While we tried out the Chili Colorado with House-made Chips and Cashew Cheese the year Terra was introduced, we skipped the food offerings in 2013, opting for the Watermelon Juice instead. Neither of us were fans in 2012 of the chili, and we weren’t willing to give it another chance. This year, Terra introduced a Blackened Chick’n Breast and CraB’less CraB Cake.
While I do occasionally eat faux meat (on purpose, even), it’s not a top pick for my diet. If I’m going to pass on meat, I’d prefer a flavorful vegetarian or vegan option, and I really hope that’s the direction Terra moves someday. But now, that’s not the case, and with new items on the menu, it was time I give the kiosk another try.
First up, we have the Blackened Chick’n Breast with Farro Wheat and Spicy Gumbo Sauce featuring Gardein Chick’n Breast. The gumbo sauce did have a little kick to it, and the farro was cooked well.
This would have been just as successful using actual chicken. With the addition of some more vegetables, it could have stood on its own.
I’ve had Gardein’s chick’n in the past, and I’m not a big fan. Preparation is definitely important, as it, just like real chicken, can get tough and be very bland. Terra did well in this aspect with the dish, with the chick’n retaining moisture and seriously almost tasting like what it’s mimicking.
The CraB’less CraB Cake with pepper slaw and Cajun Remoulade featuring Gardein was a surprising win for me. Fans of “real” crabcakes will like be appalled by this dish, but if you accept the dish for what it is, it’s quite good.
Yes, the “filler” is prominent, but the veggies provide a nice crunch for a textural element. The remoulade had a nice heat level, and the slaw was crisp.
I truly enjoyed both of these dishes and would happily order either of them again, though my vote would go to the CraB’less CraB Cake if I could only choose one. It’s also a recipe in this year’s Food & Wine cookbook, so it may be a recipe I test at home for review. I’m glad I didn’t decide to skip Terra this year. I’m sure I’ll be ordering the CraB’less CraB Cake again, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I go for the Blackened Chick’n Breast as well. Matt wasn’t with me when I tried the two dishes, but I think he might too be pleasantly surprised this year. That’s saying a lot for the kiosk he refers to as “Terra-ble.”
We’ll keep you posted on updated reviews from Terra as the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival continues. What have you tried from the kiosk, and what did you think? What are you looking forward to trying?