The kiosk at the Mexico pavilion during both the Food & Wine and Flower & Garden Festivals usually gets their fare share of guests making their way through the line. Jardin de Fiestas’ menu is very similar to what you’ll find during Food & Wine, with enough tweaks to keep it interesting and new.
Matt went for the the Taco al Pastor ($5.75), which features a Corn Tortilla filled with Achiote-marinated Pork garnished with Grilled Diced Pineapple, Onions, Cilantro, and Salsa Verde.
The portion of pork we received on our order was quite large, but we were happy to see that considering the price tag. The pork was tender and had a nice flavor, with a little bit of heat being balanced out by the sweetness of the pineapple and cooling cilantro. Festival-going pros will know that portion size can be erratic, so you may not get as much bang for your buck. This is a dish that we very well might revisit again during the Festival.
The Vegetable Quesadilla ($5.50) is a Flour Tortilla filled with Monterey Jack Cheese and Mixed Vegetables. At 25 cents more, the Taco al Pastor is the clear winner in value at this kiosk. The flour tortilla was thicker than what you will find in the supermarket, but when folded in half, it doesn’t even fill half the plate.
Taking a peek inside is even more depressing, with a small amount of cheese and even less vegetables, containing around 5 pieces each of pepper, onions, and corn kernels. The flavor was fine, but the price for this is laughable.
I also ordered the Flan de Queso con Chocolate Abuelita ($4.20), which is a Mexican Chocolate Custard with Whipped Cream and Cinnamon.
The flavor of the flan was similar to chocolate milk, and there was a caramel sauce in the bottom of the dish.
As far as desserts at Disney are concerned, the price point was fair, but up 25 cents from last year. Matt and I both liked it, but because I’m not a big sweets person, I’d probably steal a bite or two only if Matt ordered it in the future.
Finally, Matt ordered the Tecate Beer with Patron Citronage ($4.75). For a beer with a bit of liquor added to it, it’s only $1 more than similar sized beers being served at the Festival. Naturally, he was expecting a splash, but he watched it be poured and about 1/3 of the cup was tequila. It was overpowering in a bad way. We’d take a sip and once it ran over the taste buds, it wasn’t pleasing. It took us a while to work through it, with Matt drinking the last 1/4 of the cup as a shot.
Two out of three isn’t bad. The Taco al Pastor and Flan de Queso con Chocolate Abuelita were both solid dishes, while I would completely skip the Vegetable Quesadilla. As I noted, the flavor was fine, but it’s just a bad value, though I imagine vegetarians looking for a non-dessert would live with it. If you go for the Tecate with Patron Citronage, you might just get the splash of tequila, so your experience might not be as bad with the drink.
What have you ordered from Jardin de Fiestas? Do you have a favorite menu item?