Sunday, August 23, 2020

Nomad Lounge - Disney's Animal Kingdom

During our trip to Disney World in July, we had lunch at Nomad Lounge in Disney's Animal Kingdom both days we visited the park. 



Nomad Lounge serves small plates and drinks from around the world. It is located next to Tiffins, right outside of Pandora. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, and you don't need to worry about advance dining reservations, because Nomad Lounge only accepts walk-ins. We like to arrive at Nomad Lounge right before they open at 11:30, but on both days we visited Disney's Animal Kingdom, they opened at 11:00. 


When we visit Disney World over Thanksgiving Break, we usually sit outside, but in the summer, we like to take advantage of the air conditioning. We were happy with the social distancing of tables at Nomad Lounge, which were already spaced out well before the pandemic. 


Usually, Nomad Lounge's allergy-friendly menu has about 10 items on it, but because of the pandemic, the menu was significantly reduced. In the past, I have been able to order gluten-friendly appetizers and enhancements from Tiffins' allergy-friendly menu, but it was not offered to me this summer, and I did not ask to see it, because there was nothing on the menu from Tiffins that I was interested in ordering on this trip. 

My daughters and I usually only drink water, but Nomad Lounge has some amazing non-alcoholic drinks. One of our favorites is the Balinese Breeze with Mountain Berry tea, simple syrup, and lemon juice.

I also love the Hibiscus Henna, which features watermelon, hibiscus, and lime juice topped with soda water.


Tiffins Bread Service can be made gluten free if you request for it to be served with papadum, a thin, crispy Indian flatbread. 


The bread service is served with red pepper hummus, spicy coriander yogurt, and ginger-pear chutney. The ginger pear chutney is our favorite, so we asked for two sides. The hummus is good too, but only my husband liked the spicy coriander yogurt. 


On both visits, we all ordered the Chicken Manchurian Nomad Bowl with steamed rice, red cabbage kimchi, ginger-scallion oil, and crimini mushrooms. 


The chicken is breaded and fried, and slightly sweet. I really enjoyed this dish, but I wish the kimchi had been more flavorful. It tasted like plain cabbage on our first visit. The second time we dined at Nomad Lounge, it had a little more flavor, but not as much as you would expect. 


A visit to Nomad Lounge is not complete without an order or two of their amazing gluten free churros. All the churros served at Nomad Lounge are gluten free, because they are made with Cup4Cup flour. 


My favorite way to eat the churros at Nomad Lounge is to dip each bite in the vanilla crema and chili-strawberry sauce. 


Hopefully, by the time we return to Disney World in November, Nomad Lounge will add some more small plates back to their menu. There are other restaurants we enjoy at Disney's Animal Kingdom, like Tiffins and Satu'li Canteen, but it is hard for us to pass up a chance to dine at Nomad Lounge. 

You can read more about Nomad Lounge, and view their menu and hours on Disney's website.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at Nomad Lounge in Disney's Animal Kingdom?



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