender chicken benefits immensely from the lemon-garlic. We’ll wait until the beef to talk about the sides offered.

    Moroccan Spiced Lamb

    For us, the lamb fell just behind the chicken in terms of overall flavor. The lamb has the biggest portion of the three, but the chicken narrowly beats what is otherwise a good option. If you’re looking for something a little more authentic, the lamb is a good choice.

    Harissa-marinated Beef Tenderloin Tips

    By far the worst option of the three, we recommend that you steer clear of the Harissa-marinated Beef Tenderloin Tips. They were overcooked, tough, and lacked flavor.

    That said, let’s talk about the wonderful sides. As you can see, all three kebabs are served with Couscous, Tomato-Onion Salad and Garlic Aïoli. The winner here is the tomato-onion salad. Incredibly fresh and served cold, we’d actually like to see Disney expand this offering into more dishes in the Morocco Pavilion.

    Stone-baked Moroccan Bread – $5.00

    Served with Hummus, Zaalouk and Zhoug Dips

    Moving on to the stone-baked Moroccan bread. The bread was nice and soft, easy to tear for dipping.

    As far as the sauces were concerned, we found the hummus to be rather standard. The Zaalouk was a nice mild sauce that almost had a touch of sweetness to it. The Zhoug is meant to be a spicy sauce, but we also found this to be quite mild – your mileage may vary. The portion size here was pretty good, allowing for a sampling of each sauce between 2-3 friends.

    Pistachio Cake – $4.75

    Served with Cinnamon Pastry Cream and Candied Walnuts

    Perhaps the surprise winner of the bunch, the Pistachio Cake had a light, cinnamon pastry cream and candied walnuts. The pistachio cake was light and airy and paired nicely with the sweet pastry cream. We can definitely recommend this dessert.

    Cider Flight – $9.75

    • 3 Daughters Brewing Fig Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
    • Bold Rock Ginger Turmeric Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA
    • Woodchuck Cinnamon Nutmeg Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT

    3 Daughters Brewing Fig Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL

    The Fig Hard Cider didn’t have as much fig as we had hoped it would. It was certainly sweet and fulfilled the role of cider too with expected flavors.

    Bold Rock Ginger Turmeric Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA

    A standard cider that didn’t necessarily wow us.

    Woodchuck Cinnamon Nutmeg Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT

    There was a definite note of cinnamon in each sip. We don’t think the cinnamon overpowered, which it certainly can do in drinks at times.

    Fig Cocktail with White-Cranberry Juice and Fig Vodka – $11.00

    Skip the beers and go straight to this delicious fig cocktail. An extremely refreshing drink that is probably more white-cranberry juice than anything else. We would’ve hoped for a splash more fig vodka, but we can recommend this drink.

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