O.k. That says Yak & Yeti Restaurant. I know. Normally I’ll be leaving the restaurants to the fine folks at Eating WDW and the Disney Food Blog to cover as they do so well. That’s not to say I won’t cover the occasional restaurant specialty drink or dessert drink menu, but probably not a whole restaurant unless I have a good reason. Well, this is a good reason. There’s a bar in there! It’s a small bar, but it’s a bar that is in air conditioning out of the often brutal Florida sun. So that’s definitely something I want to talk about.
The Yak & Yeti is located in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, just across the bridge and not too far down from Expedition Everest. The restaurant is housed in a two story building which is highly themed with lots of interesting things to look at, but that’s to be expected since it is own by the same restaurant group, Landry’s, which owns Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex. Here’s a look at some of the interesting decor they have inside.
I’m not going to get in to all the food selections, but you can find the menu here if you are interested. Note that you can order food while seated at the bar if you like. As it was, we stopped in for dessert and drinks. Here’s a picture of the dessert, fried cream cheese wontons covered in a honey vanilla drizzle with vanilla ice cream and strawberries.
To be honest, I didn’t try them. I heard they were pretty good though.
I was here for the drinks, and the drink menu at the Yak & Yeti has some tasty sounding choices, as you can see.
On this visit, I had the Shanghai Express.
I found it to be quite delicious and packing a decent enough punch (although after the two drinks I had at Dawa Bar prior to just before going to Yak & Yeti, it’s a little hard to be sure). My drinking companion decided to give the Bonsai Blast a try.
Lucky me, I got to try that too and found it to be equally yummy. Full disclosure, however, I’m a bit of a sucker for blue drinks.
Due to the time of day we got there, late afternoon just before the park closed, and probably the time of year as well, late January, the restaurant was not very busy, nor was the bar, as you can see.
I did say it was a small bar, didn’t I? As such, I can pretty much guarantee you won’t see it looking like that if you stop by on a hot summer’s afternoon. But fortunately you can get your Shanghai Express, Bonsai Blast, or any of the other delicious drinks above to go. If you’d rather have beer, they have a few beers on tap (Safari Amber, Kirin, Shocktop, and Bud Light) as well as a few different bottled beer selections that include representatives from all over the world, including Sapporo (Japan), Tsing Tao (China), Kingfisher Lager (India), and others.
Yak & Yeti does not accept Tables in Wonderland, but if you have the new Landry’s Select card (the recent replacement for the Rainforest Cafe Safari Club) you can earn points here. Personally, I miss the 15% discount from the Rainforest Safari Club, but I suppose the points are better than nothing.
Whether you’re dining, looking to escape the heat at the bar, or just wanting to grab a drink to go, the Yak & Yeti is a great choice at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for any of the three. If you’d like to see a few more pictures, we’ve put up a photo gallery.