Sunday, October 13, 2019

Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen - Magic Kingdom

In late July, my daughters and I had lunch at Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen, the Jungle Cruise themed restaurant in Adventureland at Disney's Magic Kingdom.

Skipper Canteen, which is staffed by the crew of the fun loving Jungle Navigation Co. LTD, is a table service restaurant featuring Asian, South American, and African cuisine.

We love the service, the decor, and the food at Skipper Canteen, and in the last few years, it has become our favorite restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. 

Skipper Canteen's allergy-friendly menu lists options for people with gluten/wheat, milk, egg, soy, fish/shellfish, and peanut/tree nut allergies. If gluten/wheat is listed under a dish on the menu, it does not contain gluten.

Our server mentioned that several dishes that are not marked as gluten-friendly can be modified to be gluten free. When I first visited Skipper Canteen, a chef told me that they only use gluten free tamari soy sauce in the restaurant.

In July, our server asked us if we wanted pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) with chimichurri cream cheese. When she told us about this new menu item, she did not mention that this dish was on Skipper Canteen's Not So Secret Menu. along with several sangria options, and shrimp in a cup. I am not sure if the shrimp in a cup, which features sauced shrimp with coleslaw and lime, is gluten-friendly, but I have heard you get to keep the cute canteen mug it is served in.

The pao de queijo was pretty amazing, and I am pretty sure they are house-made. We love cream cheese in baked goods, but have never liked it in savory dishes, so we did not eat too much of it, but the chimichurri was great with the Brazilian cheese bread.

The Falls Family Falafel is my favorite appetizer at Skipper Canteen. It features a secret recipe of chickpeas, garlic, onions, lemon juice, and herbs served with their delicious house-made edamame hummus, and toasted pumpkin seeds.

I usually order the Tastes Like Chicken Because It Is, but I decided to try the Sustainable Fish with tilefish, a cassava cake, wilted greens, and guava habanero sauce.

Overall, this was an excellent entree that I would order again. I really enjoyed the combination of flavors, and the presentation was beautiful.

My husband and parents will be with us when we return to Skipper Canteen in November, so I will definitely be ordering the Tastes Like Chicken Because It Is, which features crispy-fried chicken served with jasmine rice, chili glaze,  and seasonal vegetables.

I love that my husband is always willing to share appetizers and entrees with me so I can try several dishes. The new preparation of Dr. Falls' Signature Steak looks great, so I am tempted to order that too. It is now being served with a caramelized onion puree and red wine reduction.

One of my favorite gluten free desserts at Disney World is the Quick Sand with jasmine rice pudding, mango sauce, lemon curd, hibiscus meringue, and pineapple.

The rice pudding is so deliciously creamy, and complimented perfectly by the mango sauce and lemon curd. The cookie on top is made with almond flour, which is why this dessert is not safe for people with tree nut allergies.

We also tried the Monkey Bites, a gluten free dessert from the kids menu. The bananas dipped in chocolate and coated in chocolate-sunflower seeds were overripe, which this green banana loving girl did not enjoy. I would order this dessert again though, because I really liked the pistachio sponge cake with whipped cream, and the tiny meringues, which tasted like lemon.

Overall, we had a great meal at Skipper Canteen this summer, and we look forward to dining there again when we return to Disney World over Thanksgiving Break.

You can read more about Skipper Canteen, view their menu and hours, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website

What are your favorite gluten free options at Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen? 


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