We have a HUGE post for you today covering the new Landscape of Flavors restaurant at the Art of Animation Resort! It was a gloomy day outside, but the interior brought plenty of brightness indoors. We’ll start of looking at the restaurant, then move on to some entrees. Be sure to stay tuned tomorrow when we’ll be explore some of their desserts, too!
The main entrance to Landscape of Flavors is located in the middle of the gift shop.
Here’s a view of the Lion King themed dining area.
Here is part of the main dining area, which is themed to cars. Toward the back right is the Finding Nemo themed area, behind the beverage station.
Here are panoramas of the ordering stations from both ends of the space. Click for larger.
There are two enclosed refrigerated cases which sell beverages prepackaged sandwiches, and other snacks.
Apart from the standard Bud/Bud Light/Miller Lite, they have a few other interesting options, including Orlando Brewing, Angry Orchard, and gluten-free Daura.
The first station to the left as you enter features Smoothies and Desserts, the latter of which are self-service from a bakery display. Not all dessert items are listed on the menu, and some can be found in the cases with the beverages.
They also serve gelato.
To the station to the right of the smoothies, you can find sandwiches and a Create-Your-Own Salad.
Continuing to the right is the Tandoori & Mongolian Grill station.
Next is the Pizza & Pasta station. I’m interested in trying the Cheese Pesto Bread on my next visit!
The final station serves Burgers. The Pastrami Cheeseburger sounds good in theory, and the the Chipotle-Barbecue Sauce from Riverside Mill is good, but “Whole Wheat Multigrain Bread” bummed me out. Granted, is not the dreaded whole wheat bun, but all the other “cool” burgers (not the Create-Your-Own, mind you) are served on Brioche! Thinking about it more, that barbecue sauce and pepper jack wouldn’t really fit with the pastrami anyway. Disaster avoided.
The meals we’ll be trying today are both from the Tandoori and Mongolian Grill station. They also had some of their items on display.
Below is an order of the Mongolian Grill Beef Stir Fry ($11.49) along with pickled vegetables and multigrain rice. It is served with a choice of Basmati or Multigrain Rice and one side. The beef took a while to be cooked as it was cooked to order. This will be an issue when the crowds start coming in, but I’m sure in time it will be much more streamlined. The beef had a pleasant sauce, and while the first bite of beef was tough, the rest was fine.
Here is the Tandoori Portuguese Sausage ($9.99). It’s served with Naan and choice of two sides. I had ordered the Spinach and Paneer and Pickled Vegetables, but as it was being plated, I was asked which rice I wanted. I opted for the Multigrain Rice, but this “extra” side may have been a mistake, or perhaps they’ve decided to add rice to the Tandoori dishes.
The pickled vegetables were decent. They had a good crunch to them and nice sourness.
The multigrain rice was a bit al dente, but otherwise had good seasoning to it.
The Naan was really quite good. It seemed to have been quick cooked with some oil on both sides, giving it a bit of crispiness.
The Spinach and Paneer Cheese was a bit underwhelming. The spinach didn’t have any seasoning, and the Paneer only had a little bit of crispness to its exterior. I was looking forward to this, but was a bit disappointed.
The Portuguese Sausages, on the other hand, were delicious. I was hoping for a bit of heat, and even though there wasn’t, they had a well balanced flavor and good snap to the casing.
To drink, I had to try the All-Natural Pomegranate Limeade. The menu states it’s topped with a Lemon-Lime Foam, but as you can even see in the menu picture, they also add the Wildberry Foam that is served on their All-Natural Lemonade.
The base layer on the limeade is the Lemon-Lime Foam, with a Mickey-shaped accent of the Wildberry. The lemonade gets the same treatment, just flipping the flavors. My Mickey head looked a bit sad, but it was still delicious!
That’s the review of the food for today, but be sure to check back tomorrow for our look at desserts and reviews of some of the items!
For those of you fortunate enough to have checked out Landscape of Flavors already, what did you think? If you haven’t visited, are there any menu items that are standing out to you?