Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!
Last week I was in the Walt Disney World for Marathon Weekend and completed the Pluto 5k. More on that later but while I was down there, I was lucky enough to dine at Spice Road Table at Epcot on it's first day! (Check out last week's Snippet for more info.)
My husband and I walked up to the restaurant around 1:00 and were seated immediately in the covered open air section of the restaurant. Our Server Amine appeared almost immediately and was charming and gracious. He explained about the restaurants "small plates" concept, recommended a beer for my husband to try, and gave us time to contemplate the offerings.
While the restaurant offers two "Chef's Specials" – sampling menus of three of the items – we opted to go a la carte. We ordered the Hummus and Imported Olives, the Spicy Garlic Shrimp, and the Fried Calamari. My husband tried the Estrella Damm beer which he enjoyed. (He was nervous when it was first served as he does not typically care for pale beers but thoroughly enjoyed this one!) I had the Marbella Summer, a cocktail made from Torres Brandy, Grand Gala liquer, and Strawberry Puree.
The drinks were good but the food was, as my son would say, scrumptious! The Shrimp was derives it's spice from the Garlic so is not so much spicy as VERY garlicky. Perfect for someone like me who thinks few things can't be improved by the addition of garlic but may be too much for others. The hummus was delicious and the Za'atar flat bread it is served with the perfect accompaniment. But the star for me was the calamari. Not the lsighest hint of chewiness to be found in this calamari, it was perfectly cripsy on the outside and tender on the inside. The dipping sauces – a caper aioli and a harissa sauce – really set off the flavor of the seafood with the harissa adding a nice heat and the aioli a creamy coolness.
I cannot wait to return to Spice Road Table on my next trip and hope to explore more of the menu.
Be well and make magic wherever you go!