We ate at Yak and Yeti yesterday and here was our experience.
We got to the park around 10ish and walked by it to check out the menu, and my wife expressed interest eating there. I was not suprised. There didn’t seem to be anyone to make a reservation for later in the day so we walked around a bit. We ended walking by the restaurant on our way to the bird show next door and noticed some park-goers walking out of the restaurant. Looked into the lobby and the hostess was taking reservations so we made some at 11:30. In retrospect, this was a mistake.
After taking in the show and riding Dinosaur we returned to the restaurant. There was line out the door mostly of walkups along with a few of us who had reservations. They had plenty of tables, but the hostess was having to spend time figuring out where next to seat people, so any one server one not be inundated with three or four tables at one time. If you ever worked at a restaurant you would understand this. Anyway the line did move fairly well and we were eventually seated.
Unfortunately we were seated in the first room. The bar is in here, and as the restaurant filled up, people had a tendency to congregate in here while waiting for their tables. It didn’t get packed but a little annoying as you also could hear the announcements for the next parties to be seated. In addition, it didn’t give me a chance to see much of the restaurant.
For an appetizer we ordered the Dim Sum Basket. This was very good. We really liked the port pot stickers, and the pork sie mai. I liked the shimp siu mai. The cha su bao, was a little lacking in the filling and had a slight licorice flavor, but otherwise good. There were three of each item except for cha su bao which had two. There were two of us I felt it didn’t overstuff me before my entree arrived, but feel it would even be adequate for three people
For our entrees, I ordered the Duck with Anandapur Glaze while my wife ordered the Shaoxing Steak and Shrimp. I liked my duck, it wasn’t overcooked or too oily. The menu describes the Anandapur Glaze as “orange wasabi glaze”. If it wasn’t listed on the menu, I wouldn’t have realized there was a glaze, so don’t let the mention of “wasabi” through you. Although not listed the dish came with the chili plum sauce. I am not a big fan of sweet type sauces so can not fairly judge it. The stir-fried vegetables were the only disappoint of my meal. They tasted like that had sat around a bit so had steamed some.
My wife’s Shaoxing Steak and Shrimp was a mixed bag. The steak was good and had been marinated in a lime concoction. It was a skirt steak and not overcooked which is very easy to do. My wife said that the tempura shrimp were not very good (she was comparing to the tempura shrimp she had Tokyo Dining at EPCOT Center on Friday). I didn’t get a chance to try them, so can’t give my impression. Her dish was also served with the same stir-fried vegetables as mine but was better prepared. BTW: they consisted mostly of green and red bell peppers along with some onion and mushrooms.
I thought the service was adequate, there was one time I had to wait a bit to order another glass of wine, but the server was very, very busy.
Overall I thought it is a decent restaurant, not up to the quality of some of the better restaurants on property, but decent. When I first learned of the restaurant and that it would be run by the folks that own Rainforest, I was concerned that the menu would be very similar in concept as Rainforest, i.e. that the menu items would be fairly conventional food with “cute” names. It is nice that they tried some new things and executed fairly well.
In the future, we will try the restaurant again but I will make reservations for later in the day (12:30-1pm) to avoid the initial crush.