Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Spice Road Table - Epcot

Last Saturday, we had lunch at Spice Road Table, a table service restaurant in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot.  

Whether you sit inside or outside, you will have great views of the World Showcase Lagoon.  When Spice Road Table first opened last year, it served Mediterranean small plates, but now they also offer specialty entrees.  Other changes from when we first dined there are that you can now make advance dining reservations, and they offer a discount to Tables in Wonderland card holders.  

Our server went over the menu with me, and told me what dishes could be prepared gluten free.  We ended up ordering five small plates and one entree, which was plenty of food for the four of us.  

For an entree, I chose the mix grill skewers with marinated beef and chicken, French green beans with toasted almonds, and rice as a substitute for the rosemary potatoes, which are fried in a shared fryer, so they were off limits.  I enjoyed everything about this entree, except the price.  The mix grill skewers used to be a small plate that cost $12, but now, with the addition of green beans and potatoes, or in my case rice, it costs $28.  That's a big price hike for vegetables.  Looking at pictures from my previous review of Spice Road Table, I am not convinced that they have added more meat to this dish, now that it is an entree.  The bowl of fresh herbs I love to dip my meat in was more oil than herbs this time around, but everything on the plate tasted great.  

The spicy garlic shrimp sauteed with dried chilies were good, but not as delicious as they usually are, because they were so spicy, my daughters could not to eat them, and I missed the butter sauce they are usually swimming in.  

The rice stuffed grape leaves were served with raisins, fresh nutmeg, and pine nuts, instead of the capers mentioned on the menu.  I liked this dish, but I remember loving it on all of our previous visits.  Maybe it was the addition of the pine nuts, which I am not used to on the grape leaves at Spice Road Table.  

The Moroccan lamb sausage served with tomato, red onion, and cilantro salad was just as delicious as I remembered it being.  The lamb is flavorful, and has a bit of a spicy kick, which is nicely tempered by the tomato salad it is served with.  

My husband and daughters really enjoyed the hummus and imported olives, served with gluten-filled bread on the side, but they didn't have any gluten free bread for me, and I didn't love either hummus.  

My family also really liked the hummus fries with cumin, cilantro and preserved lemon aioli.  They are gluten free, but I couldn't eat them because they are made in a shared fryer.  

The highlight of my meal was the saffron and lemon custard I had for dessert.  I am so happy that Spice Road Table now has a gluten free dessert option.  It tasted like a creme brulee with a hint of lemon and saffron, and it had crushed pistachios on top.  This dessert was so good, it is worthy of being added to my blog post about the best gluten free desserts at Disney World.

Overall, we all left Spice Road Table happy with our meal, even though some of the small plates were not as good as they have been on previous visits.  I am pretty sure we ordered all the small plates that can be made gluten free, but there are definitely other entrees that are either gluten free or can be modified to be gluten free.  From what I remember, the coriander crusted rack of lamb, the yellow fin tuna, and the all natural roasted chicken entrees are other possible gluten free options.

You can read more about Spice Road Table, view their menu, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at Spice Road Table?  


  1. As a gluten-free vegan, pretty much the only thing I can eat is the grape leaves. They are good, but so expensive for 2 bites of food!!! This is not a place I will visit again :(