Friday, December 1, 2017

Spice Road Table - Epcot

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

 I made advance dining reservations for a Candlelight Dining Package, so we would be guaranteed seats at the Candlelight Processional the last day of our Thanksgiving Break trip.

It is less expensive to book a Candlelight Dining Package for lunch, and Spice Road Table is one of the cheapest options at $50/person. We received tickets to the 5:00 Candlelight Processional, and getting in line about 50 minutes before the show, we were able to get seats in the 4th row.

Spice Road Table has indoor and outdoor seating with great views of the World Showcase Lagoon. We chose to sit inside, because it was a little bit chilly,

Three courses were included as part of our Candlelight Dining Package - an appetizer (small plate), entree, and dessert.

Spice Road Table is not a Disney-owned and operated restaurant, so they do not have an allergy-friendly menu, but we have dined there several times before, and have always had a good experience.

For a small plate, I chose the spicy garlic shrimp with dried chilies and garlic.  I have always enjoyed this dish, which has the perfect level of heat for me.

My family ordered the hummus & imported olives, and rice stuffed grape leaves with raisins and fresh nutmeg. Our server told me that I could eat the hummus & imported olives, minus the bread it was served with, but she was unsure whether the grape leaves were safe. They also ordered the fried calamari, which was off limits for me.

I chose not to eat any of my family's food, because their dishes were not marked as an allergy order. I have had the grape leaves on past visits, and really liked them, because they were not as lemony as grape leaves tend to be at restaurants, and I thought they were complimented well by the raisins. Our server recommended the fresh tuna salad small plate, and looking back at old reviews, I have had the Moroccan lamb sausage before and loved it. We have not dined at Spice Road Table in two years, so I am not sure if it is still gluten free. In retrospect, I probably should have asked to speak to a chef to get a better idea of all the options available to me.

For an entree, I chose the coriander crusted rack of lamb with basmati rice, and green beans subbed for the roasted tomatoes and zucchini.

When our server brought it to the table, she said the sauce it is served with is not gluten free, so I asked for a side of the fresh herbs served with the mix grill skewers.  My lamb was super tender, and cooked perfectly. It was nicely seasoned, so I did not need the fresh herbs, but they ended up being a good accompaniment for my rice. I am glad I ordered the green beans, which were seasoned and cooked nicely.

My daughters split two entrees. They did not love their lamb sliders, because of the seasoning, but they both enjoyed the mix grill skewers with marinated beef and chicken, green beans, and rice subbed for the rosemary potatoes. This dish is gluten free, minus the rosemary potatoes, which are made in a shared fryer. I ordered the mixed grill skewers the last time we dined at Spice Road Table and liked it, but I wanted to try something new. You can read my previous review of Spice Road Table here.

Our server told me that I could order the NY strip steak, with rice subbed for the rosemary potatoes. My husband chose this as his entree, and said it was good.

For dessert, our overcautious server told me that I could only have fruit, which was a big disappointment to me, but when I told her that I had ordered the saffron & pistachio custard on past visits, she checked with the chef who makes them, and told me it was safe.

If you love creme brulee and pistachios, I highly recommend that you order this dish, which was a delicious finale to a great meal.

Price-wise, when you added up the cost of our appetizers, entrees, and desserts, each meal was a little below or a little above the $50 we paid per person, and we received tickets to the Candlelight Processional, so I think it was a good bargain. Typically, we would not all order three-course meals, but we ended up eating all of our food except a couple of the lamb sliders my girls ordered. Because our daughters are 12, we had to pay adult prices for them.  For children ages 3 to 9, the cost for the Candlelight Dining Package for lunch at Spice Road Table is $21.

You can read more about the 2017 Candlelight Dining Packages, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website here.

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

What are your favorite gluten free options at Spice Road table?


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