Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Nomad Lounge - Disney's Animal Kingdom

This summer, we had lunch at Nomad Lounge  in Disney's Animal Kingdom four times during our trips to Disney World in June and July.

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.

When we visit Disney World over Thanksgiving Break, we enjoy sitting outside, but in the summer, we like to take a break from the heat, and dine inside.

Nomad Lounge has an allergy-friendly menu that lists options for people with gluten/wheat, milk, egg, soy, fish/shellfish, peanut, and tree nut allergies. I have been told that everything on the menu is naturally gluten free or can be modified to be gluten free, except the vegetarian sliders.

You can also order gluten-friendly appetizers and enhancements from Tiffins' allergy-friendly menu, so be sure to ask your server for the menu if they do not offer it to you.

I highly recommend the roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon-sherry vinaigrette and crispy shallots, which we had in July when we dined at Tiffins.

They might have been the best Brussels sprouts we have ever eaten. You can read my Tiffins review here.

We rarely drink anything but water, but Nomad Lounge has some fun 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.

The chicken satay with spicy peanut sauce and cucumber salad is one of my favorite small plates at Nomad Lounge. I always ask for an extra side of peanut sauce.

On our first visit this summer, it was the perfect blend of sweet and spicy, but the next time we stopped in, the peanut sauce was pretty bland, because it lacked the sweetness I enjoy.

One of the many things I love about dining at Disney World is that I can order safe gluten free french fries made in a dedicated fryer.

We always order the truffle poutine at Nomad Lounge, minus the cheese and gravy. I am not a fan of gravy, but I usually love cheese. The Truffle Tremor cheese on the poutine at Nomad Lounge is a goat cheese, and it is way too funky tasting for my daughters and I. We do love the black truffle salt and crispy onions though, why is why these fries are one of my favorites at Disney.

The Tiffins bread service is not marked as safe for gluten/wheat allergies on the allergy-friendly menu, but it can be modified to be gluten free.

For bread, Nomad Lounge will provide gluten free papadum, which is crispy and delicious. The fig tapenade it is served with is amazing, and I enjoy the tadka too, which reminds me of a thick salsa. We decided to order a second fig tapenade instead of the spiced coriander yogurt with our bread service, because it is our least favorite accompaniment.

On our second visit in July, I ordered the Wagya beef sliders with yuca fries and tomato pear jam. Nomad Lounge does have gluten free buns, but I decided to skip them, because they have always served Ener-G rolls, which I do not enjoy. They might have recently made the switch to Bloomfield Farms rolls though, so I might give them a try the next time we stop in. My beef sliders were great with the tomato pear jam, and I really enjoyed the yuca fries.

Last year, we ordered the smoked pork ribs with sweet soy glaze. My whole family misses the honey-glazed, coriander-spiced pork ribs that Nomad Lounge used to make. We were not that impressed with the soy glaze, but might give the ribs a try again when we return to Disney World in November.

One of our friends ordered the Tuna Poke Bowl when we dined at Nomad Lounge over Thanksgiving Break. I have not tried it myself, because I do not like raw fish, but Ed said it was good.

You might wonder why we dine at Nomad Lounge at least twice every time we go to Disney World. The main reason is that they serve gluten free churros! All the churros at Nomad Lounge are made with Cup4Cup multipurpose flour, and this is the only Disney restaurant that makes them gluten free.

The churros themselves are amazing, but they are taken to the next level with the vanilla and chili-strawberry sauces they are served with. I suggest dipping each bite in both sauces. The combination of flavors is really incredible. The churros do contain dairy and egg, and they are also not safe for soy allergies, because they are made in a shared fryer with products that contain soy.

You cannot use the Disney Dining Plan at Nomad Lounge, and they do not offer a discount to annual passholders, but we did save 20% with our Tables in Wonderland card. 

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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